I cannot understand why you are continuing with this thread since you clearly have a distorted view of the housing market in this area. You make generalised statements with little or no basis of truth. In the towns you site most of the houses are not 40 to 50 yrs old and most certainly were built with a wealthy clientele in mind.
Why you pick out a single house and critizise it based on a few pictures on the lesser Mls when in fact it is a fine house in excellent condition. I can show you 20 houses in Mahwah that were built in the past 10 years which were most certainly built for the wealthy considering their prices which range from $1.5 million to $3.0 million.
There was no shortage of buyers of these houses until the market slowed last year.
In fact in 2008 the average sale price for single family houses sold in Bergen County was $642,080 so there were obviously a good number of "wealthy" people who thought Bergen county was a good buy.
I moved to Bergen County years ago when my husbands co moved out here from Manhattan. To say I was unfamiliar with the area is an understatement...we had to get out a map to even find Bergen County....over the years i have grown to love the area and we raised our children here. I DO like Franklin Lakes, septic tanks not withstanding and i love certain sections of Mahwah. But honestly most of the housing stock is 40 to 50 years old and most of it was not built for a wealthy clientele, even Upper Saddle River started as a summer hamlet back in the day. While I understand that there is a location cache to Bergen i do not see the housing stock matching that cache in alot of places. Here's an example of an overpriced, old tired home...2646406...priced over 1 million..WHAT??
Desirable - more so than other sections, i.e. college streets and 208 adjacent, but again little diversity
schools are fine, traffic is minimal, and placement is good, closer to allendale. all in all, in this enviornment, hold off for 6 months and move to franklin lakes.
No Cookie cutters in Wyckoff??? Drive down Meadowbrook...what else would you call that?? How about the splits located on Joan/ Pine...every house is exactly the same...not to mention still on septic...eeww...nothing says value like a 45 year old septic system...not. There is plenty of cookie cutter in Wyckoff...remember Wyckoff didn't become an IT town until the 80's...yes, Sicomac or hartung is very nice but lots of Wyckoff is only OK..Cali Builders did the Meadowbrook area and to say they lacked imagination is an understatement. How about the dreaded East Wyckoff... and to answer your other question, yes, I know Wyckoff very well.
Agree - My office is right on Franklin Ave and I would have great difficulty in finding any area of Wyckoff that is "Old, tired, boring and cookie cutter"
The lack of those references is exactly why Wyckoff is one of the most desirable towns in western Bergen county
All of the elementary schools in town have excellent reputations. Not a busy street but a little remote from the downtown area and in fact is almost closer to Allendale.
All in all a fairly typical Wyckoff neighborhood.
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