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Our Neighborhood | 08/4/21
If you’re ready to step away from the bright lights and big city as you head into retirement—but can’t imagine leaving the excitement of New York City completely behind—making your new home in nearby Somerset County may be the perfect solution!
Somerset County, located just an hour away from New York City in central New Jersey, is an ideal answer for city-dwelling seniors who crave a small-town change of pace but want to remain close to the city they love.
Easing into retirement may feel like your chance to slow down your pace of life and take a big, calming breath. You’ll find plenty of space to relax and unwind in Somerset County, where the county itself and many of its cities are regularly ranked among the best places to live in New Jersey. Rural landscaping, friendly neighborhoods, fewer crowds, and quieter surroundings all make this area a treasure for retirees.
One of Somerset County’s greatest assets is its exceptional park system, where you can find award-winning horticultural displays and nature trails ideal for hiking, biking, or jogging. Sourland Mountain Preserve is a popular destination, well-known for its scenic views and intriguing rock formations. Other nearby sites, like Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, offer additional outdoor recreation such as canoeing and fishing.
With an Ivy League school like Princeton University little more than a stone’s throw away, it’s no wonder education is a big priority in this area. That’s great news for young families, but it also means plenty of opportunity for adults to pursue their lifelong learning interests and enjoy art and cultural events in a more serene setting.
Despite being the second wealthiest county in New Jersey and one of the top 20 wealthiest counties in the nation, Somerset County offers a considerably lower cost of living than New York City—20% less, in fact. Housing, health care, and transportation are all more affordable in Somerset County than in New York City.
Speaking of health care, you can expect to find exceptional care in Somerset County, whether it’s through a Life Plan Community like Stonebridge at Montgomery or a highly reputable healthcare center nearby like Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, which was named a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report. Simply living away from the air pollution and energy of the city may have heart health benefits, according to one recent study. Add that to the leisurely lifestyle, multiple options for taking in the fresh air while you exercise, and supportive programs that promote your well-being, and you may find that you’ve never felt better.
When you’re craving more action, it’s still in easy reach. Located just 45 miles west of New York City, Somerset County is an easy drive back to the hustle and bustle of the city. If you prefer to leave the driving to someone else, you can travel by train from New Jersey Transit’s Jersey Avenue Station or New Brunswick Station to Penn Station in New York in under an hour, or bus service takes about the same amount of time. Jaunts to the city aside, Somerset County is also a convenient home base for visiting loved ones to the North or South, or even planning a getaway to explore the Jersey Shore.
A senior living community like Stonebridge at Montgomery gives you even more reason to love the idea of retiring in Somerset County. Make arrangements to visit and discover our carefree, independent lifestyle, along with our spacious floor plans (including private cottages) and amenities designed to enhance your mind, body, and spirit.