It’s a safe bet that towns that owe their existence to various modes of transportation offer breezy commutes and the Bergen County borough of Rutherford is one such town. If this is important to you while shopping for homes for sale in New Jersey, you owe it to yourself to take a look at Rutherford.
Built on former farmland, Rutherford is home to 18,061 residents who earn a median household income of $85,783, higher than the state’s median ($71,637).
Although the median age of residents here is 40 years, nearly one-fourth of the borough’s population is under the age of 18.
Rutherford sits on a ridge above the New Jersey Meadowlands. Surrounding towns and boroughs include Passaic and Clifton to the west, Wallington to the north and Lyndhurst to the south.
Rutherford Public Schools district serves the public school students in the borough. Depending on where they live, children attend the following schools:
- Washington School – serves 346 students in grades K through 3.
- Lincoln School – serves 371 children in grades K through 3.
- Union School – serves497 students in grades 4 through 8. Union School receives 9 out of 10 stars at school-ranking website GreatSchools.org.
- Pierrepont School -- serves 508 children in grades 4 through 8. This school also receives 9 out of 10 stars at GreatSchools.org.
- Rutherford High School – serves 758 students in grades 9 through 12.
There is also a Catholic high school in Rutherford, St. Mary, and the borough is home to Felician College.
Leisure Time in Rutherford
There’s a lot to do in our little borough. Catch a movie or a live performance at the Williams Center for the Arts or become the next Lord (or Lady) of the Dance with some lessons from Ardmore Academy of Irish Dance.
If dining out is your idea of how best to spend your leisure moments, Rutherford is chock full of amazing places to eat. Enjoy a lush, romantic and cozy dinner at the very French Café Matisse, breakfast or brunch at the über popular Rutherford Pancake House or grab some rolls at Nizi Sushi Rutherford (beat the crowd and get there early!).
Dessert? Rutherford has you covered with the yummy stuff at Ice Cream Charlies or sweets from Madeleine Bakery & Café.
Outdoorsy types will love the 30-acre Rutherford Memorial Park. Play ball, tennis or basketball or let the kids run free on one of three playgrounds. Then, there are the summer concerts and movie nights at Lincoln Park.
Rutherford is a primarily residential borough, full of tree-lined streets and small parks which give the neighborhoods a homey feel.
Home prices typically start around $450,000 and end at well over $1.5 million dollars here in the “Borough of Trees.” First-time buyers have a large selection of condos from which to choose and even, occasionally, single-family starter homes.
Luxury home buyers in Rutherford will find Victorian mansions, custom colonials and more.
Whether you’re looking for a low-maintenance condo lifestyle or a home for growing family, you’ll find it in Rutherford.