Living in Closter: A Real Estate and Lifestyle Guide to Closter, New Jersey

Closter, New Jersey—Family-friendly community with a highly regarded school system and revitalized downtown

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Where Is Closter Located in New Jersey?

Closter is located in the Northern Valley section of Bergen County, bordering the Oradell Reservoir. It is surrounded by the Bergen County municipalities of Alpine, Demarest, Emerson, Harrington Park, Haworth, and Norwood. The town is easily accessible via Palisades Interstate Parkway and Route 9, as well as county routes 501, 502, and 505.

What Are the Transportation Options in Closter, New Jersey?

Commuters driving into Manhattan can easily reach the George Washington Bridge via Palisades Interstate Parkway. Public transportation into the city is available through NJ Transit buses No. 167 and 177 along Schraalenburgh Road, which goes to the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal. Other transportation options to New York City include Rockland Coaches bus routes (14ET, 20, 20T) to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and Saddle River Tours bus route (20/84) to the George Washington Bridge Terminal.

What Is the Architecture of Closter, New Jersey?

The historic architectural styles in Closter are a regal blend of Tudor Revival, Dutch Colonial, Queen Anne to Tudor, Greek, and Gothic Revival styles. Most of the luxury properties are in the affluent East Hill area.

Things to Do in Closter, New Jersey

Enjoy Art at the Belskie Museum of Art & Science

Belski Museum of Art & Science is home to the works of former Closter resident, the late Abram Belskie, a sculptor and illustrator, as well as works donated by various artists. The museum showcases 10 art exhibits a year.

Take a Walk Through Closter Nature Center

The Closter Nature Center, situated on 136 acres of woods, wetlands, streams,and trails in downtown Closter, offers educational programs for learners young and old. Annual events include the Soup Supper, for a sampling of homemade soups and breads; and the pond celebration, a summer event with music, canoe rides, arts and crafts, and more. There are also after-school classes for pre-K through high school, and adult programs ranging from bird walks to lectures.

Shop at Closter Plaza

This shopping center—the only full-service shopping destination within 5 miles—is anchored by Whole Foods Market, Target, HomeGoods, and CMX Cinema. Visitors can also shop at Lululemon Athletica, Bluemercury, and Shade Store; enjoy a facial at Massage Envy; or indulge the palate at restaurants and cafés such as Rudy’s, Chipotle, Superjuice Nation,and Bareburger.

Hit Golf Balls at Closter Golf Center

The 24-acre center has 120 heated and all-weather protected hitting booths on two levels, so veteran golfers or golf enthusiasts can practice their swing year-round. There are also 40 stalls for natural grass play, a sand bunker, and a newly installed putting green. Kids can enjoy the 18-hole miniature golf course and afterward grab a snack at the café while adults peruse the proshop.

Where to Eat in Closter, New Jersey?

Sear House

Run by veteran restauranteurs, Sear House offers an extensive menu of steaks—porterhouse, filet mignon, New York sirloin, rib-eye (and more)—and seafood, such as salmon, diver scallops and lobster. There is also a raw bar and sushi menu. Diners come for the food and the ambiance as well—high ceilings, water features, wood detailing, and a lounge with a fireplace.

Locale Restaurant

Serving modern Italian cuisine with a Mediterranean flair, Locale’s menu features escargot, goat cheese gnocchi, traditional Italian chicken dishes like chicken franchise and chicken parmigiana, and sea scallops. When the weather is warm, signature cocktails are offered at the full bar on the outside patio.

What Schools Are In Closter, New Jersey?

Closter Public Schools has two schools: Hillside Elementary (pre-K through fourth grade) and Tenakill Middle School (fifth grade through eighth grade). Students in ninth through twelfth grade attend Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, a past Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence winner.

There are several childhood learning and daycare centers in Closter. These include Everbrook Academy of Closter, Evergreen Kids Academy, International Academy of Arts & Sciences, Jack In The Box Schools, The Lindgren School & Summer Camp, and Palisades Country Day School and Camp.

Secondary education programs are offered at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack or Bergen Tech in Teterboro or Paramus.

What is the Population of Closter, New Jersey?

The population of Closter is estimated at 8,582 according to the 2018 United States Census Bureau.

What Is the Average Home Value in Closter, New Jersey?

Price: $658,000

What Are the Property Taxes in Closter, New Jersey?

Median Cost: $15,829

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