About the town
Alpine is a small rural community offering prestige and privacy, an easy commute to the Financial Capital of the world and three major airports, an excellent school system, extremely low taxes and an extraordinary sense of community pride. The average home sale price is ranked amongst the highest in the nation.
Perched atop the cliffs of the Palisades and marked by opulent houses set on large tracts, Alpine typically attracts educated and successful professionals. Despite its proximity to New York City, its idyllic setting gives Alpine the atmosphere of a mountain hamlet, rather than a suburb in a bustling metropolitan county. Alpine's municipal government does not provide a lot of services for its wealthy citizens. It doesn't have its own library or high school, and it relies on neighboring Cresskill for many recreation programs. Instead, the Borough Council strives to keep the tax rate low, and succeeds!
Alpine also maintains tight control over development. Industry has long been restricted. More than half of the borough's acres are in conservation areas or parks and will stay forever wild. The rest of Alpine's 6.4 square miles are dotted with homes on one and two acre lots. Privacy is apparently a big issue for Alpine residents, who would rather pick up their mail at the post office than have it delivered to their property. This tradition has, in turn, created a de-facto town center through which nearly everyone passes on a daily basis, and which serves as a local forum for residents to greet one another and discuss politics and community issues.
Alpine is not exclusively for the wealthy. People of middle-class means live in the Old Alpine neighborhood of smaller wood-frame houses.
100 Church St, Alpine. Tel: 201-784-2900
Median Household Income: $135,143
Median Listing Price: $2,700,000
500 Hillside Ave, Alpine. Tel: 201-768-8255
19 Columbus Dr, Tenafly. Tel: 201-816-6600
Parks & Recreation
The Alpine Swim & Tennis clubs (open to all residents): 201-767-9777
Alpine Country Club
80 Anderson Ave, Demarest. Tel: (201) 768-2121
Alpine Boat Basin Palisade Interstate Park: 201-768-9768
The Tenafly Nature Center with hiking trails, a natural lake and various botanical specimens is open to the public year round.
Tenafly Recreation offers a wide variety of instructional programs for all ages and seasonally themed special events.
Kaplan JCC on the Palisades - one of the largest in the county offers many cultural and sports facilities and events including outdoor and indoor swimming pools. Located at 411 East Clinton Ave, is an agency serving families, senior adults and singles in Bergen County. Members enjoy full use of indoor/outdoor swimming pools, tennis, racquetball and squash courts, gyms, indoor track and state of the art fitness center. Members can also enroll their children in the JCC's nursery school, kindergarten and after school programming, summer camps and year round sports programs. Features golf, tennis and a swimming pool.
34 West Railroad Ave, Tenafly. Tel: (201) 894-5111
45 Vervalen St, Closter. Tel:(201) 367-9099
70 Union Ave, Cresskill. Tel: (201) 541-4900
52 W. Railroad Ave, Tenafly. Tel: (201) 266-8666