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Closter Real Estate

Living in Closter, NJ

Closter is a historical borough originally settled by Dutch families in the early 1700’s. This is evidenced by the Naugle/Auryansen Cemetery which documents burials that date back to circa 1722, many of which were Dutch settlers. In 1859, the first wood-burning locomotive of the Northern Railroad came through Closter bringing new people to the area, namely John Henry Stephens, a carpenter and businessman from Manhattan. He bought up many properties around where the railroad would center. Thus, this new community of “Closter City” was begun. John Henry built a mansion which stood overlooking Closter, and was the Jewel of Durie Avenue and Knickerbocker Road.

This community, with a population of just over 8,000, is made up of amazing historical architectural designs including:

  • 18th/19th century stone houses
  • Greek revival
  • Italianate
  • Vernacular gothic revival
  • Second empire
  • Stick style
  • Richardsonian Romanesque
  • Queen Anne
  • Renaissance revival
  • Colonial & Dutch Colonial revival
  • Foursquare
  • Vernacular commercial


Local Amenities

Some of Closter’s most notable places to visit are Closter Belskie Museum of Art & Science and Closter Nature Center. A nice variety of upscale restaurants include Rudy’s Ristorante, Locale, Sear Steak House and Harvest Bistro.


Children in Closter attend Hillside Elementary from kindergarten through 4th grade, Tenakill Middle School from 5th through 8th grade, then Northern Valley Regional High School (located in Demarest) from 9th through 12th grade.

Places of Worship

St. Mary Parish
Centennial AME Zion Church
First Congregational Church
Jehovah’s Witnesses
Korean Gillbott Church
Reformed Church of Closter
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran
Temple Bether-El Northern Valley
Temple Emanu-El Associates
Emmaus Mission Church