Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.: Small-Town Amenities Close to the City

Mary DeAngelis, 42, a nurse, can see Teterboro Airport from where her street crests. In 2017, she bought an expanded six-bedroom colonial for $493,000 with her sister, Donna DeAngelis, 52, who works in human resources, and their mother, Barbara DeAngelis, now 72. The three previously rented separate homes in nearby towns. Now they share a house with an open floor plan downstairs and an upstairs configuration that gives each of them — Mary DeAngelis has two children, ages 5 and 6, and Donna DeAngelis has three who are college age — a measure of privacy.

While they chose Hasbrouck Heights for the size of the house they were able to buy, and the ease of commuting, Mary DeAngelis said they have come to prize the small-town accouterments: the swim club, the annual holiday parade and tree lighting, and the way everyone seems to knows everyone, a byproduct of families staying put.

“You feel it downtown on the Boulevard, when you’re getting a bagel or running into Rite Aid,” she said. “Everyone is so neighborly. There’s a sense of community beyond anything I’ve experienced.”

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Driving through Hasbrouck Heights on Route 17 offers little inkling of the residential community up the hill or beyond the cliff to the west. Bordered primarily by Hackensack and the boroughs of Lodi, Wood-Ridge and Teterboro, Hasbrouck Heights has an eclectic housing stock of Capes, Victorians, ranches, split-levels, boxy contemporaries, Tudors, McMansions and colonials of all stripes, many on 50-foot-wide lots. The architectural variety, spanning the late 1800s to the current decade, is evident on nearly every block.

“With the new construction, builders have done a good job adding style and character,” said Susan LeConte, the president and chief executive of LeConte Realty, in Hasbrouck Heights. “The homes are not cookie-cutter.”

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