Saddle River is located in northern New Jersey in Bergen County, an estimated 30 miles from New York City. It’s surrounded by Upper Saddle River to the north, Allendale and Waldwick to the west, Ho-Ho-Kus and Washington Township to the south, and Hillsdale and Woodcliff Lake to the east. Route 17 runs through the west side of town, while the Garden State Parkway is right outside the town’s border on the Eastern side. The major roads in town are West Saddle River Road, East Saddle River Road, East Allendale Road, and Chestnut Ridge Road.
Commuters traveling to New York City by car have easy access to Route 17, which runs north to south through the western part of town. Route 17 merges with I-80, with exit 68A taking travelers to I-95 South and then toward the Lincoln Tunnel via NJ 495 East. The trip takes around an hour, based on traffic. Another route is via Route 17 to Route 4 and then I-95 North over the George Washington Bridge (also around an hour’s drive).
Saddle River Tours offers AmeriBus commuter service to the George Washington Bridge bus terminal from nearby locations, including the Montvale Town Center, Park Ridge Town Center, Woodcliff Avenue in Woodcliff Lake, and the Hillsdale train station (as well as other Bergen County locations).
Nearby train stations are in Allendale, Waldwick, Ho-Ho-Kus, Ramsey, Woodcliff Lake, Park Ridge, Ridgewood, Hillsdale, and Montvale. NJ Transit offers a variety of train schedules based on town origin and travel destination. Coach USA’s Shortline bus also has routes starting in surrounding areas with travel to New Jersey and New York destinations.
The most common home styles in Saddle River are historic homes, mansions, and estates in the $1 million or more price range.
The Saddle River School District has one school—Wandell School—offering pre-kindergarten classes, starting at age 3, through fifth grade. In 2021, it was named the No. 2 “Best Public Elementary School” in the state by niche.com. Students attend Eric C. Smith Middle School (sixth grade through eighth grade) in Ramsey. High school students have the option of choosing to attend Ramsey High School in Ramsey or Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale. Both high schools have garnered awards and high rankings statewide and nationwide.
Bergen County residents can also send their children to Bergen County Academies in Hackensack or Bergen Tech, with locations in Teterboro and Paramus, both serving students in ninth through twelfth grades.
Saddle River Day School on Chestnut Ridge Road is an independent day school with students enrolled from early childhood ages (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten) through twelfth grade. There are nearby private schools including Saint Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, and Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, among others. There are also early childhood learning and daycare centers in the surrounding areas.
Spend the day at Rindlaub Park
Considered a secret park to residents, Rindlaub Park has various sports fields, tennis courts, a jogging trail, a playground, and an amphitheater used for special events.
Join a community group
There are plenty from which to choose: The Saddle River Garden Club encourages gardening among amateurs and the protection of native trees, plants, and birds; the Saddle River Big Band creates sounds of the Big Band era of the ’40s through today; the Saddle River Valley Club hosts theater parties, dinners, treasure hunts, bridge parties, and more; the Valley Hospital Auxiliary: Saddle River Branch supports the hospital through activities within the hospital, fundraising, and social functions.
Practice your favorite sport with the Ho-Ho-Kus/Saddle River Sports Programs
Offerings include men’s spring softball on Sunday morning at Rindlaub Park in Saddle River and Lloyd Park in Ho-Ho-Kus; baseball and softball for boys and girls from kindergarten through ninth grade; and football and cheerleading.
With Saddle River home to only around 3,000 residents, there are a few dining options available in town, and plenty right outside its borders.
Saddle River Inn
Considered a romantic dining location in Bergen County, this BYOB restaurant, located in a restored barn, serves upscale French-American cuisine made with fresh, sustainable, and organic ingredients. The menu changes twice seasonally to incorporate the freshest ingredients. Menu items have included Barnegat Light sea scallops, Long Island duck, and house-made Cavatelli Bolognese. Caviar options and a butcher block are available. The restaurant also provides at-home catering and private/special events.
Saddle River Cafe
A sister restaurant to the Saddle River Inn, Saddle River Cafe has a healthy menu, including grilled tuna tacos, a veggie burger, southwest crispy chicken salad, and a warm lobster roll. The café offers smoothies, wellness shots, teas by Harney & Sons, juices pressed daily with fresh ingredients, and coffee by Devotion, a farm-fresh coffee company that harvests its beans in Columbia.
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Median Cost: $18,210***
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