Demarest, New Jersey Real Estate and Community Information

Demarest, New Jersey Real Estate and Community Information

Located just 25 minutes to the George Washington Bridge and 35 minutes to New York City, Demarest is a borough in Bergen County. It has a population of around 5,100 people. Demarest is a residential community with nice parks, restored historic homes and buildings, and a lively arts & culture scene.


Demarest is named after David Demarest, a French Huguenot, who settled here in 1677. Dutch settlers from New Amsterdam (later New York City) came in the early 1700s. David’s great great grandson, Samuel P. Demarest supplied flour to Washington’s troops during the Revolution. In 1779, Tories captured Samuel and killed his son. After the revolution, Samuel reopened his gristmill and operated a brewery and woolen mill. Demarest, NJ real estate comprises historic homes from this period, including Samuel’s sandstone colonial across from Duck Pond on County Road. The Northern Railroad arrived in 1859, and the borough thrived. Demarest Station, once the home of State Senator Ralph S. Demarest, became a resort during the Victorian era. J. Cleveland Cady, who designed the Metropolitan Opera House and Museum of Natural History, built the Demarest Railroad Station in 1874. During WWI, troops were quartered in tents and entertained by a home that still stands on Woodland Road. The borough thrived after the building of George Washing Bridge in 1933. Today, Demarest has 1800 homes, 3 houses of worship, and six schools.

Shopping and Dining

Bergen County provides its residents with a plethora of shopping and dining opportunities, and Demarest is no exception. Some local favorites include City Cap Accessories, Fairway to Heaven Sporting Goods, Fashion Design On Sale, Fashion Glory, V Line Fashion, Hot Potz Home Furnishings, Millennium Clothing, Annie Sez’s, and Sage Gourmet and Organic Foods. Popular dining haunts are Pizza Express, Andiamo Restaurant, Locale Café and Bar, Alessandro’s Trattoria, Umeya Restaurant, Sushi Plaza, Harvest Bistro, Taste of India, Hanami, and Mantra. Many locals shops at Palisades Center, which features Lord & Taylor, Apple, Gap, Restoration Hardware, LOFT, and other brand-name retailers. The Shops at Riverside features Bloomingdale’s, Louis Vuitton, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Saks Fifth Avenue, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tiffany & Co., Victoria’s Secret, Houston’s, Maggiano’s Little Italy, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood, Morton’s Steakhouse, P.F. Chang’s, Mr. Cupcake, The Cheesecake Factory, and Smashburger. The Outlets at Bergen Town Center is minutes away in Paramus, and includes J. Crew, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Nordstrom Rack, Bloomingdale’s, Century Twenty-One, Gap, Marshalls, Target, and Whole Foods.

Parks and Recreation

Demarest’s historic churches and civic buildings provide a gateway to the borough’s rich history including Methodist Church on Hardenburgh Avenue. The Peace Site Gazebo at Duck Pond was build to promote peace in the community. The Art School at Old Church is an art school and gallery that offers workshops, adult and children’s classes, and art exhibits. It was established by a group of artists in the early 1970s, renovating a ruined structure of a 19th century church. Since then, the Art School has been a vital part of Demarest’s community. Area parks include Wakelee Field, Ruckman Park Renaissance, Schuable Park, Roosevelt Common, Palisades Interstate Park, Brookline Park Add, and Hickory Park, and Emerson Woods. There are several golf courses in Bergen County, including Emerson Golf Club, White Beeches Golf Club, Haworth Country Club, and Montammy Country Club. Demarest Nature Center offers a variety of programs, including bird feeding exhibits, nature walks, Easter Egg hunts, Oktoberfest celebrations, and more.


Demarest, NJ real estate consists of a diverse array of home styles and prices. The median home cost is approximately $630,000 and the borough’s cost of living is higher than the national average. Demarest’s unemployment rate is lower than the national average. As a commuter hub, the borough’s neighborhoods reflect Bergen County’s excellent schools and quality of life. A snapshot of Demarest, NJ real estate include a 3-bed, 3-bath 1940 ranch home for approximately $400,00; a 4-bed, 2-bath 1950 colonial for $520,000; a 3-bed 3-bath 1900 Tudor for around $600,000; and a 3-bed, 3-bath 1960 contemporary-style home for $625,000.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Demarest Public Schools serve students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. County Road School has 132 Kindergarten and 1st grade students; Luther Lee Emerson has 215 students in grades 2-4; and Demarest Middle has 315 students in grades 5-8. Students in grades 9-12 attend Northern Valley Regional High School, which was ranked as one of New Jersey Monthly’s “Top Public High Schools,” and is a Blue Ribbon School. The Academy of Holy Angels is a private high school. Demarest public schools spend approximately $8,900 per student, higher than the national average of approximately $5,680. The student-teacher ratio is around 15 to 1. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center serves the area. Teterboro airport serves corporate and private planes, while for commercial travel, LaGuardia and JFK in New York, and Newark International are the nearest airports. New Jersey Transit (NJT) and Rockland Coaches provide transportation. Routes 501 and 505 travel through Demarest, and major arterials are Palisades Parkway and Interstate 95.

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.

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