Living in Westwood: A Real Estate and Lifestyle Guide to Westwood, New Jersey
Westwood, New Jersey—A charming commuter community with a bustling downtown and natural surroundings
Where Is Westwood Located in New Jersey?
Westwood is located in the Pascack Valley region of Bergen County, in the northeastern part of New Jersey. It borders Emerson, Hillsdale , River Vale , and the Township of Washington. The town is easily accessible via exits 166 and 168 on the Garden State Parkway, as well as Route 9.
What Are the transportation options in Westwood?
Public transportation into the city is available through NJ Transit rail service out of Westwood Train Station. The Pascack Valley Line runs to Hoboken Terminal, with transfers to New York Penn Station available at the Secaucus Junction stop. NJ Transit bus No. 165 goes to New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Other transportation options to New York City include Rockland Coaches bus routes (11T, 11AT, 46, 47) from Westwood Avenue and Broadway to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and Saddle River Tours bus route (11C) to the George Washington Bridge Terminal.
Driving into Manhattan? Residents of Westwood can take Route 4 or Route 17 and I-80, and then the George Washington Bridge, or Garden State Parkway south, Route 17, Route 3, and then the Lincoln Tunnel.
What Is the Architecture of Westwood?
The town’s residential architectural styles include Cape Cod, Colonial, ranch, split-level, and Tudor Revival. Many historic homes are located in the coveted Goodwin Park area of Westwood. Townhouse and condominium rentals are also available throughout the town.
What Schools Are in Westwood?
The Westwood Regional School District has six schools that serve students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from the Borough of Westwood and the Township of Washington. There are four elementary (kindergarten through fifth grade) schools: Brookside Elementary School, Jessie F. George Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, and Berkeley Avenue Elementary—a past winner of the National Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence. The sole middle school,serving sixth and seventh grades, is Westwood Regional Middle School. Eighth through 12th grade students are served by Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School.
Students can attend secondary education programs at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack or Bergen Tech in Teterboro or Paramus.
There are early childhood learning and daycare centers in Westwood, including AppleTree Preschool (infant through five-and-a-half years old), Bell’s Little Learners (six weeks through six years old), Carousel Early Learning Center (eight weeks to five years old), Lightbridge Academy (infant through kindergarten-aged children), and Zion Lutheran School (two-and-a-half through four years old). The Westwood Recreation Department also offers a Pre-K program (for three-and four-year-old children) three half-days per week for Westwood residents.
Things to Do in Westwood
Walk Around Downtown Westwood
The American Planning Association—New Jersey Chapterrecognized Westwood’s downtown as a “Great Place in New Jersey,” stating “The main roads of downtown Westwood—Broadway, Washington Avenue, Westwood Avenue, 3rd Avenue, Center Avenue, and Fairview Avenue entice residents and visitors with a profusion of all things that make a downtown worth visiting: assorted restaurants, services, retail, commercial and community activity within an aesthetically pleasing, safe and perpetually improving neighborhood.”
Some of the draws of downtown include Westwood Cinemas, a theater built in 1928 that showcases six to eight movie previews annually; Conrad’s Confectionery, a candy shop that sells scrumptious homemade candy; and Goldberg’s Famous Bagel, a family-owned and operated deli baking delicious bagels for more than 30 years.
Go Ice Skating at the Fritz Dietl Ice Rink
Named after figureskating star Fritz Dietl, this ice rink offers group and private skating lessons, and open skating hours for beginners and advanced skaters. A Junior Rangers rookie hockey league is available for ages 8-10, with free hockey lessons, as well as a 10-week program (for a fee) for ages 5-9.
Find a Program at the Community Center
The community center has two large multipurpose rooms, a full gym, working kitchen, meeting room, and preschool. Programs available through the recreation department include soccer, T-ball, tennis, volleyball, basketball, yoga, knitting, pickleball, and art classes.
Go for a Swim at the Pascack Valley Swim Club
The swim club is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, and membership is available to anyone and is based on single, family, and senior rates. Swim lessons are available twice a week during July. Other special activities are held at the club throughout the summer. The club has a swing set, playground, basketball court, volleyball court, knock hockey tables, ping-pong tables, and shuffleboard. The club even has a swim and drive team that competes with other local New Jersey swim clubs.
Enjoy the Town Parks
With more than a dozen parks to enjoy in Westwood, residents will never search long for a sports court, playground, or walking path. Veterans’ Memorial Park hosts several events throughout the year, while Westvale Park has a dog park, and Pascack Brook County Park offers a fishing pond.
Explore the History of the Town
The Westwood Museum, which was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, is located in the Westwood Train Station building. The museum has exhibits of artifacts and records of Westwood’s history and hosts Westwood Heritage Society meetings. It’s open 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of every month.
Where to Eat in Westwood?
Westwood has many highly rated restaurants, here are just a few:
Bibi’z Restaurant & Lounge
Bibi’z offers global American cuisine by mixing European, Asian, Latin America, and Mediterranean influences into its dishes. It serves wild-caught seafood, grass-fed-pasture-raised poultry, and no-hormones, no-antibiotics beef and lab. The restaurant also offers many gluten-free options and organic-vegan-bio-dynamic wines by the glass on its menu.
This Mediterranean-American cuisine restaurant serves dishes such as seafood couscous with shrimp, calamari, mussels, fish du jour vegetable and seafood broth; Colorado braised lamb shank with creamy orzo, spinach and lamb au jus; and Long Island Duck in a blueberry-port reduction, caramelized peaches, walnuts and kale and cabbage salad. Desserts include baklava, and homemade ice cream and sorbet.
Osteria Crescendo’s dishes use locally sourced ingredients from family farms. Menu items include large sharing dishes like local braised lamb new with polenta, arugula and saffron, and ribeye with rosemary potatoes, dry-aged beef fat cippolini agrodolce, and braised escarole. Diners can enjoy “street-fare” style food options at the bar while having a classic cocktail.
This Texas-style barbecue restaurant mixes in Korean flavors and ingredients. Try Korean barbecue ribs as an appetizer, or a Texas rice bowl for lunch. The menu’s famous sandwiches include ODB: Ole Dirty Bird with spicy buttermilk fried chicken breast topped with remoulade, slaw, sriracha and scallions on a roll, and bestseller Austin Cho Hero with chopped brisket, bourbon chipotle sauce, kimchi, remoulade and scallions on a roll. Some of the sandwiches can be made into tacos too.
How Many People Living in Westwood?
Population: 11,155 [2018 estimate: United States Census Bureau]
What is the Average Home Value in Westwood?
What Are the Property Taxes in Westwood?
Median Cost: $10,758
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