The beautiful Borough of Saddle River is one of the best kept secrets in the New York City Metropolitan area with one of the lowest property tax rates in Bergen County.
With the two acre minimum zoning requirement, Saddle River has become a choice location for residents who are looking for larger properties, so it’s no surprise that many celebrities, industry leaders and notable people have had homes in Saddle River where they can enjoy extra space and lots of privacy. Also, Saddle River is only about 22 miles from New York City making it a very convenient location for commuters.
The idyllic setting of Saddle River is home to just over 3,000 residents in about 1,200 households. There’s a tremendous amount of history in Saddle River, so you’ll find many historic homes along with newer homes and estates on large parcels of land.
In the first quarter of 2020, the median sold home price in Saddle River was $1,700,000 and the average sold price was calculated at $2,529,227 (according to the NJMLS).
Saddle River School Information
In the center of the idyllic town of Saddle River, you’ll find the very charming and renowned Wandell School offering public education to Saddle River students from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. The Wandell School has a low student teacher ratio of 8.9:1 due to it’s enrollment of only 165 students making it a very close-knit community.
For middle school, the Saddle River students attend Eric Smith Middle School in Ramsey, the neighboring town. Eric Smith Middle School is a great school with a very low student teacher ratio offering very high quality public education for all the students.
For high school, the Saddle River students have the choice of attending either the Ramsey High School or Northern Highlands Regional High School, both highly rated public schools in the state. Northern Highlands Regional High School is located in nearby Allendale and educates students Allendale, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River and has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education. Northern Highlands and Ramsey both have top-ranked athletic programs.
Also, students from Saddle River (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 Academies is one of the highest performing high schools in the US 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.
Also, the Saddle River Day School, founded in 1957, is a great private school option in town offering education to students from kindergarten to 12th grade.
Commuting from Saddle River to NYC
There are many options for commuting from Saddle River into New York City. The Public transportation options include public NJ Transit trains and buses from neighboring towns. (Saddle River does not have a train station). Also, the private Short Line bus service offers many commuters a very convenient and direct way to get into New York City. Taking advantage of the bus and train from neighboring towns (such as Ho-Ho-Kus, Waldwick or Allendale) are good options, but many prefer to drive into New York City. The drives to and from New York City over the George Washington Bridge are truly scenic. When there is little traffic (in the morning on weekends especially), you may be able to get to New York City in as little as 35 minutes!
Commuting from Saddle RIver to NYC by train from neighboring Ho-Ho-Kus, Waldwick or Allendale are all good options. Both the NJ Transit Main Line and the Bergen County Line stop at the conveniently located train station in downtown Ho-Ho-Kus. 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.
Another favorite way to commute from Saddle River to NYC is the Short Line private bus service which offers convenient parking at the Route 17 Park & Ride near Ho-Ho-Kus. 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.