Bergen County is next to New York City in the northeast corner of New Jersey. I can give you an idea of how close we are to New York City by showing you these pictures:
George Washington Bridge NJ side
This picture to the right shows you the NJ side and the picture to the left shows you what you see looking at Manhattan from New Jersey.
George Washington Bridge View from NJ
No matter which side of the Hudson River you’re viewing, the distance across the George Washington Bridge between Bergen County and NYC is just under one mile at 4,760 feet (one mile equals 5,280 feet).
Mahwah is located at the northwest corner of Bergen County on the New York State border. Even here Manhattan isn’t far/ It’s only 21 miles and a 30 minute drive away.
Such close proximity to Manhattan makes us an excellent commute to NYC and the Big Apple a major presence in our lives.
A large number of Bergen County residents work there. Many of us go there on weekends to take advantage of it’s museums and other cultural activities such as Broadway plays, Lincoln Center concerts and art fairs. This is a primary reason why Bergen County homes are so valuable to buyers. Where else can you get the best of suburban living 15 minutes from one of the world’s major cities that is both an international cultural and financial center?
As a result Bergen County homes are highly sought after. Being a river away from a major world capitol is a uniquely positive aspect of living here. In fact, many people visiting Manhattan stay in less expensive Bergen County hotels taking public transportation back and forth to the City.
Bergen County has the best of suburban living and easy access to all that New York City has to offer. Next to New York City is where we’re at and that is a very good thing indeed.
Last summer I did something I thought I’d never ever do – I went to my high school reunion. It’s the oddest thing but during the past few years, we’ve all been finding each other again. This is most definitely a very weird reaction to reaching the latter part of your middle age of life but that’s what’s been happening. Not that all of us have separated from each other. Among the advantages of living in Bergen County is that we’re next door to one of the greatest cities in the world – New York City. When you have Manhattan in your back yard, there’s a lot here to make you stay. But the world is also a big place with plenty of opportunities and places to see. So I have kept in touch with some of my closets friends and have recently reconnected with my others. Its been great but it’s also got me thinking about what it was like to grow up in Bergen County and what’s changed and remained the same since then.
Life in Bergen County is a combination of many things. There’s the commuting morning, relaxed day and busier late afternoons and early evenings. Saturdays are bustling and because we have “blue laws” from many years ago that do not allow most shopping on Sundays, Sundays are quiet. That part of Bergen County is the same as when I was growing up.
What’s changed here is the number of homes and families we have – the increase in both has been tremendous. Real estate has been a big growth industry here with almost all available land that could be developed gobbled up by builders. In fact, today it’s common to see an older home knocked down so a new one can be built because there are no large tracts of undeveloped land left. Along with this development came a lot of diversity. There are so many different cultures here that are well represented. When I was growing up this was not so much the case. However, this greater diversity has maintained the vitality and economic health of our area.
What remains the same is our small town suburban lifestyle. People still come here to buy a home and raise their family. There are just more of us with a greater variety of backgrounds. I can still go to my local downtown shopping district and bump into people I know. There are still stores here that we call “institutions” because they’ve been here for generations. We still have Saturday football games, baseball in the spring but now we also have added soccer in the fall.
So when I met my classmates last summer at my high school reunion, we shard a lot of memories, opened up that high school yearbook and laughed at those young people inside those pages but were amazed to find that although much had changed, much still remained the same. For over the years people have come and always will come to live in Bergen County for the lifestyle and American values that it represents and maintains.
In the 1700’s, Demarest, NJ, was a beautiful area of farmers and and it was also the setting for one of the American Revolution’s major campaigns – Washington’s Retreat from New York, across the Hudson and later ending in his famous Delware Crossing into Pennsylvania. One of those farmers, Mattias Bogert, built a house alongside what is today known as Old County Road and conducted a prosperous business. Just to his north was the Demarest family with their farm and grist mill. By the late 1700’s there were 6 or 7 7 farmers here most of whom were patriots and they helped to supply the Continental Army. The story is that it was one of their sons who took off on horseback to warn General Washington who was camped at Fort Lee that the Tory’s were coming down Closter Dock in pursuit of him.
This was the time of Washington’s famous retreat having been badly beaten by the British in New York. On May 9, 1779 the Tory’s unleashed a brutal attack on these farmers burning their homes, killing some and taking many prisoners. Matthias Bogert, his family, his home and his farm were not spared. They suffered along with all the other patriots in the area. After the war, everyone returned to reclaim and rebuild their homes and farms.
Today the Bogert House is a registered National Landmark which the current owner has preserved forever with a conservation easement. Currrently on the market for sale at $2,300,000 this Bergen County home is a part of our national history and an architectural jewel. Magnificently preserved, the main part of the house is wonderfully elegant. This beautiful Dutch Colonial estate home is constructed with the material of the day that all better properties shared – sandstone and wood. The large front porch is an absolute delight and looks out upon most of the nearly 3 acres of property. What was a full sized barn with stable is today a 2 car garage (the one horse stable remains) but none of it’s original charm and appointments is missing. Bergen County was a large part of the American Revolutionary War as one of the 13 Original States and from time to time you will find one of these rare treasures among the Bergen County homes listed for sale although such listings are always exceedingly rare indeed.
Offered for the very first time by the current owner who purchased it from Matthias Bogert’s descendants, this magnificent historical treasure is only shown by private appointment. We are hoping for a family who will maintain it as lovingly as it’s present owner. Please call either the the Friedberg Properties Cresskill Office at 201-871-0800 or myself at 201-741-8490 for your private appointment to view this wonderful home and enjoy the pictures we have here for you:
Ok – here are some quick facts about Bergen County:
902,561 people – 234 Square Miles – Avg Family w/Children Income is $113,680 – 3,854 People Per Sq Mile
58.7% of us are married & 32.6% of us have children (no wonder we have so many parks & playgrounds)
90.1% of us have high school degrees and 42.9% of us have college degrees
Jobs – 24.1 % Professional, 20% Service, 19% Management, 16.6% Administrative Support & 6.6% & Laborer
Parks – 15 County Parks totalling 7,968 Acres, 3 State Parks, Hundreds of Municipal Parks, 5 County Golf Courses, 5 Dog Runs, 3 Camp Sites, 1 Downhill Skiing, 1 Swimming Lake, 2 Horseback Riding Facilities
When you look at all of these facts, a picture begins to emerge of what Bergen County is like. This is one of the most affluent areas in the US (ranked the 18th most affluent US county) and also one of the most densely populated with nearly 1 million people. We are highly educated and have a diverse and balanced employment profile. Despite the large numbers of people living here, open space is important and there is a thriving parks system. Because we are highly educated schools, we appreciate our local schools and parent involvement is high. As a result, Bergen County is renown for its high scoring school districts and our county run school system is outstanding with its varied disciplined Academy System. When you put all of this together with a location that is on top of Manhattan (we’re on the other side of the Hudson River from NYC), it is no wonder that Bergen County is one of the most sought after locations in the New York metropolitan area and that Bergen County real estate has always done better in holding it’s value.
Greetings All and welcome to one of the most interesting and fun places to live in the New York City metropolitan area. Bergen County NJ is at the north east corner of NJ next to the George Washington Bridge which means we’re on top of Manhattan. Bergen County homes are prized for our proximity to NYC our very strong school districts and our suburban lifestyle. Even though Bergen County is one of the most desnsely populated areas in the US, we’re still filled with parks, nature preserves and all sorts of wooded spaces. In fact, most of Bergen County is quite residential.
Bergen County is also very diverse – we have 70 different locations here and each has it’s own unique personality. We go from small hamlets to a typical suburban town to a small city. In fact, we have 3 cities here in Bergen County – Englewood, Hackensack and Teaneck.
Introducing people to Bergen County is always fun – hopefully this blog will help you appreciate all we have to offer.