Bucolic borough with breathtaking homes and famous residents
Upper Saddle River is a bucolic Bergen County borough offering large lot sizes and perfect landscaping. Breathtaking architecture abounds in this peaceful borough located around 25 miles northeast of Manhattan. Upper Saddle River has little commercial development but lots of outdoor recreation, including swimming, kayaking, and boating on scenic Anona Lake. Popular housing styles include gorgeous Hamptons-style cottages, stately Colonials, and elegant modern farmhouses. There are also many newer properties in a range of styles that blend in seamlessly with Upper Saddle River’s tasteful real estate mix. Local zoning regulations mean most properties sit on acre-plus lots. The luxury contemporary townhouse development of The Grove is a rare exception, offering stylish modern homes and first-class amenities. Other recent developments, such as Orchard Ridge, feature grand estates designed by renowned homebuilders. The prestigious master-planned communities of East Hill and Anona Lake offer some of Bergen County’s most sought-after real estate.
Upper Saddle River has an inviting community-oriented atmosphere with many local organizations and volunteer groups. Residents enjoy access to exceptional public schools with cutting-edge STEM programs. This tranquil community has attracted many prominent residents involved in New York City’s sports, business, and publishing scenes. Legendary New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor, former Giants coach Bill Parcells, and tennis player Kristie Ahn are just a few of this refined community’s high-status residents.
is this peaceful and prestigious residential community’s sole commercial enterprise. A fixture in Upper Saddle River for over a century, Elmer’s is a combined gas station, grocery store, and gourmet deli. Freshly-prepared food items include delicious Boar’s Head deli sandwiches and flavorful Spanish specialties such as burritos, enchiladas, flautas, and tacos. The nearby organizes many special programs for both children and adults. The neighboring community of Saddle River is home to and . These inviting eateries are located on opposite banks of the scenic Saddle River. The Saddle River Inn offers upscale French-inspired cuisine in a beautiful rustic barn built in the 1790s. Saddle River Café is a more casual dining destination run by the same team that operates The Saddle River Inn. Saddle River Café’s internationally-inspired menu includes Korean short rib tacos, steak Thai noodles, warm lobster rolls, and Faroe Island salmon.
is a stunning green space surrounding a gentle stream on the opposite riverbank of the Upper Saddle River Library. This tree-covered park has a baseball field, rolling lawns, and lots of playground equipment for children. The annual takes place each year at Lions Park with a car show, live music, hayrides, health and wellness workshops, a family scarecrow contest, and many more fun activities for all ages to enjoy. The Oktoberfest also features dozens of vendors selling food and handicrafts. runs for six days and nights at Lions Park beginning on Memorial Day in May. is a picturesque outdoor recreation area with a sandy beach surrounding a tree-flanked lake. Popular activities here include swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. There are also facilities for barbecuing and playing tennis. is a smaller neighborhood green space with sports fields and a playground. has a tranquil reflecting pond where local children can take part in an annual kids’ fishing derby.
Upper Saddle River is served by the Upper Saddle River School District.
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