7 Top Suburban Destinations in Bergen County for the NYC Relocator


Planning to relocate from New York City to one of the city's many outer suburbs? It might be time to consider Bergen County, New Jersey.

Vibrant and dynamic, there's no dispute how spectacular living in New York City can be. However, if you want a change of pace or scenery while remaining close to the city, there are alternatives — urban, suburban, and rural.
One area worth considering is Bergen County, New Jersey, located northwest of New York, immediately across the Hudson. Let's explore seven of the top suburban destinations in Bergen County, NJ, for the NYC relocator.

Fort Lee

Fort Lee connects directly to Washington Heights and Upper Manhattan via the George Washington Bridge. At nearly 40,000 residents, it offers the perfect urban-suburban setting for those who value near-direct access to Upper Manhattan. The 33-acre cliffside Fort Lee Historic Park is an outdoor highlight. Fun fact: Fort Lee is the Birthplace of American Cinema. It was the original Hollywood before the industry packed up and moved to Hollywood. Median home list price is $400,000.


Along with neighboring Fort Lee, Englewood features an urban-suburban lifestyle perfect for those who want to step out of the city without fully stepping away from it. Nearly 30,000 people live here and help make the area a vibrant spot for shopping and dining. Englewood also plays host to the 150-acre Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in the town's southeastern corner. Median home list price is $489,000.


One of the best communities in Bergen County is Tenafly, a perfect example of upscale, suburban bliss. Great schools, a diverse housing inventory, and plenty of outdoor space make it one of the more sought-after places for families to relocate in New Jersey. Upper Manhattan is only 15 minutes away. The borough also features the 165-acre Greenbrook Nature Sanctuary along the Hudson River. Median home list price is $1 million.


The New Jersey township of Teaneck, population 40,000, offers a decidedly suburban vibe and is one of Bergen County's more culturally vibrant areas. It's home to many art and cultural organizations. Teaneck also features 25 parks totaling more than 250 acres and borders the Hackensack River to the west. Median home list price is $475,000.


Consistently rated as one of the top spots to live in New Jersey, bucolic tree-lined streets and a relaxed, community-driven atmosphere are hallmarks of this suburb of approximately 25,000 residents. Featuring many historical sites, Ridgewood also claims a charming, walkable downtown with plenty of shops and restaurants. Median home list price is $764,000.

River Edge

The definition of a small, sleepy little burg, River Edge is a town of roughly 11,500 residents. There's no urbanization and no major restaurants or shops, although Kinderkamack Road offers several excellent local eateries. River Edge earns bonus points for its proximity to Upper Manhattan (20 minutes) and its sharing of 146-acre Van Saun County Park with neighboring Paramus. Median home list price is $570,000.


Alpine is an upscale retreat for the well-to-do. High-end suburban with plenty of rural elements, the area is known as one of the nation's most expensive ZIP codes. Many celebrities call the area home. With just 2,000 residents, Alpine stands as one of the most idyllic commuter towns along the Jersey side of the Hudson River. Indeed, aside from big homes on even bigger homesites, more than half of the township is made up of the Palisades Interstate Park. Median home list price is $3.2 million.
Are you interested in buying or selling a home in Bergen County? Or are you seeking more information on investment opportunities in the neighboring Manhattan or Harlem real estate markets? Contact Levy Tewel of Compass today. It would be my pleasure to help you navigate the process.

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