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An Expat Talks about Living in Far Hills, New Jersey

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Far Hills

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Far Hills is generally a quiet town. In fact, I think that you can't even buy liquor anywhere in the town at all. Like many other communities in the area, children attend school in the Bernardsville system. This often leads to social activities being centered around the area instead of just Far Hills. In the fall, the Far Hills Race Meeting brings thousands of people to join in a day of steeplechase racing, tailgating and socializing. People come from all over the tri-state area. Otherwise, people tend to gravitate towards golf, fitness and various other outdoor activities. There are a lot of country clubs in the area, including Fox Hollow, which is semi-private and not too far away. However, people are generally very private.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

This is not a very diverse area, and some people might find it boring and too homogenous. Most adults are accepting of differences.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Pharmaceuticals, Telecommunications and any other professional occupations are nearby. There are hardly any businesses in Far Hills. The town is far more residential, and people in the town are fiercely protective of this. Zoning is very strict and will most likely never be loosened up. I believe in some areas you have to have 10 acres to build.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

The entire area - Bernardsville, Peapack-Gladstone, Far Hills, Bedminster - is described generally as Somerset Hills, and this is all upscale and centered around family life. It is sometimes a bit snobby. The quality of life is great, though. Most people do take work very seriously and are working professionals of one kind or another.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

If you are looking for a nice, quiet hamlet in which to raise a family, enjoy! However, if I wanted to expose my kids to diversity, Far Hills probably isn't going to succeed in this regard. You have to go elsewhere to do most of your shopping, but if you are looking for a private town with a conservative lifestyle and social circle, it's for you.

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