Welcome to Westwood

Live the good life in this bucolic yet bustling borough.
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Long before a town profile on Westwood graced the pages of The New York Times real estate section last spring, “The Hub of the Pascack Valley” had been one of the preeminent Manhattan suburbs to raise a family as well as a favorite daytime destination for shoppers. And it still is.

This quaint 2.3-square-mile borough is less than an hour by train from New York’s Penn Station and offers the kind of living that in many places has vanished. A bustling downtown boasting a mix of national retailers, mom-and-pop stores and restaurants abuts tree-lined residential streets. In bucolic neighborhoods where children still walk and bike to school is a balanced housing mix, from classic colonials and tudors to modern condos and townhouses.

As one might expect, Westwood was once known as Pleasantville. The area had fewer than 25 houses in 1870, when the Erie Railroad spawned local growth by extending its track north from Hackensack to Hillsdale. Westwood was incorporated as a borough in 1894, and by 1900 the population was less than 1,000. Today it’s home to just over 11,000 people.

Shopping in downtown Westwood is a low-stress alternative to congested NYC or overcrowded malls. Parking is plentiful (with low-cost meters on the streets and lots), and there are wonderful “non-chain” destinations to find a deal—Ginger N’ Cream, Hartly, Threads and Society Femme for the latest women’s fashions; Monte Carlo and Society Men for the guys; and LaViano and Gem Mine for jewelry and unique gifts. The borough is also home to Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley, a full-service community hospital.

Many parks, playgrounds and sports fields are sprinkled throughout the borough, giving children who grow up here—and their parents—plenty of opportunities to enjoy the benefits of life outside NYC.

Housing Costs

The median home value in Westwood is currently $441,300—up 2.7 percent over last year and predicted to rise 3.9 percent in 2018, according to Zillow.

Median Household Income

Approximately $85,849, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

Locals Love

  • Music Merchant’s extensive record collection
  • A stroll around the pond at Pascack Brook Park n Uptown Art’s paintings (pictured)
  • Conrad’s homemade candy
  • Attending the Home for the Holidays parade

Dining

Westwood is a dining hot spot for friends, families and couples. For a night out, head to Baci, Bibi’z, Grange, Jack’s Cafe, The Melting Pot or Mezza. Those seeking more casual dining options or a drink can head to Bat Barry’s Center Tavern, Farmhouse Cafe, The Iron Horse, P.J. Finnegans or Recovery Room. Just in the mood for coffee or dessert? Conrad’s, Sogno Coffeehouse and the Rolling Pin Cafe will provide all the sweets—and the jolt of caffeine—that you crave.

Fun Facts

  • The North Jersey Figure Skating Club (a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association) was formed and continues to make its home at the Fritz Dietl Ice Rink.
  • Bogert’s Mill (Mill Street and First Avenue) was one of the area’s earliest grist mills, which grind grain into flour. Gen. George Washington and his troops camped at the mill during the American Revolution.
  • A Studebaker wagon pulled by Anheuser-Busch’s iconic Budweiser clydesdales rolled up to The Iron Horse last October for a beer delivery at the borough’s landmark restaurant.

Did You Know?

Between 2014–2015, Westwood was home to a short-lived movie house called the Rosebud Theater. The 90-seat theater screened classic films such as “Rear Window” and “Sunset Boulevard.”

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