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Oradell is a gem of a town, covering just two and a half miles, but inspiring an outsized devotion from its residents. It has all the small-town charm one could want, with a walkable downtown, a century-old library with plenty of community activities, plus a beautiful reservoir waterfront. In fact, picturesque Grove Street was such a popular backdrop for television commercials that the town had to institute a steep filming permit fee. In the summer, the Oradell Swim Club—with its four outdoor pools, playground, and basketball court—is a popular hangout, along with the live music concerts at Memorial Field. Oradell is an easy commute to New York City for any big city needs, with both buses and New Jersey Transit trains available. It’s also a quick drive to Bergen County shopping, whether it’s IKEA in Paramus or the Shops at Riverside in Hackensack.

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Living in Bergen County

Home to just shy of one million residents, Bergen County—New Jersey’s most populous—offers nearly as many lifestyles. It’s located across the Hudson River from Manhattan, the Bronx, and lower Westchester County with elements of overlap from all three, from the soaring co-op towers of Guttenberg and Fort Lee to grand several-acre estates in towns like Alpine, Saddle River, and Ridgewood. There’s little you won’t find along Route 17 in Paramus, a prime retail corridor with just about every big-box store and three indoor malls, the Garden State Plaza reigning supreme. NJ Transit’s Bergen, Main, and Pascack Valley Lines reach several area communities with direct service to Hoboken Terminal, and Penn Station via Secaucus. And while many locals commute to New York City by train and the George Washington Bridge, countless Fortune 500 companies have offices right in Bergen County: BMW North America, KPMG, and Unilever, just to name a few.