My Hudson River will once again run clear /It starts high in the mountains of the north /Crystal clear and icy trickles forth -- (Pete Seeger, "My Dirty Stream - The Hudson River Song)"
A few short miles from the famous Hudson River is Bergenfield, a borough located in Bergen County, New Jersey. Or Joisey, as the locals call it. The Catskills do sit a bit north of this quaint New Jersey town. Its long been considered an excellent suburban location.
Moving to Bergenfield
Bergenfield itself was made up when portions of two nearby townships--Englewood Township and Palisades Township--broke off and joined together to make a new borough. Townships can be crazy like that. Today, the area is comprised mostly of single-family houses and townhomes, but there are some rentals in the area if you are looking to move here and rent a house or apartment. Youll have to work to find a place, though. The vacancy rate of rentals is lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut--usually under 2%. The residential turnover rate is around 14%, so if you happen to be looking at the right time, there is a good chance that a place that fits your budget and size needs will open up sometime during the year.
If you think that Bergenfield might be just the right place for you to live, check out more about its neighborhoods below.
New Bridge Rd: A very nice neighborhood.
W. Main St: Its one of the only places in the area where you dont have to have a car. Its mostly single-family homes.
E. Main St: It is a center of businesses, restaurants, and culture in the area. There are apartment buildings here, so if you want to rent or live somewhere small, you can probably find somewhere to live.
S. Prospect Ave:To buy a house in the Prospect Ave is a lot, but renting a place is a lot more budget-friendly.
Pleasant Ave:The name is appropriate for the area, since people say its extremely pleasant just like you would imagine a nice suburban neighborhood to be like. Youll find the majority of Bergenfields apartments in this neighborhood.
Borough Center:Borough Center is a commercial area in Bergenfield, and it also has lots of apartment complexes and high-rise buildings. Rent varies depending on size of the apartment. Live here and you can walk to whatever you need. Unless you commute into New York City. Then youre going to want to take public transportation--you're legs will be tired since NYC is 18 miles away.
Living the Life
A lot of people think of Bergenfield as suburban paradise. New York is close by, but it feels so far away you wouldnt know that you werent somewhere in the county. To get into the city, some people drive but traffic and tolls can be a nightmare. There are lots of other transportation options, though, like New Jersey Transit buses. You can get to mostly anything you need in Bergenfield because the area is small.
Even though Bergenfield is a suburb, it doesnt mean its boring or sleepy. Forget about it! Bergenfield is known for its Memorial Day parade, and people come from all over the area to watch it. Nearby rural New Jersey is beautiful, too; people only have to drive a few miles to pick berries, fish in beautiful lakes, or relax in meadows. Its as easy to forget that New York City even exists as it is to pop in for a Broadway matinee.