Best Neighborhoods to Live in USA: Suburbs You Should Relocate To

Montclair, New Jersey

The suburbs of New York City range from exceptional bed-sharing communities to historic small towns. Montclair combines the best of all in a sort of old-meets-new mashup where low-rise condos and classic colonial homes draw families and singles alike. Montclair is only about a half-hour train ride from Manhattan, but the Burb is so much more than just a place to rest your head at night, as it has its own art museum filled with American and Indigenous art, as well as an operetta club, although it is looking for a new venue. Much of Montcair’s high culture comes from Montclair State University, which brings to the community a robust arts program and 1,000-seat theater.

What might surprise some about this central Jersey suburb is the variety of food that can be found here. And while it’s not exactly Manhattan, Ethiopian food is a staple

Mesob, Thai at Kai Yang or Italian fare at Fascino are just as rewarding as in town. But in 2022, you can’t be cool without a rooftop bar, and Montclair has one perched atop the MC Hotel. Called Alto, it feels like a terrace on the area’s colorful hills, where light snacks, beers and cocktails pair perfectly with a purple sunset.

There’s even a bit of celebrity cool in Montclair, as it’s often used as a film set and has welcomed the likes of Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon and Richard Gere in recent months. It’s not uncommon to see other stars as well, as Montclair is also home to Stephen Colbert and cosmetics magnate Bobbi Brown.

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