Although welcoming to newcomers, Ho-Ho-Kus’s community is tight-knit, and many of its residents have spent their entire lives in the borough — growing up, marrying, raising children and watching them leave the house, only to see them return to raise their own families there.
Keith Rosazza was born and grew up in Ho-Ho-Kus and has served in the volunteer fire department for 23 years, alongside his father, George, who has been on the squad for 40 years. In 2011, Mr. Rosazza and his wife, Aja, bought their first home, in nearby Midland Park, N.J., but he continued to respond to fire emergencies in Ho-Ho-Kus. Three years ago, the couple moved back to Ho-Ho-Kus with their two children, buying a 1923 Tudor with three bedrooms for $775,000.
“Our whole life was centered around this town,” said Mr. Rosazza, 40, a real estate agent with Keller Williams who was named Ho-Ho-Kus’s fire chief last year. “My wife teaches at the school. My kids went to the Co-op Nursery, and we always wanted to get back to it. We were so happy to finally be able to call it home.”
What You’ll Find
Tucked between the larger Bergen County borough of Saddle River to the north and the village of Ridgewood to the south, the mostly residential Ho-Ho-Kus has a wide array of attractive houses and a picturesque downtown.
The 1.74-square-mile borough is bisected by Route 17, creating two distinct suburban settings.
On the west side of Route 17 are the borough’s public school, a commercial center and a train station. While the houses and lots tend to be smaller, the area is appealing to commuters and families with young children, who walk to school, as there is no school bus service.
On the east side of Route 17 are many of the borough’s largest homes, often on lushly landscaped lots of an acre or more, some of them abutting Saddle River or Brewster Pond. This side appeals more to second-home buyers and empty-nesters.