Neighborhood of the Week: Demarest, NJ
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Located in Bergen County, Demarest is a small town of 5,152 (according to the 2010 US Census). It’s about 8 miles North of the George Washington Bridge, so it’s very close to Manhattan. The town was founded in 1677 by David Demarest (nee David Des Marets) and was formed, officially, in 1903, from parts of Harrington and Palisades Townships.
Demarest is a quiet town on 2.07 square miles of land. It consists almost entirely of affluent, single-family homes, and while there is no ‘downtown’ area to speak of, there are plenty of parks and reservoirs where you can spend a quiet afternoon with the kids.
Estimated 2009 household income was $144, 284. Estimated median home value in 2009 was $712, 962, while mean prices for the year were $856, 690. The median real estate property taxes in 2009 were $10,001. About Demarest Located in Bergen County, Demarest is a small town of 5,152 (according to the 2010 US Census). It’s about 8 miles North of the George Washington Bridge, so it’s very close to Manhattan. The town was founded in 1677 by David Demarest (nee David Des Marets) and was formed, officially, in 1903, from parts of Harrington and Palisades Townships.
The Demarest Public Schools system serves students, K-8, and includes: County Road School, Luther Lee Emerson School and Demarest Middle School. These schools have a very low student to teacher ratio; another great reason that families with young children choose to call this fantastic neighborhood, home.
High school Students in Demarest attend the Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest, along with students from Closter and Haworth. The school was ranked 14/322 New Jersey high school statewide in New Jersey Monthly’s 2010 “Top Public High Schools.” The school also received a $100,000 for Special Education, which you can read more about here. (The district is one of the top 12 school district for Special Education Services.)
Entertainment + Things to Do
For entertainment, activities and shopping, head to nearby towns such as Closter, Paramus, or Englewood, or take the bridge to the Bronx or Manhattan.
1.Demarmast Nature Center
2.Demarmast Garden Club
3.Van Saun Park in Paramaus
4.Bergen Performing Arts Center
The Shops at Riverside
As mentioned before, Demarest is a mere 8 miles North of the George Washington Bridge. The main roads are County Routes 501 and 505.
There is no passenger rail service in Demarest, though there is a stop by the Duck Pond on County Route 505 that provided service to/from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.
There are, however, commuter trains in nearby River Edge and Hackensack, 20 minute drive by car, with park-n-ride service into Manhattan.
The average commute time is 41.8 minutes, with 70% driving their car alone, and 12% taking public transportation. The average travel time by bus, from Demarest to Manhattan is about 50 minutes. The Rockland Coaches has three bus lines that serve the Port Authority Bus Terminal from Bergen County.
The Official Website of Demarest,NJ
City-Data.com- Demarest, NJ
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