About Alpine

About Alpine


Alpine is a small rural community offering prestige and privacy, an easy commute to the Financial Capital of the world and three major airports, an excellent school system, extremely low taxes and an extraordinary sense of community pride. The average home sale price is ranked amongst the highest in the nation.

Perched atop the cliffs of the Palisades and marked by opulent houses set on large tracts, Alpine typically attracts educated and successful professionals. Despite its proximity to New York City, its idyllic setting gives Alpine the atmosphere of a mountain hamlet, rather than a suburb in a bustling metropolitan county. Alpine's municipal government does not provide a lot of services for its wealthy citizens. It doesn't have its own library or high school, and it relies on neighboring Cresskill for many recreation program. Instead, the Borough Council strives to keep the tax rate low, and succeeds! 

Alpine also maintains tight control over development. Industry has long been restricted. More than half of the borough's acres are in conservation areas or parks and will stay forever wild. The rest of Alpine's 6.4 square miles are dotted with homes on one and two acre lots. Privacy is apparently a big issue for Alpine residents, who would rather pick up their mail at the post office than have it delivered to their property. This tradition has, in turn, created a de-facto town center through which nearly everyone passes on a daily basis, and which serves as a local forum for residents to greet one another and discuss politics and community issues.

Alpine is not exclusively for the wealthy. People of middle-class means live in the Old Alpine neighborhood of smaller wood-frame houses.

Borough of Alpine NJ
100 Church Street

Alpine, New Jersey 07620-1095
Tel: 201-784-2900

Population: 1,863
Zip code: 07620
Median Family income: $150,610
Map of Alpine

The Alpine School has a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1, and French and Spanish are taught three times a week beginning in kindergarten and continuing through grade 5. Computers are also introduced in kindergarten. Advanced courses enable many teens to enter high school above grade level, and weekly progress reports in each of the major subjects keep parents apprised of their child's progress.


Public Schools

Alpine Public Elementary School
500 Hillside Avenue
Alpine, New Jersey 07620-1038
Tel: 201-768-8255

Tenafly High School
19 Columbus Drive
Tenafly, NJ 07670-1698
Tel: 201-816-6600

Post Office
Alpine Post Office Located on Church Street: 201-784-1494. For more information click here

Parking: No overnight parking within the Borough after 2 PM. 

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Daycare & Nursery Schools

Jack In The Box - 500 Hillside Ave (inside Alpine public school), Alpine (201) 784-3900
302 Closter Dock Rd, Closter, Tel: (201) 768-3586
55 Magnolia Ave, Tenafly, Tel: (201) 816-9471
Cresskill Cooperative Preschool Inc. - 51 Brookside Ave, Cresskill, Tel: (201) 567-5865
Shalom Yeladim - 91 W. Clinton Ave, Tenafly, Tel: (201) 894-8300
Gan-Aviv Daycare - 21 W. Main St, Bergenfield, Tel: (201) 384-6111
JCC – The Leonard and Syril Rubin Nursery School – 411 E. Clinton Ave, Tenafly, Tel: (201) 408-1436
LPS Day School (Chabad) – 11 Harold St, Tenafly, Tel: (201) 871-1152
Temple Sinai Early Childhood Center – 1 Engle St, Tenafly, Tel: (201) 568-3035
Palisade Country Day School - 212-248 Herbert Ave, Closter, Tel: 201-784-7600
2324 5th St, Fort Lee, Tel: (201) 947-3898
Lindgen School & Camp - 211 Irving Ave, Closter, Tel: (201) 768-3550

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Public Library

Demarest Public Library 
90 Hardenburgh Avenue, Demarest, NJ 
Tel: (201) 768-8714

Closter Public Library 
280 High Street, Closter, NJ
Tel: (201) 768-4197

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Parks & Recreation
The Alpine Swim & Tennis clubs (open to all residents): 201-767-9777.

Montammy & Tamcrest Country Clubs. Baseball, Girls Softball, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Girl & Boy Scouts.

Historic House: The 18th century Cornwallis house nestled under the cliffs near the Alpine Boat Basin is a State & National Landmark. It takes its name from General Charles Cornwallis, who, according to legend stopped there in 1776 while on his way to attack rebel forces in Fort Lee. Decorated with period furniture, the house is open to the public during summer weekends on a limited basis.
Alpine Boat Basin Palisade Interstate Park: 201-768-9768
Cresskill School of Art 300 Knickerbocker Road Tel: 201-503-0044
The Tenafly Nature Center with hiking trails a natural lake and various botany is open to the public year round.
Tenafly Recreation offers a wide variety of instructional programs for all ages and seasonally themed special events. 
The JCC on the Palisades one of the largest in the county offers many cultural and sports facilities and events including outdoor and indoor swimming pools. Located at 411 East Clinton Ave, is an agency serving families, senior adults and singles in Bergen County. Members enjoy full use of indoor/outdoor swimming pools, tennis, racquetball and squash courts, gyms, indoor track and state of the art fitness center. Members can also enroll their children in the JCC's nursery school, kindergarten and after school programming, summer camps and year round sports programs.
The Knickerbockers Country Club features golf, tennis and a swimming pool.
Tenafly Senior Center welcomes older adults from Tenafly and other Bergen County towns. The center offers a full weekday program of activities for adults age 55 and older.

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Englewood Hospital: 350 Engle Street, Englewood. Tel: (201) 894-3000
Hackensack University Medical Center: 30 Prospect Ave, Hackensack. Tel: (201) 996-2000 
Holy Name Hospital: 718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck. Tel: (201) 833-3000
Palisades General Hospital: 7600 River Road, North Bergen. Tel: (201) 854-5000
Valley Hospital 223 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood. Tel: (800) 825-5391

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Houses Of Worship
Alpine Community Church (United Methodist): 5 Old Dock Road, Alpine. Tel: (201) 768-2572
Temple Sinai - (Reform): 1 Engle Street, Tenafly. Tel: (201) 568-3035
Kesher - (Orthodox): 509 Engle Street, Englewood. Tel: (201) 227-1117
Chabad House - (Orthodox): 11 Harold Street, Tenafly Tel: (201) 871-1152
Chavurah Beth Shalom - (Progressive Reform): check site for services locations.  Tel: (201) 567-7806

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Utilities & Services

Public Utilities
PSE&G (gas/electric)
Rockland Electric
Suez (water)

Other Services

Verizon (phone/Internet)
Cabelvision (Optimum)
Time Warner Cable

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Bus lines
- Red & Tan 20, 20T & 14E run to Port Authority in Manhattan averaging 35-40 minutes.
- Red & Tan 184 goes across the George Washington Bridge averaging 25-30 minutes.
- New Jersey Transit 166 runs to Port Authority in Manhattan averaging 35-40 minutes.

There is no train service between Alpine & Manhattan.  

Three major airports located in the metropolitan area:

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Grocery Stores

Stop & Shop Supermarket - 34 West Railroad Ave, Tenafly, (201) 894-5111 
ShopRite Supermarket - 40 Nathaniel Pl, Englewood, (201) 816-8330 
Kings Super Markets - 70 Union Ave, Cresskill, (201) 541-4900
Emanuel-Delicatessen - 52 W. Railroad Ave, Tenafly, (201) 266-8666
Kosher Deli & Caterers - 22 Washington St, Tenafly, (201) 567-3033

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For recommended restaurants in Alpine click here

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Closter Animal Hospital,137 Piermont Rd, Closter, Tel: (201) 768-0880 
Cresskill Animal Hospital, 39 Spring St, Cresskill, Tel: (201) 568-7700
Tenafly&Cliffside Animal Hospitals, 130 County Rd, Tenafly, Tel: (201) 567-7878 / 401 Palisade Ave, Cliffside Park, Tel: (201) 943-2400
Demarest Veterinarian, 4 Pine Terr, Demarest, Tel: (201) 750-0075

Contact Information

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Tami Rapaport - REalRapaport Group
Prominent Properties | Sotheby's International Realty
90 County Road
Tenafly NJ 07670