Fair Haven got quite an effusive plug in the real estate section of the Sunday New York Times, which characterized the borough as a middle-class “small-town USA” with a history of diversity.
From the article:
You could take Fair Haven, pick it up and plop it down in the middle of Kansas and nobody would bat an eye, said Mayor Michael Halfacre, a lifelong resident. About two-thirds of the parents at his childrens soccer games, he added, went to high school with him.
The article quotes a Jewish resident of 44 years who says he moved to town because he wanted to live in a place with “some diversity;” touches on the character of several neighborhoods, including the historic Old Village and River Oaks; and quotes a resident of more recent vintage who paid $1.36 million for a 4,200-square-foot house on Kemp Avenue.
Times reporter Jill Capuzzo also calls attention to Fair Haven’s kid-friendliness:
The town doesnt have school buses, so children walk or cycle, and the Third Street artery that connects the elementary and middle schools halts traffic twice a day to accommodate the students commute. The neighborhood around the schools, known as River Oaks, is especially popular with school-age families, said Ruth Zochowski, a broker with Gloria Nilson Realtors.
People who live in Fair Haven tend to stay in Fair Haven, she added. Its such a family-oriented place that kids get attached to friends and involved in activities so when they grow up they want to stay.