MONEY

Best places for the rich and single

Money may not grow on trees, but it’s put down roots in these towns. Look for Mr. or Mrs. Right here, while they’re still single and ready to mingle.

  • Garden City, NY

    Victoria Sambunaris Untitled, 2010 (Farm with workers) Jacumba, CA

    Garden City has been a haven for the wealthy to escape New York for the last 150 years. Less than an hour from the Big Apple, the village is still one of Long Island’s most desirable and exclusive places to live.

    Head to Franklin Ave., the heart of a revitalized downtown district. Luxury retailers anchor the strip, once known as the “Fifth Avenue of Long Island.” Fill your shopping bags and then your appetite on Franklin’s burgeoning restaurant row. Then work off that five-star meal with a romantic stroll among Garden City’s historic homes.

  • Manhattan Beach, CA

    Victoria Sambunaris Untitled, 2010 (Cerro de Gallardo) Douglas, AZ

    Manhattan Beach is a city of Kings … and Lakers and Clippers. It’s easy to see why this is the place for rich, single professional athletes. It’s just down the road from team training facilities and LAX airport. Ultra-luxe mansions big enough to fit superstar egos don’t hurt either.

    Meet athletic types at the city’s namesake beach, where the sand is so nice, it’s been shipped to Hawaii. After a day of surfing, paddle boarding and volleyball, cool down in a Manhattan Ave. bar or restaurant and wait for the night to heat up.

  • University Park, TX

    Victoria Sambunaris Untitled, 2010 (Distant border view west) Coronado National Monument, AZ

    Luck or kismet? This year’s top city for the rich and single happens to be split down the middle by an actual Lovers Lane. But secluded spots in University Park these days are more likely to be found behind the walls of multimillion-dollar homes.

    The city was named for Southern Methodist University. With sister-suburb Highland Park, it now forms an old-money enclave surrounded by Dallas that outsiders have nicknamed “The Bubble.” To residents, it’s just a friendly little neighborhood in the middle of Big D.

    In town you’ll find great parks and community events. Or step outside The Bubble into Dallas for world-class restaurants, shopping and culture.

  • Menlo Park, CA

    Downtown Menlo Park, California
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    Friend a Facebook employee in Menlo Park. The social network’s world headquarters are located there on the shores of San Francisco Bay, and its payrolls are teeming with newly minted millionaires.

    From Hacker Way, it’s a short hop across town to Sand Hill Road, where billionaire venture capitalists hold high-tech’s purse strings. Spot a mogul down on Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park’s main stretch for shopping and dining, and see if you can form a startup of your own.

  • Haddonfield, NJ

    ©Colette Oswald,2009

    If you’re looking for a singles scene in Haddonfield, you won’t find it at a bar. This New Jersey borough has been dry since 1873. But that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of places to meet people.

    Haddonfield plays host to a series of year-round events for socializing: from First Fridays, to a townwide sidewalk sale, to a fall festival and craft show. You can volunteer with a town organization or just head to historic Kings Highway for its little stores, cafes and galleries. As they like to say in Haddonfield: Shopping is for the civilized, courtesy is the norm, and friendliness is common.

  • Dobbs Ferry, NY

    VIVIAN MAIER—MALOOF COLLECTION Untitled, 1954, New York

    No malls or big-box stores, just an eclectic little village with a proudly diverse community — it’s easy to see why Dobbs Ferry has been called “Berkeley on the Hudson.” Meeting people in this close-knit town is as easy as running into them on the street.

    Start on Main St. with its shops, restaurants and farmers market for locally sourced goods and food. Then take a bike ride with your sweetie along the old Croton Aqueduct, or go fruit-picking in a nearby orchard. Finally take the apple of your eye for a drink at Half Moon, where you can gaze at stunning sunsets over the Hudson River Valley.

  • Norfolk, MA

    VIVIAN MAIER—MALOOF COLLECTION New York, 1954

    Small-town pride just a short hop from the big city — that’s Norfolk. This Boston suburb is an oasis of quiet friendliness where community is No. 1. So get moving and get out there.

    Lace up your kicks for the Taylor’s Triumph 5k fun run. Hit the links to benefit diabetes research at the Norfolk Challenge Golf Tournament. Or put on your dancing shoes for the Norfolk Community League’s 2013 Gala. And if you need a little quiet time after all that socializing, take a walk on the boardwalk at the Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary.

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