I have been living in South Plainfield, New Jersey, for a decade and would never go back to California. Everything you could possibly want is within an hour drive. When I want to experience fine dining, I have the best Italian restaurants right down the road, or I can drive into Staten Island or the other direction to Philadelphia.
When we want to keep the kids busy, we take them to the trampoline park, local parks, or one of many zoos in the region. We can even have our pick of the best beaches on the east coast. The best areas in South Plainfield are the beaches, we can be in Long Branch in minutes, or choose from Point Pleasant, Seaside Park, Wildwood, or Cape May. Endless miles of beaches with boardwalks and carnival-style food from pizza, funnel cakes, to sausage and pepper sandwiches.
Living in South Plainfield is amazing because I feel safe and my kids love the community we live.