Ridgewood is often called a "bedroom community" of New York City due to its proximity to the heart of Manhattan. But the phrase all too often calls to mind unsavory ideas of "commuter towns": residents who are always flustered and on-the-go, living situations that were settled on as a result of being unable to afford enough space in the city. Frankly, commuter towns sound boring. And "bedroom community" sounds as though the only time spent there is spent sleeping. None of the above apply to Ridgewood. That's why we want to highlight 3 reasons you should choose Ridgewood, whether or not you have the option to live in the city.
It's Perfect For Families
If you have a large family or are considering having children, there's nowhere better than Ridgewood. Not only is it home to some of the best schools in the state, the village has a thriving Department of Parks and Recreation that hosts a wealth of exciting programming for kids. On top of that, there's plenty of green space to roam through, a family-oriented sense of community, and some impressively low crime rates, all of which contribute to the safety and comfort of Ridgewood. Ridgewood is a place rich with trust and communal familiarity, a haven for residents of all ages. While many Ridgewood residents are commuters, the village is no mere convenient lodging site, nor is it simply a place to get some shut-eye before the voyage back to the office. It's home, a highly communal and social place.
You'll Want To Retire There
Your typical commuter living in a typical commuter town is waiting on retirement so that they can move to their ideal location — perhaps somewhere in the countryside, a coastal town, or a beachy locale in the Sun Belt. But we're certain that if you choose to live in Ridgewood now, you'll want to stay. Unlike almost any other "bedroom community", Ridgewood is not a temporary situation for most people. Not only will the connections you'll develop here run deep, Ridgewood is perfect for retirees. Firstly, you'll likely have your family closer by than if you jetted off to a vacation town. Secondly, the little luxuries offered by the village are unparalleled. From free events to amazing dining, and endless opportunities to get and stay involved, leaving Ridgewood just doesn't seem like a possibility for many. A family-oriented community, Ridgewood is home to residents who often have many generations of family members just steps away. As for health care? The Valley Hospital is a world-class institution known for its excellent staff and state-of-the-art facilities.
The Real Estate Is Incredible & Offers Exceptional Value
Homes in Ridgewood may be known for their elegance and stateliness; when one thinks of Ridgewood real estate, the first thing that comes to mind is often the gorgeous stately Dutch Colonials, Tudor estates, and other architectural masterpieces that govern the market. And the fact is that these homes have increased in price over the past few decades.
However, Ridgewood real estate still offers better price-per-square footage than city living. Here you can find some of the most beautiful and spacious manors in the region with plenty of lush landscaping — and privacy to boot. And though they may seem expensive especially if you've lived in Ridgewood for a long time, they still offer incredible value and are exceptionally priced for what they include. In addition, Ridgewood offers many gorgeous mid-market and simple homes. Plus, there's a good chance your home will continue to appreciate. While there are no guarantees, continuing to rent is almost definitely a less financially beneficial route. Not convinced? See the market for yourself. If you have any questions about the properties you come across, simply contact Tarvin Realtors today.