Alpine, New Jersey Real Estate and Community Information

Alpine, New Jersey Real Estate and Community Information

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Located in Bergen County, Alpine is a lovely hamlet just 10 minutes from the George Washington Bridge and 20 minutes to Midtown Manhattan. Alpine’s beauty, great location, and amenities are a few of the reasons why it is a very desirable place to live. New Jersey Monthly has ranked it as one of the “Best Places to Live” in the state, and according to Forbes, Alpine, NJ real estate is included in “America’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes.” Alpine has a population of approximately 2,500 people.


Alpine was formed in 1903 by an act of the New Jersey Legislature, and gained a portion of Cresskill in 1904. It is home to a famed tower and laboratory built by Edwin Howard Armstrong. Armstrong broadcast an experimental FM radio station. The tower served as the primary tower for stations after 9/11, and the original lab displays historic communications equipment and offices. Another famous tower, Devil’s Tower, is a stone clock tower built by a sugar baron, Manuel Rionda, for his wife to see New York. The local legend claims that his wife committed suicide after seeing Rionda with another woman by jumping off the tower, and now haunts the tower.

Shopping and Dining

In addition to its proximity to NYC, Alpine is 10 minutes from Closter, 15 minutes from Englewood, 20 minutes to Palisades Center, and 20 minutes to the Shops at Riverside. Its picturesque and private setting is what locals value most about Alpine, and they are happy to commute to nearby hubs. Englewood’s downtown is a thriving shopping and dining district. It is home to Classy Kids, Denny’s Childrenswear, Gymboree, Marcia’s Attic Kids, Pumpkin & Bean, The Children’s Place, The Paint Tube, Anik Boutique, Chico’s, Christina Collection, Closet 07631 for Her, Complements, DLUX, Eagle Shop, Erez, French Corner, Giovanna, Gito, Goldstein Jewelry & Coutour, Jaehee Bridal Atelier, La Puerta Del Sol East, Love Forty, Marcia’s Attic, New York and Company, Oasis, and Purse Strings. Englewood shopping also offers Reve New York, Tapestrie, That Look, Unbuttoned Boutique, Vogue’M Boutique, Bendini, Jos A Bank, Vero Uomo, Ayesha Studio & Gallery, B & M Jewelers, Englewood Jewelers, La Cristal, Palisade Jewelers, Portage & The Jewelry Box, Arielle's Gallery, Borghi Fine Art, Windsor Galleries, and more.

Local popular restaurants include Kiku Japanese, Andiamo, Umeya Resturant, Cornerstone Restaurant, Locale Café and Bar, and Griffin’s. Englewood’s dining options include Cupcakes by Carousel, Matisee Chocolatier, Menagerie, New Englewood Fish Market, 4 West Diner, Akai Lounge, Ariel’s Restaurant, Baumgart’s Café, Blue Moon Mexican Café, Cassie’s, Daruma Japanese, and many more. The Shops at Riverside, Palisades Center, and Outlets at Bergen Town Center offer brand-name shopping and dining.

Parks and Recreation

The aforementioned Armstrong and Alpine Towers are a vital part of Alpine’s landscape. Other Alpine destinations are the Alpine Fire House, Alpine Gas Station, Alpine Scout Camp, The Blackledge-Kearney House (known as Cornwallis’ Headquarters), Millionaires’ Row, and Penlyn Estate. Skunk Hollow, or “the Mountain,” was a free black community from 1806-1905. The marker is on Route 9W in Palisades. Palisades Interstate Park includes 24 parks and 8 historical sites over 100,000 acres, including Greenbrook Sanctuary. Tenafly Nature Center has 52 acres adjoining the 330-acre Lost Brook Preserve. The nature center is home to 50 species of nesting birds, 23 mammals, and 24 animal displays. The John A. Redfield Building has natural history exhibits and live animal displays. Lost Brook Preserve has wooded nature trails. Demarest Nature Center offers a variety of programs, including bird feeding exhibits, nature walks, Easter Egg hunts, Oktoberfest celebrations, and more. Alpine Boat Basin has a marina, riverfront picnic area and stone pavilion, with canoe and kayak launches, fishing, and hiking trails.


The median home cost for Alpine, NJ real estate is around $1,500,000. The unemployment rate is 7.9%, below the national average of 9%. Alpine has a relatively low tax rate, in part because it does not have mail delivery or a high school. The historic Frick Estate was listed at $53 million. The Rio Vista neighborhood is one of the most desirable in the state. Multi-million dollar French Chateaux and Colonials on several acres, with great views of the river and NYC, make up a majority of Alpine, NJ real estate, though homes from the $700,000s do come on the market.

Schools, Health, Transportation

The Alpine Public School District spends $15,000 per student and there are an average of 8.5 students per teacher. The district has a total of 140 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Students attend Tenafly High School for grades 9-12. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center supports the area. The major arterials are Palisades Interstate Parkway and Route 502. Teterboro airport is 13 miles away and is used by private and corporate planes; LaGuardia (20 miles) and Newark International (27 miles) and JFK (30 miles) are the nearest commercial airports.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (201) 227-2045 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.


Contact Information

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Tami Rapaport
Tami Rapaport
130 Dean Drive
Tenafly NJ 07670