Fair Lawn, New Jersey Real Estate and Community Information

Fair Lawn, New Jersey Real Estate and Community Information

Fair Lawn is a thriving community of around 31,000 residents in northeastern New Jersey, located about 12 miles from the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge connecting New Jersey with Manhattan. The city, which was originally settled in the late 18th century, includes the planned Radburn neighborhood. Dubbed "a town for the motor age," the Radburn development includes some of American's first cul-de-sacs and emphasizes pedestrian walkways as well as streets.

Shopping and Dining

River Road and Fair Lawn Boulevard are the two major commercial streets in Fair Lawn. The city offers the usual collection of essential shops and services. In addition, there is a smattering of unique retailers, such as Goodman's Hardware, Walker/Kornbluth Art Gallery and the Treasure Trove for clothing and accessories.

Fair Lawn real estate owners need never go hungry. The town offers more than 60 eateries, featuring everything from Chinese food to New York deli-style food to traditional American cuisine. One of the most intriguing restaurants in Fair Lawn is the Dutch House Bar and Grill, which serves traditional fare in a building that dates back to the 18th century. Other local favorites include Mezza Notte Italian restaurant, Rivara's Steak House and the Empire Hunan for Chinese. Of course, Fair Lawn is also just a short bus ride away from the many diverse dining and shopping options in Manhattan.

Parks and Recreation

One of the nicest aspects of owning Fair Lawn real estate is the number of parks and green spaces in the area. The Borough of Fair Lawn Recreation Department operates a half-dozen parks with facilities that include hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, soccer and baseball fields, a pool and recreation center, and tennis courts. Fair Lawn is also just 10 miles away from the waterfront parks along the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.


Fair Lawn real estate is varied and interesting. Most housing here consists of single family homes. The predominant style of house is the brick Cape Cod, but you'll also find ranch-style homes, split-levels and colonials. Some of the most uniquely styled homes in Fair Lawn are the Radburn homes of "Plan B," constructed in the early 20th century. These houses are built facing inner courtyards with their back doors facing the street. Fair Lawn also features several historic homes, many of which date back to the 18th century.

The median home sales price in Fair Lawn for the 4th quarter of 2012 was $332,000. That is about even with the same period in 2011, although it is still far below the high of $413,000 in May of 2008.

Schools, Health Care and Transportation

Children attend classes at one of the nine schools of the Fair Lawn Public School District. These include six elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school. Fair Lawn is also home to St. Anne School, a Catholic elementary school.

For higher education, Fair Lawn is near a number of exceptional colleges and universities, including Princeton University, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and Columbia University and New York University in Manhattan.

Fair Lawn residents have access to excellent health care. The city offers the usual selection of doctors and urgent care facilities. For more serious health issues, residents are just a short drive away from St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, the top-ranked hospital in northern New Jersey, as well as world-class health care facilities like Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Getting around Fair Lawn isn't difficult. State Route 4 connects the city with Paterson to the west and Paramus and eventually the George Washington Bridge to the east. Fair Lawn is also served by two rail stations on the New Jersey Transit line by which passengers can transfer in Hoboken to trains that lead into New York City's Penn Station. There are also numerous buses that stop in Fair Lawn and connect to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal in Manhattan.

For longer trips, Fair Lawn real estate owners are lucky to be within a short drive of three of the busiest airports in the United States - Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport. These three facilities offer thousands of daily non-stop flights to destinations throughout North America and the world.


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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