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The Revolutionary War era 1740 Bogert house still stands today and has quite a history.

Demarest NJ was a beautiful area of farms and mills in the 1700’s.  It was also the setting for one of the American Revolution’s major campaigns:  Washington’s Retreat from New York.  Washington’s army crossed the Hudson going through Bergen County where they camped in Fort Lee.  They eventually ended up in his famous Delaware Crossing into Pennsylvania.

Mattias Bogert was one of those farmers.  He built a house alongside what is today called Old County Road.  Mattias worked very hard.  As a result, he had a prosperous business.  Just to his north was the Demarest family.  They had a farm and grist mill.  Six or seven farmers settled here by the late 1700’s.  Most were patriots.  As a result they helped supply the Continental Army in Fort Lee with flour, produce etc.  The story is that one of their sons took off on horseback to warn General Washington 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 because they knew they were patriots.  The British burned their homes, destroyed their crops, killed people and took 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.  Everyone returned after the war to rebuild their homes and farms.

The Bogert House is a registered National Landmark and preserved forever with a conservation easement.   Magnificently kept, 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.  The 2 car garage was once a full sized barn with stables.  One stable still exists inside.  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.  This wonderful 1740 Bogert House is part of that heritage for all of us.

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Here are some quick Bergen County facts to introduce you to us:

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

A picture begins to emerge of what Bergen County is like when you look at all of these facts, :

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 we value education.  As a result, we appreciate our local schools and parent involvement is high.  Because of this Bergen County is renown for its high scoring public school districts.   We have an outstanding  county run school system with its varied disciplined Academy System.  The County Academies include a wide spectrum from trade oriented schools through the most demanding academically.

Our location is unique because we are on top of Manhattan and yet we have preserved our suburban ambiance and lifestyle.  Bergen County is only 1 mile from Manhattan on the other side of the Hudson River.

When you put all of this together it’s more than impressive.  As a result it is no wonder that Bergen County is an extremely popular destination.  In fact we are one of the most sought after locations in the New York metropolitan area.  Because of all these positives Bergen County real estate has always done better in holding it’s value.

I will update these quick Bergen County facts from time to time.  If you need more information just get in touch with me.

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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.  Our 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 5 cities here although they very often resemble big small towns – Englewood, Fort Lee, Garfield, Hackensack and Teaneck.

Diversity extends through racial ethnicities and religions.  We are indeed a melting pot of wide ranges.  This is one of our strengths and advantages.  No matter who your or where you come from, everyone is welcome.  Our diversity brings a dynamic element to life here and you will love all the varied cuisines our restaurants offer.

Not only are we the most populous county in New Jersey, we’re also one of the most affluent.  We have 925,000+ people here living in 246.671 square miles. There are 3 major highway systems and several more local highways.  Known as the shopping capitol of NJ with more malls than anywhere else, there is nothing you can’t find.

Introducing people to Bergen County is always fun – hopefully this blog will help you appreciate all we have to offer.