The village of Ridgewood, a suburb of New York City, is only 20 miles from Manhattan and is ranked one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Ridgewood is known for its beautiful tree lined streets and for its thriving downtown with many iconic buildings, upscale shopping and a wide variety of eateries, coffee shops and world class restaurants which attract people from all over the area.
Ridgewood was designed and developed to encourage neighborly connections and a true sense of community for the residents and visitors alike. The original village plan included most streets with sidewalks to provide easy access to the neighborhood schools, the many parks and outdoor recreation spaces, the iconic train station and downtown areas. The neighborhood pride and feeling of community in Ridgewood is truly contagious – in a very good way!
In the first quarter of 2020, the median sold home price in Ridgewood was $805,000, and the average sold home price was calculated at $853,777 (according to the NJMLS).
Commuting from Ridgewood to New York City
There are many options for commuting from Ridgewood into New York City. The public transportation options include two NJ Transit train lines, and three NJ Transit bus lines. There is also a private bus service which many commuters find a very convenient and direct way to get into New York City. Taking advantage of the bus and train are definitely the way to go, but, I must admit, the drive from Ridgewood to New York City over the George Washington Bridge is truly scenic. With light traffic (early in the morning and on weekends especially), the drive from Ridgewood to New York City can be as little as only 35 minutes!
Commuting from Ridgewood to New York City by train is an easy option for all. Both the NJ Transit Main Line and the Bergen County Line stop at the conveniently located train station in the center of downtown Ridgewood. Both the Main Line and Bergen Line go to Hoboken, NJ, and they also stop at Secaucus Junction. New York City Commuters can transfer at Secaucus and hop on frequent trains heading to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. There is some parking at the Ridgewood train station. Since the train station is conveniently located in the center of Ridgewood, many residents are seen walking, biking, scootering or even skateboarding to the train station.
Commuting from Ridgewood to New York City using the public bus service is also a convenient option. The NJ Transit buses in Ridgewood include the 148, 163 and 164 which all go to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. There are many convenient bus stops throughout the village of Ridgewood, and commuters and students take advantage of the extensive bus service throughout the town.
Another favorite way to commute from Ridgewood to NYC is the Short Line private bus service which offers convenient parking at the Route 17 Park & Ride. This private bus service offers frequent direct bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC (in Midtown West) as well as service to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and then down the East Side of Manhattan to 23rd Street.
When I commuted from Ridgewood into Manhattan every weekday, the Short Line private bus service was my favorite. I would catch the 5:30am bus at the Route 17 Park & Ride in Ridgewood and arrive at Port Authority in 30 minutes. Then I’d work out at the Equinox at 50th and Broadway and be at my desk by 8:30am. It was a great way to start the day!
Schools for Ridgewood
Ridgewood High School, one of the best public high schools in Bergen County, offers ninth through twelfth grades for approximately 1,800 students. Ridgewood High School has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education. RHS has a top-ranked athletic program offering 14 sports for boys and 15 sports for girls. Ridgewood High School is conveniently located near the downtown area, and beauty of the campus and the iconic, historic building add to the flavor of the town.
Also, students from Ridgewood (and all of Bergen County) have the opportunity to attend the Bergen County Academies, a tuition-free public magnet high school located in Hackensack. Bergen County Academies is one of the highest performing high schools in the US and has also been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School. Admission to the Bergen Academies is based on a competitive application process and is extremely selective.
Two middle schools feed into Ridgewood High School. George Washington Middle School on the west side of Ridgewood and Benjamin Franklin Middle School on the east side of town both offer students instruction for sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
Six neighborhood elementary schools are conveniently located throughout the village of Ridgewood and offer Kindergarten through 5th grade instruction for students. On the east side of town, Hawes, Somerville and Travell all feed into Benjamin Franklin Middle School. Located on the west side of town are Orchard, Ridge and Willard which all feed into George Washington Middle School. You can find out more about all the public schools on the Ridgewood Public School District website.
Many home buyers ask which neighborhood elementary school is the best one. There’s no consensus on which is the best one because they’re all great schools with amazing teachers and administrators, excellent facilities and wonderful spirit. If you ask local residents, they usually say the same thing, “All the Ridgewood elementary schools are great, but OUR school is the best!”
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