Fort Lee, New Jersey Real Estate and Community Information

Fort Lee, New Jersey Real Estate and Community Information

Located along the western bank of the Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey, Fort Lee is a thriving suburban New York City community of around 35,000 residents. Situated at the western end of the George Washington Bridge, Fort Lee offers an alternative to Manhattan living without a lengthy commute.

Fort Lee, named for an American Revolutionary War camp, was the birthplace of the American film industry. Before the movie industry moved to Hollywood, there were more than a dozen studios in Fort Lee and the surrounding area, largely because of the proximity to Edison's laboratory and workshop. Such early stars as Mary Pickford got their starts at a Fort Lee studio.

Fort Lee has also been home to a number of notable persons, including rapper Jay-Z, comedian Buddy Hackett and singer Phoebe Snow.

Shopping and Dining

Fort Lee is largely residential, so most of the shopping here consists of necessities like hardware stores, grocery stores and big box retailers. For more exotic shopping, New York City is just across the George Washington Bridge. In addition, Paramus Park Mall, with more than 100 retailers, is just a short drive away.

Owners of Fort Lee real estate need never feel hungry. The city is known for its restaurants, particularly its many ethnic restaurants. Here you can find Korean barbecue, Chinese dim sum and Siamese pad Thai, just to name a few. Local favorite restaurants include In Napoli Grill Ristorante for Italian cuisine, Gammeeoak for Korean and Hiram's for burgers, hot dogs and chili cheese fries.

Parks and Recreation

One of the many pleasures of owning Fort Lee real estate is the town's proximity to abundant parks and green spaces. The Borough of Fort Lee and Bergen County manage a diverse collection of parks within Fort Lee, including the 805-acre Overpeck County Park as well as Fort Lee Historic Park and Palisades Park, which run along the banks of the Hudson River. These riverfront parks offer some of the best views of New York City's July 4th fireworks displays.


Fort Lee real estate varies from highrise condos to single family homes to townhouses and co-ops. More than half of Fort Lee real estate is made up of multi-family dwellings, but there are still a good number of single family properties,

The median home sales price in Fort Lee during the fourth quarter of 2012 was $425,000, which is an increase of around 34% from the same period in 2011. That number, however, hides the wide disparity in Fort Lee housing prices. You can find a one-bedroom condo here for under $100,000, a single family home for around $350,000, a large luxury home for around $750,000 and a penthouse condo with a view of the Manhattan skyline for more than $1.5 million.

Schools, Health and Transportation

Children of Fort Lee real estate owners attend the schools of the Fort Lee School District, which has an enrollment of around 3,500 students, and owns and manages six schools - four elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. The area is also home to a number of private and parochial schools. Among these are Christ the Teacher (a Catholic grade school), and the Fort Lee Education Center. For post-secondary education, the region offers a number of excellent colleges and universities, including Rutgers University in New Brunswick, Princeton University, Barnard University, as well as New York University and Columbia University across the Hudson River in New York City.

When you own Fort Lee real estate, you're never far away from quality health care. The city offers an urgent care facility as well as a variety of doctors', dentists' and veterinarians' offices. For more serious health care issues, Fort Lee is just across the George Washington Bridge from some of the best health care facilities in the world, including Mount Sinai Hospital and New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

It's easy to get around Fort Lee, due to its compact size. For trips out of town, I-80 and I-95/New Jersey Turnpike run through town. In addition, the George Washington Bridge spans the Hudson River and connects Fort Lee with the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. New Jersey transit buses provide public transportation between points within Fort Lee, between Fort Lee and other New Jersey cities and between Fort Lee and Manhattan. For travel outside of northern New Jersey and eastern New York, there are three major airports within an hour's drive of Fort Lee - Liberty International Airport in Newark, LaGuardia Airport in Queens and John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens. These three airports combine to offer thousands of daily non-stop flights to destinations around the United States, North America and beyond.


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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Tami Rapaport
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