Ridgewood, NJ is a pleasant little village in Bergen County in northeastern New Jersey. Ranked #26 on Money magazine's list of 100 "Best Places to Live in America" within the last 5 years, Ridgewood is primarily a residential community of professionals and their families. The village was also named the 12th highest-earning town in America, with a median family income of $198,122 back in 2013. The safe and friendly small-town environment and sense of community Ridgewood maintains are some of the primary reasons why its 25,000 residents are proud to call Ridgewood their home.
Around The Ridgewood, NJ Community
Many young out-of-towners from surrounding communities come to Ridgewood, NJ to go dining or shopping, or to just hang out. Most businesses are concentrated along E Ridgewood Ave, blending almost seamlessly into the residential areas surrounding it. A stroll through these streets evokes a sense of charm typical of an old town. Here the old brick buildings lining the streets house independent boutiques, familiar retailers, trendy dining establishments, and small mom-and-pop businesses that help give Ridgewood its unique character. The village itself is made up of pedestrian-friendly streets while things are within close proximity to each other, so it isn't uncommon for people to simply walk out of their doors and make their way to the commercial district. Most residents will find that just around the corner is a park, like Graydon, Saddle River, Grove, Kings Pond and Gypsy Pond Parks.
Ridgewood, Real Estate History
Ridgewood real estate's affluent beginnings can be traced back to the turn of the 20th century. Successful financiers and investors from New York constructed large summer homes–complete with wraparound porches–and eventually moved to Ridgewood as train and bus systems into New York City were established. Today's homes are just as highly sought after real estate properties. There are a good number of places throughout Ridgewood of worthy cultural and historical value, having no less than a dozen sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places (some even going back to the town's founding in 1894). A walk around the downtown area will reveal well-preserved architecture from the late 1800s and early 1900s, such as the historical Art Deco-styled Warner Theater.
Outside of Ridgewood
Ridgewood borders other communities in Bergen County, namely Wyckoff, Midland Park, Waldwick, Ho-Ho-Kus, Washington Township, Paramus and Glen Rock. You can get to any of them within a five to ten-minute drive, or if you're feeling adventurous, a 20 to 50-minute scenic walk on foot through tree-lined streets. A 35-minute drive south will take you to Newark and a little more will take you to the airport, and the rest of the world. Further out in the same direction is New York City, with about 40 minutes worth of driving to Manhattan (not accounting for those world-renowned NYC traffic jams, of course). Many people who live in Ridgewood in fact work in or around New York or another nearby urban center, on average spending 33.3 minutes each day commuting to work.