Tl88, Home Buyer in Saddle River, NJ

What is the diff between Saddle River and Upper Saddle River? Afterall they share the same zip code. Any chance they will combine as one?

Asked by Tl88, Saddle River, NJ Mon Dec 7, 2009

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Saddle River is an older town than Upper Saddle River, fewer school age children and homes are on larger parcels. 20% of properties are non conforming lot size, meaning that a conforming property is 2 acres or more, There are approx 1000 homes in Saddle River vs apprx 3000 in USR.
Saddle River has smaller taxes as there is less demand on the town, public needs increase taxes. The population is 3 x larger in USR, so more demand. Sports & parks offered by the towns is significantly lower in SR as an example for demand.
Both towns offer Northern Highlands High School which is in Allendale, Saddle River offers Ramsey HS as well, although most children residing in SR after elementary school opt for private school.
In my opinion as a resident of Saddle River the towns will never be combined.
Same zip code because there is only one post office for both towns and its located in SR, keep in mind SR does have a public library either, you pay a fee as an out of towner to use the facilities that the library offers.
Saddle iver has homes from under one million to 15 million, USR $400,000 to $3,500,000.
I hope this answers some of your questions, if you have any desire to move into these towns and you have children, my first choice would probably be USR for you and your family.
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Barbara Colella
Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty
(201) 639-5555 x 128
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 1, 2011
Saddle River...bigger houses, min 2 acre property, way cheaper taxes, shared school system 6-8 grade.....personally I believe USR has a far better school system but the tax base is making it almost impossible for the average family to continue to stay in town....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 14, 2010
Hi- Both Barbara and Joy answered this question well! I grew up in Upper Saddle River as it made it's transition from a middle class neighborhood to a high-end town. I think both towns are a great investment, but the upfront advantage to buying in Saddle River is the 2 acre zoning, and the value is in the land; and the tax rate in Saddle River is considerably lower.

Sean Farley, Terrie O'Connor Realtors
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 11, 2010
2 acre zoning, lower taxes, same post office. No Library. Different police, fire & emergency services. Different mayor and council. Different elementary and middle schools. Opportunity to use same high school as Upper Saddle River or attend Ramsey high school. No indication they will merge.............
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 5, 2010
Saddle River and Upper Saddle River are next to each other but Saddle River is a much more expensive location with 2 acre zoning and a much more affluent demographic. It's also smaller in it's population. Upper Saddle River is also a highly affluent location but less expensive in that most of it's lots are around 1 acre in size. There's no indication whatsoever that the 2 towns will combine. Upper Saddle River has 8,300 residents while Saddle River has 3,600 to round it off. Basically they are both great locations with a strong "country feel" to them. If you can afford larger acreage and wish a greater degree of privacy and exclusivity, then Saddle River is the right address for you. It is one of the country's premier luxury locations and the only other like it in Bergen County would be Alpine. However, with a median income of about $170,000 Upper Saddle River is also a highly affluent community. When you get off the highway and drive through both of these locations, you really feel like you're in another world and the stress just melts away. If you go to (the public website for our MLS), you'll find plenty of excellent information on both.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 8, 2009
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