Northern New Jersey provides more entertainment, natural beauty, and culture than you could ever absorb in a lifetime. The various lakes around this scenic area encourage boating and water sports, while deep forests beckon campers and nature lovers to enjoy outdoor adventures. New residents can look forward to leisure hours spent enjoying the thousands of acres of state, county, municipal, and even private recreation destinations that offer beautiful scenery and peaceful retreats from the city.

Those who prefer spectator sports will enjoy easy access to the Meadowlands Sports Complex. The New York Giants and the Jets football teams play at Giants Stadium, while the Nets basketball team and the Devils hockey team play in Byrne Arena. This vast complex also includes a racetrack that hosts both thoroughbred and harness racing. The excitement of Shea Stadium and Madison Square Garden is close enough for those who are avid fans of the New York sports scene.

Much more than just a sports center, Meadowlands serves as a special events and performing arts venue, hosting many world-class groups and the biggest names in entertainment throughout the year. In spite of the fact that Northern New Jersey is so accessible to internationally famous cultural attractions in Manhattan, many of its communities are noted for their visual and performing arts. Symphonies, concerts, choral performances, ballet and jazz, live theatre, opera, nightclub talent, comedy clubs, artist studios, fine art galleries, and museums are all available either down the street or just a short drive from “home.”

Although the traditional “village greens” of colonial days have long since given way to the sprawling shopping malls of suburbia, scattered antique districts and charming shops still delight those who are looking for bargains and treasures. High fashion in regional malls can be found in major department stores, boutiques, and specialty shops. Displays of fine apparel and merchandise often rival the quality found in New York City — at lower prices.

Newcomers will also be pleased at the wide range of housing options available in Northern New Jersey — ranging from pre-Revolutionary War landmarks and quaint older homes to million-dollar mansions on beautifully landscaped grounds or new construction that features every modern convenience and amenity. A wide variety of condominiums and townhomes — some of which provide every luxury — provide low-maintenance living options that can include spectacular high-rise developments that command spectacular views.

With the area’s progressive and friendly government, widespread revitalization, and some of the leading manufacturers in the nation as well as premier research centers, Northern New Jersey enjoys a prosperous present and looks forward to an even brighter future. Add the ingredients of rich cultural resources, excellent schools, and fine homes for a winning combination that ensures an outstanding quality of life.

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