Hillsdale New Jersey My Hometown





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Published on Jun 8, 2009

Hillsdale, NJ 07642
Lisa and Robert Hammerstein
In Bergen County, New Jersey, there is a down-to-earth residential community called Hillsdale, where families enjoy a safe, quiet quality of life. Hillsdale is a borough with a population of approximately 10,000. It has many qualities that strongly appeal to home buyers, including an excellent school system, ample recreation groups and facilities and a solid transportation infrastructure. Real estate options consist of single-family homes, condominiums and townhouses as well as limited land lots for custom building. Public schooling is provided by Hillsdale Public Schools (HPS) and Pascack Valley Regional High School District (PVRHSD). HPS operates three campuses, Ann Blanche Smith School, Meadowbrook Elementary School and George G. White Middle School. High school students attend Pascack Valley High School, which has a high success rate in sending graduates to four-year colleges. Recreation in Hillsdale revolves around organized sports for children and adults. The community has active associations for basketball, football, soccer, baseball and softball. Team play is hosted on the evenings and weekends by Centennial Field, Memorial Field, Stony Brook Park and the school campuses. For swimmers, Stony Brook Swim Club is a choice destination for exercising and socializing. The complex contains an Olympic pool, as well as pools for diving and playing. Another advantage of Hillsdale living is the regional transportation infrastructure. Commuters appreciate the accessibility of commuter trains running into Secaucus, Penn Station, Hoboken and Manhattan.
One of Hillsdales best known landmarks is also a connecting point between this neighborly community and the outside world. The Victorian train station at Hillsdale Avenue and Broadway was constructed in 1869 and last restored in 1997. As a stop on the New Jersey Transits Pascack Valley Line, the station connects Hillsdale commuters to Secaucus. From there, they can reach Penn Station or, through Hoboken, Lower Manhattan. The station is a registered national and state historic landmark.The Hillsdale station is an anchor to a charming, historic downtown shopping district. Downtown Hillsdale is characterized by clapboard and masonry structures, accessorized by detailed cornices. The area offers a distinctive shopping alternative from the big box stores located in neighboring communities.

Most of the local businesses within Hillsdale are service oriented. These include restaurants, personal care services and travel services. The economy is further supported by nearby employment opportunities in educational, health and social services; professional services; retail trade; and manufacturing.

New residents can look into a variety of recreational groups and organizations to get to know their neighbors. Active clubs provide activities for seniors, adults and children. Youth and adult sports programs are particularly popular. Independent associations give kids a chance to play football, basketball, baseball and softball. There is also a mens basketball league, walking club and bridge club.

Home to the favorite T.V. show "Ed" the quaint town of Hillsdale has gained in popularity through the years due to the top notch school systems as well as it's accessibility to NYC. The Victorian Train Station and red brick Traffic Booth are the heart of this much sought after town. Bob grew up in Hillsdale where his Grandfather was one of the Architects of several custom homes in town in the early part of the 1900's.


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