Closter, New Jersey Real Estate and Community Information

Closter, New Jersey Real Estate and Community Information

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The borough of Closter (rhymes with ‘poster’) is located in Bergen County, 20 minutes north of the George Washington Bridge, and it’s only a half hour to Midtown Manhattan. It is known as the “Hub of the Northern Valley” for its great location and amenities. It has a population of approximately 8,500. Closter, NJ real estate comprises historic and contemporary homes, frequently found in the Colonial style, on tree-lined streets in quiet neighborhoods close to amenities.


Like most of the area, Closter’s Dutch and French roots date back to the 1700s. During the Revolutionary War, British and Continental foraging raids were common. Closter is named after Frederick Closter, who received a grant as a military reward. The arrival of the Northern Railroad increased commerce for blacksmith shops, grist mills, general stores, and hotels. Closter later emerged as an affluent commuter town. Closter has a rich cultural and ethnic heritage and a strong sense of community pride and civic duty. It also has an active Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Corps.

Shopping and Dining

Closter’s shops include Callahan Jewelers, Annie Sez Clothing, Bobbi’s Golden Hanger, Whole Foods, and Closter Meat Market. Closter Plaza is home to Closter Art and Frame, Closter Clearview Cinemas, Harmon Stores, Inc., and Rudy’s Spaghetti House & Pizza. Local favorite restaurants are Harvest Bistro and Bar, Buon Gusto Restaurant, Paulie’s Restaurant, Mount Kisco Japanese, Homung Nangmyom, and Locale Café and Bar, Some popular nearby spots include Samdan Middle Eastern, Spasso Italian, Umeya Sushi, Hanami, and Griffin’s. The Shops at Riverside is minutes away, and is anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barnes & Noble, and Pottery Barn. Other upscale retailers include Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Williams Sonoma, Salvatore Ferragamo, Barney’s New York Co-op, L.K. Bennett, and Godiva Chocolatier. The Shops at Riverside’s restaurants are Morton’s Steakhouse, Houston’s, McCormick & Schmick’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s Little Italy, P.F. Chang’s, Roxa Mexicano, and Smashburger. Outlets at Bergen Town Center has J. Crew, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Nordstrom Rack, Bloomingdale’s, Century Twenty-One, Gap, Marshalls, and Target. Garden State Plaza is home to JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Macy’s.

Parks and Recreation

Closter, NJ real estate offers neighborhood parks and recreational opportunities. There are several local and area parks with ball fields, playgrounds, and other amenities. The area parks and greenspaces include Schuable Park, Wakelee Field, Harrington Park, George Street Park, Highland Field, Ruckman and Park Renaissance. Emerson Woods is a 19-acre forest adjacent to hundreds of acres, and provides access to Oradell Reservoir. There are several golf courses in the county, including Emerson Golf Club, Haworth Country Club, White Beeches Golf Club, and Pascack Brook County Park. Other popular outdoor destinations are only minutes away. Palisades Interstate Park and Tenafly Nature Center and Lost Brook Preserve have wooded nature trails and great views. Churchill Nature Preserve has 8 acres of paths and bridges on Churchill Road. Greenbrook Sanctuary is located on the Palisade cliffs and has 165 acres with river views, waterfalls, and a variety of plants and wildlife. Belskie Museum of Arts & Science offers exhibits and educational programs, in conjunction with the Art School at the Old Church, an art school and fine art gallery in a 19th century historic building. The Naugle/Auryansen Cemetery dates back to the 1700s, and many of the sandstone and frame houses built by Dutch settlers remain. Closter is also home to one of the preserved historic “Lustron” prefabricated steel houses; their exteriors featured no-maintenance porcelain finishes. These homes were purchased in 1950 and produced in a former car factory, each with their own serial numbers.


Closter’s median home cost is approximately $660,000. The borough’s standard of living (low crime rate, quality schools, location, and amenities) attracts many to Closter, NJ real estate. Homes for sale here include a number of three-bedroom , 2-3 bath Colonials that range from $500,000 to $650,000. Properties on Hickory Lane are large, multi-million dollar estates on beautifully landscaped lots. Marian Village is for other residents a more affordable but still very desirable neighborhood. In addition, there are some condominiums available in Closter.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Closter public schools serve students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The student teacher ratio is approximately 14 to 1. The schools are Hillside Elementary School (which has 592 students) and Tenakill Middle School (with 546 students). has given Hillside an excellent rating. Students attend Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Hackensack University Center, and Valley Hospital support the area. New Jersey Transit (NJT) provides public transportation. The major arterials are Palisades Parkway, Interstate 95, Routes 510, 502, and 505. Newark, LaGuardia and JFK are the major commercial airports in the area, while Teterboro Airport serves private and corporate planes.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in Closter, 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.


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Tami Rapaport
Tami Rapaport
130 Dean Drive
Tenafly NJ 07670