The picture perfect hometown, Allendale’s main street is like visiting a Norman Rockwell painting while its residential streets are meticulously maintained and reflect pride of ownership. There is a versatility among its residents that is expressed in a wide range of clubs and organizations for all ages, recreation parks and school activities. The scenic community is highlighted by the Celery Farm, which consists of over 107 acres of preserve and is one of the most unique bird sanctuaries in the state. The community is also graced with Crestwood Lake Park, a vast sand-bottom lake, which hosts one of the most picturesque swim clubs in the county. A perfect commuter location, the town has a busy rail station for easy access to New York City as well as bus service.
Renowned for its namesake of 21 lakes that grace its pristine countryside, this wooded community features mostly one acre plus properties with a beautiful mix of classic and contemporary homes, along with unprecedented hillside and lakeside estates. Its picturesque profile lends itself to a semi-private golf and country club along with beautiful public parks and recreational facilities and numerous ponds and streams. This community has an outstanding school system with four elementary schools and two shared high schools; Ramapo Regional in neighboring Wyckoff and Indian Hills in Oakland. The town’s library and recreation programs are wonderful attributes of the community.
Sources: NJMLS.com, franklinlakes.org
This community was named, “The Best Place to Live in the State of New Jersey” in 2011 by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, citing its affluence, low crime rate and the quality of its school system, as well as its proximity to New York City. Known for its hyphenated name of American Indian descent, the town is residential in nature, has no major industries, but does have a number professional offices, attractive stores, and businesses. Rich in history, the community is highlighted by The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark and house museum. The fourteen-room Gothic Revival home built in the 1800s was designated a National Historic Landmark for the excellence of its architecture. Set in the heart of town is the 221 year-old Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Tavern, a popular restaurant and bar. Its location on Franklin Turnpike is known for being the route of George Washington’s Army during the Revolutionary War. A vital commuter community, it is on the NJ Transit rail system and is accessible to all major arteries.
Sources: njmonthly.com, NJMLS.com, ho-ho-kusboro.com
This 26+ square mile community is Bergen County’s largest municipality and boasts more open space than any other town. Nestled in the Ramapo Mountains with the Ramapo River lacing its northwestern border this town is a nature lover’s paradise. Often referred to as Bergen County’s parkland, it hosts several State and County Parks and Reservations, on almost 5,000 acres of county and state parkland, offering hiking, skiing, snowboarding, biking, archery, swimming and fishing, along with many municipal recreational facilities. It has a wide range of housing including charming Cape Cods, stately historic homes, townhouse and condominium communities and multi-million dollar mansions. Mahwah has been able to keep its small town character, while attracting commercial enterprises. Many large corporations have chosen Mahwah as their corporate home. The bucolic campus of Ramapo College is also located in the Township.
Sources: NJMLS.com, mahwahtwp.org
Situated in the picturesque Pascack Valley in northeastern Bergen County, bordering on New York State, Montvale is a picturesque 4 square mile community that blends residential and corporate communities. Generous residential properties meld with rolling corporate campuses to give the town its unique character. There are many new developments being built in Montvale from townhouses, single-family homes to senior housing. All residents enjoy a high quality of life with outstanding schools and recreation programs, and easy access to area shopping and cultural activities. A new Municipal Complex houses a state of the art Library in addition, the community boasts a new downtown senior Center.
Sources: NJMLS.com, Montvale.org
A beautiful residential community with its own golf course, the rolling green of this town spills onto every picturesque street with a variety of beautiful single-family homes. Named from the Delaware Indian word “Tuphanne” some say the Old was added to distinguish it from Tappan, New York, of which it was formerly a part of. The community has three public schools, including a regional high school. With a host of recreational programs and sports it has something for every age group. Boasting “300 years of History and Heritage” as its town motto Old Tappan is a shining star in Bergen County.
Sources: NJMLS.com, oldtappan.net
A scenic town nestled in the Pascack Valley of Bergen County, Park Ridge is a small community with a mix of single-family homes and townhouses. Park Ridge operates its own electric utility. The community also has its own a K-12 school system and has two elementary schools (K-6) and a Junior/Senior High School (7-12) with 500 students. A frequent spot for those visiting the community for pleasure or corporate events is the long-established Park Ridge Marriott. With wonderful recreational and sports programs the community has something for every age group.
ources: NJMLS.com, parkridgeboro.com
Nestled in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains, this vibrant community blends pastoral serenity on picturesque residential streets with corporate neighbors, shopping centers and townhouse and condo communities. Boasting its own private Golf and Country Club with two lakes and a beautiful open to the public restaurant overlooking the golf course, the beauty of nature abounds in this community that truly has something for everyone. Splendid recreational facilities such as swimming, tennis, junior football, soccer, and baseball for both boys and girls form a cornerstone of this fine community along with a host of volunteer activities. Set on the NJ Transit Bergen County rail line, the town boasts two conveniently located commuter train stations for easy access to New York City. From the superior school system to the excellent senior center, Ramsey is an ideal community for all ages.
Sources: NJMLS.com, ramseynj.com
The Village of Ridgewood is one of Bergen County’s most vibrant communities blending historic charm with contemporary flair. Its thriving downtown business district is home to some of Bergen County’s finest shops and restaurants while the Valley Hospital is one of the state’s renowned healthcare facilities. Tree-lined streets capture the small town essence with beautiful historic homes and contemporary estates. Just 15 miles from New York City, the community is a hub for bus and train commuter transportation. The Village is also sprinkled with beautiful parks and streams, a magnificent sports complex with band shell and Graydon Park, a residential recreational swim club. The Ridgewood YMCA is known county wide for its facility and outstanding programs. The school system and high school have been nationally recognized for excellence.
Sources: NJMLS.com, ridgewoodnj.net
Always known as the “Garden Spot” of the Pascack Valley, this lovely community boasts tree-lined streets with classic and contemporary single-family homes along with beautiful townhomes. The picturesque setting is also home to three golf courses and has wonderful recreational facilities for its residents including an amphitheater. The busy downtown community offers shops, restaurants, services and medical facilities. Excellent schools add to the appeal of this wonderful community.
Sources: NJMLS.com, rivervalenj.com
A jewel among Bergen County towns Saddle River is known as one of the state’s wealthiest communities and is nationally recognized for its affluent residents ranging from entertainers to professional athletes and entrepreneurs. This picturesque community was named for the river that meanders through it. The town is graced with newer mansions and stately older homes on vast tracts of land, some with equestrian facilities. With a minimum lot size of two acres, this community, which once was home to bountiful strawberry farms, is truly unique. Its proximity to Manhattan and bucolic beauty make it a sought after location for the global community. The town itself has excellent public and private schools and a state of the art police facility. The borough is home to the historic Saddle River Inn, a Michelin rated restaurant set in a 210 year old barn nestled against the dramatic Saddle River. Part of the William Packard Estate now known as Barnstable Court, the restaurant was voted one of the best restaurants in the state by NJ.com. The borough is also home to the nationally acclaimed Waterford Gardens, one of the country’s premiere water lily farms specializing in all things aquatic. Residents can also take advantage of outstanding recreational and sports programs that help make this amazing community a destination for all ages.
Sources: NJMLS.com, saddleriver.org, saddleriverinn.com, waterfordgardens.com
Nestled near the Saddle River this quiet upscale residential community was once a farming community consisting of apple orchards, strawberry fields, and dairy farms. Today the beauty of those rolling fields and fruitful trees is captured in the 1 acre lot residential estates that make up this affluent community. Like its neighbor Saddle River, the borough is known for its high per capita income and affluent residents. With three elementary schools, and shared regional High School Northern Highlands in nearby Allendale, this town is sought after for its outstanding educational opportunities. Numerous recreation and sports programs make it a perfect community for all ages. Business and corporate neighbors are found along the Route 17 corridor of the town.
Sources: NJMLS.com, usrtoday.org
A bustling community in Northwest Bergen County, Waldwick is a versatile town with scenic tree-lined streets of single-family and townhomes. The community has its own high school along with two elementary schools. Large recreational parks, a pool and a pond are the backdrop to this picturesque little town. As a main stop on the Bergen County rail system it is an ideal community for New York City commuters. A busy downtown area boasts a variety of shops and restaurants and makes it a welcoming community for all ages.
Sources: NJMLS.com, waldwicknj.org
Scenic Wantage Township is 60 miles from New York City. Nestled in the hills of Sussex County, New Jersey’s northern most county the town is home to one of the state’s most beautiful parks. High Point State Park boasts the highest mountain in the state as well as over 40 miles of the acclaimed Appalachian Trail. Rural beauty meets suburban life in this community that blends the best of its historic heritage with contemporary residential living. The community is also home to the Sussex County airport, a small general aviation airport. The town boasts a wonderful winery, the Ventimigilia Vineyard, which hosts tours and tasting events for some of Wantage’s homegrown fruits. In addition the Van Bunschouten Museum offers glimpse of the town’s history. This Dutch Colonial house, built in 1787 was the home of the Reverend Elias Van Bunschooten. Operated as a museum by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), it occupies 6 1/2 acres of land in the township and offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy an impressive collection of period antiques and Revolutionary War items. The township has an excellent regional school system and is home to the High Point Regional High School. In addition residents can take advantage of the township’s own parks and active recreation and sports programs.
Sources: NJMLS.com, wantagetwp.com, state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests
As the “Hub of the Pascack Valley” Westwood is home to residential neighborhoods, a large downtown business district and a hospital, Hackensack UMC at Pascack Valley. This blend of residential and business make this a sought after community. With residential homes, townhouses, condos, rental properties there is a place for all. Outstanding recreational facilities and programs for children and seniors centers add the appeal for all ages. The downtown area offers the flavor of an All American community with shops, restaurants, an art gallery and a movie theater. The Gazebo in the center of town is a popular spot just adjacent to the busy train station that takes commuters to nearby New York City.
Sources: NJMLS.com, westwoodnj.gov
A scenic community in the heart of Northwest Bergen County’s Pascack Valley, Woodcliff Lake is an affluent residential community with upscale single family homes set around a large reservoir. The community is also noted for corporate residents. In addition there are two large recreational areas in the borough. Wood Dale Park (a County park) occupies 55 acres in the eastern portion of the borough and has a large pond, walking paths, children’s playground and tennis courts. The Old Mill Complex is the other site and is located on the east side of town. It contains a large swimming area, tennis courts and full size athletic fields for a variety of sports. Throughout the year, community celebrations are held in both these areas in a festive atmosphere. The town has a diverse program of recreational sports for both youth and adults.
Sources: NJMLS.com, wclnj.com
A beautiful residential town of upscale homes, this community is rich in natural beauty and history. The town boasts a blend of classical and contemporary homes and tree-lined streets. The jewel in the town is The James A. McFaul Environmental Center, an 81 acre site that offers winding wooded paths, woodland gardens, animal exhibits, a waterfowl pond along with auditorium, library and nature exhibits. Wyckoff is also home of the historic Zabrinski House, a NJ Landmark dating back to the 1700s. Noted for its top notch schools, there are five schools in the borough along with Ramapo Regional high school that is shared with Oakland and Franklin Lakes. The town has an extensive recreation and sports programs for residents, as does The Wyckoff Family YMCA. This facility draws residents and members from neighboring towns for a variety of sports and community programs as well. A bustling downtown area has specialty shops, restaurants and shopping centers.