Ho-Ho-Kus, Haworth, Englewood Cliffs among Coldwell Banker Top 10 towns
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Last updated: Wednesday September 26, 2012, 6:47
BY KATHLEEN LYNN
STAFF WRITER The Record
Think your town is the best suburb ever? Well, if you live in Ho-Ho-Kus,
Haworth or Englewood Cliffs, you may be right. Coldwell Banker ranks the
three towns among the top 10 best suburbs - out of more than 11,000 studied
- in the U.S. The rankings are based on safety, good schools, the car
commute and distance to conveniences such as supermarkets and banks.
And northern Bergen County tops the rankings for N.J., taking nine of the 10
spots on a list of best places for suburbanites. Aside from Haworth,
Englewood Cliffs and Ho-Ho-Kus, the list includes Upper Saddle River,
Harrington Park, Alpine, Tenafly, Demarest and Old Tappan. (Mendham also
sneaked onto the list.)
The good life doesn't come cheap. A quick check of the N.J. Multiple Listing
Service turned up this sampling of properties available in the top towns: A
three-bedroom ranch in Englewood Cliffs with an asking price of $649,000; a
three-bedroom contemporary in Ho-Ho-Kus with an asking price of $1.1
million and a five-bedroom Victorian in Haworth with an asking price of $1.5
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2PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - Sep 25, 2012) - Suburbs make up the fabric of
America, offering a little more space (and a lot more peace and quiet) for
people who prefer backyard barbecues and soccer games over the hustle and
bustle of city-life. As part of its five-part "Best Places to Live" series,
Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC partnered with Onboard Informatics to rank
the top places for Suburbanites and analyze trends based on data from more
than 11,000 suburban areas.
The data revealed a glimpse into life in the suburbs, where many people own
their homes (75 percent), drive to work (92 percent) and spend approximately
four times as much to prepare meals at home than go out to eat.
Cherry Hills Village, Colo., approximately 10 miles south of downtown Denver
, rank as the No. 1 Best Place for Suburbanites, receiving the highest score
in the nation with a nearly 100% home ownership rate and less than 20
minute average commute. The following communities make up the Top 10 "Best
Places to Live for Suburbanites," scoring high on a range of attributes,
such as access to suburban amenities (grocery stores, banks, etc.),
proximity to good schools, commuting by car and community safety:
1. Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
2. Clyde Hill, Wash.
3. Haworth, N.J.
4. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
5. Wolf Trap, Va.
6. Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.
7. Indian Hills, Ky.
8. East Grand Rapids, Mich.
9. Rossmoor, Calif.
10. Huntington Woods, Mich.
Suburban Trends Across the United States According to data from Onboard
Informatics, Coldwell Banker Real Estate identified the following trends
among the 11,000 suburban communities included in the ranking: Suburbs Rank
High in Safety: Crime is 40 percent less likely in the suburbs than the
national average, and 68 percent less likely in the Top 10. Suburbanites Eat
In More: People who live in suburbs spend approximately four times more
money to make home cooked meals than they do going out to eat. More
Suburbanites Drive to Work, but the Commute is Not So Bad: While more likely
to drive to work than the national average (92 percent vs. 88 percent),
Suburbanites don't sacrifice much time in the car. The average commute time
is just shy of 25 minutes for all Americans. More Suburbanites are
Homeowners: Approximately 75 percent of people in the suburbs own their
homes, compared to 67 percent of people nationally. In the Top 10 ranked
suburbs, 94 percent own their homes. Errands Are Easier: The Top 10 suburbs
have approximately 12 times as many conveniences and amenities as the
national average, such as gas stations, grocery stores and banks, making
everyday tasks just a little bit easier. Weekends Dedicated to DIY:
Residents in the Top 10 ranked suburbs are twice as likely as the national
average to engage in home improvement and decoration projects.
"Suburban communities continue to appeal to people of all ages, especially
as many suburbs are seeing more diversity and re-energized downtown
communities," said Budge Huskey, president and chief operating officer,
Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "Residents can have it all in many of these
suburbs; great access to recreational centers, schools and a feeling of
community, while only being a short distance to the city."
What Makes the Top 10 Suburbs So Special From easy commutes to gorgeous
landscapes, the Top 10 Places to Live for Suburbanites represent the epitome
of suburban living:
1. Cherry Hills Village, Colo. (Suburb of Denver) Score: 1,000 Cherry Hills
Village, the No. 1 place for suburbanites, is a residential oasis of mostly
single-family homes. The Cherry Hills Land Preserve secures the area's
natural beauty by maintaining community land, trails and parks, creating a
relaxing escape from nearby downtown Denver. From sipping hot cocoa at the
annual tree lighting, to hiking trails in the summer, to taking in
spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, residents have much to love about
2. Clyde Hill, Wash. (Suburb of Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue): Score: 972.57 This
quaint suburb of Seattle took the No. 2 spot for suburbanites thanks to the
high percentage of single family homes, options for nearby public and
private schools and its close proximity to downtown. Clyde Hill also offers
gorgeous views of the Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier and Lake Washington.
Enjoying a walk along green, tree-lined streets with a view of the Cascades
and having the ability to commute to downtown Seattle in minutes, makes
Clyde Hill the perfect place for those who crave the best of suburban living.
3. Haworth, N.J. (Suburb of New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island) Score:
972.36 Started as a farming community in pre-revolutionary times, this New
Jersey suburb is within commuting distance from New York City. Alongside the
Oradell Reservoir, Haworth has several golf courses and seasonal farmers
markets. Several celebrities have once called Haworth home, including
actress Brooke Shields and Carl Hubbell, a Hall of Fame pitcher for the New
4. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. (Suburb of New York-Northern New Jersey-Long
Island) Score: 970.93 Just one mile north of the George Washington Bridge
and 9 miles from downtown New York City, Englewood has the comforts of
suburbia with access to the best restaurants and world class shopping of the
Big Apple. In addition to its many residents, several large companies,
including CNBC and Unilever, call Englewood home.
5. Wolf Trap, Va. (Suburb of Washington-Arlington-Alexandria) Score: 969.37
A suburb of Fairfax County, Wolf Trap is less than 20 miles from Washington
D.C. Families and friends can enjoy nature and a concert at The Wolf Trap
National Park for Performing Arts, which features a wide-range of
performances including opera, theatre and dance. Life in Wolf Trap offers
the comfort of suburbia - without being too far from the Nation's Capital.
6. Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. (Suburb of New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island)
Score: 967.14 The history of Ho-Ho-Kus goes back to the 1600s', giving it a
charm apparent in name and architecture. Not only has this suburb maintained
its historical roots, The National Arbor Day Foundation named it "Tree City
USA," for its commitment to maintaining surrounding forests. Home to The
Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark and museum that briefly housed
George Washington during the Revolutionary War, this peaceful suburb has
great parks and a small but bustling downtown.
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