Photos courtesy of the township of plainsboro
New Jersey's Best Towns For Families 2017 Middlesex County
Average Home Price: $387,960
Plainsboro is a great option for families looking to get away from the hustle and bustle. This suburban community isn’t only beautiful, but has tons to offer.
Just ask Laurie de Jong, who bought her Plainsboro home in 2002 after living in an apartment there for years. Having moved from New Brunswick, Laurie and her husband Eric list its diversity, open space and peaceful feel as a few of its many pluses.
Plainsboro “provides numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in different cultures and traditions,” says de Jong. “I like the small-town feel…there are so many events focused on family togetherness.”
While the town is filled with beautiful parks–including the 1,000-acre Plainsboro Preserve, which boasts a lake and walking trails—residents are still within driving distance to NYC and Philadelphia, and only minutes away from downtown Princeton. Laurie’s four children, 10-year-old triplets and an eight-year-old, have tons of fun opportunities in their hometown, plus a great school district.
De Jong also loves the year-round programs for kids of all ages offered at the public library. “My family takes advantage of the plentiful bike paths, parks (with opportunities to go fishing and boating) and the local youth baseball and softball leagues.”
De Jong’s favorite summer hangout is RedBerry Frozen Yogurt. “No matter the season, you’ll find RedBerry packed with families after a school play or concert,” she says. “It’s a great place to wind down after a bike ride.” —by Taryn Pire