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About Saddle River

Saddle River is a borough of Bergen County in New Jersey. It is a bedroom suburb of New York City about 25 miles away from Manhattan (takes around an hour, based on traffic). Known for its natural fields, farmland, forests, and rivers, it has a rustic feel, mostly in part to minimum zoning requirements (2 acre min lot size for homes). Saddle River is also a place where you can still keep horses (one per acre). 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.

The borough contains historic homes, mansions, and estates in the $1 million or more price range.  Desired amongst residents who are seeking expansive property in a rural setting while also having closeness to Manhattan. The borough of Saddle River (not to be confused with Upper Saddle River) is one of the highest-income small municipalities in the United States.

The town has been home to former US Presidents, celebrities, athletes, and businessmen alike.

  • Saddle River was ranked among the Top 100 in Forbes Most Expensive Zip Codes in America in 2010.
  • Saddle River was ranked the richest suburb in the nation among those with 2,500 or more people (based on 1989 per capita income).

Saddle River Hotspots

Rindlaub Park

Rindlaub Park is considered a secret park to residents, it has various sports fields, tennis courts, a jogging trail, a playground, and an amphitheater used for special events.

Saddle River Inn

Considered a romantic dining location in Bergen County, this BYOB restaurant (It is a dry town, where alcohol cannot be sold), located in a restored barn, serves upscale French-American cuisine made with fresh, sustainable, and organic ingredients. The restaurant also provides at-home catering and private/special events.

Saddle River Café

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.

Other Facts

The first humans to inhabit the area now known as Saddle River were the Lenni Lenape Native Americans. While nothing built by the Lenni Lenape remains in Saddle River today, a massive boulder (known as Indian Rock) was a sacred Native American meeting place and still sits in the woods off Twin Brooks Rd.

Saddle River has origins back to 1675. Saddle River was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1894, assembled from areas of Orvil Township. An additional portion of Orvil Township was annexed later on. The borough is named after the Saddle River, which runs through the borough and is a tributary of the Passaic River (which was named for a stream and valley in Saddell, Argyll, Scotland). The borough was formed during the “New Jersey Borough” phenomenon which raced through Bergen County where 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. Essex County had a similar “town” phenomenon where more than a dozen Essex County municipalities reclassified themselves as townships in order take advantage of federal revenue sharing policies that allocated townships a greater share of government aid to municipalities on a per capita basis.

ric District’ was awarded a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

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