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Population: 15,876 over 7.2 square miles
Median Age: 40.4
Median Income: $96,415
% of Population with Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 44.6%
% Households with Children Under 18: 35.2%
There is a downtown area in Pearl River, which has several blocks of shops, restaurants, gyms, the local library, and walkable to the local high school. The NJ transit train station is located in the center of the walkable downtown district, which is under an hour commute away from New York City.
Although the downtown area around Central Ave is not as trendy or hip at nearby Piermont or Nyack, it has several shops and restaurants that are popular with the locals. The walkability of the downtown is attracting residents who enjoy the easy commute options, along with the safe suburban vide and great schools that Pearl River has to offer.
About half of Pearl River is zoned for residential buildings. In addition to the commercial areas downtown, there are several office parks in Pearl River. That includes the Blue Hill Plaza, a 21-story office building (and it looks pretty tall in Rockland County), and offices for Pfizer.
Downtown Pearl River
Over 74.1% of the properties in Pearl River are detached single family homes. You will also find some townhouses, condos, and apartment communities in Pearl River. Most of the homes were built between 1950-1970, which was when Pearl River became a suburb for people living year round instead of a rural, vacation destination. The commute from Pearl River became a lot easier after the opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge in 1955.
2014 Pearl River Real Estate Stats: In 2014, there were 88 single family homes for sale in Pearl River that sold for a median sales price of $433,000. The average days on the market was 82 days.
Some of the facts regarding Pearl River real estate (All data from the US Census):
Half of the homes for sale in Pearl River were built between 1950-1970. Therefore, you will often find the popular split levels, capes, ranches from that era in Pearl River. If you are looking for a 3 or 4 bedroom home from that time period, it is possible to find ones that are in decent condition for under $400,000 (as of 2015). If you are looking for a home larger than 2000 square feet or newer home, you will have many choices starting in the $500,000s.
There are plenty of condos and townhouses for sale in Pearl River. There are also two 55+ active adult communities in Pearl River. The popular communities include (The prices below are based on 2015 sales prices):
Townhouses for sale at the Hollows at Blue Hill
Split level style homes
Pearl River is located just North of the North Jersey border. It is approximately 28 miles from Midtown New York City, a 45 minutes drive without traffic. For travelling to New York City or Westchester County, you will need to cross the Hudson River via the Tappan Zee Bridge and George Washington Bridge.
There is a New Jersey Transit Pearl River train station downtown, which is a slightly shorter than 1 hour commute to Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan, although you will need to transfer in Hoboken or Secaucus. There are also Coach commuter bus available to Port Authority and parts of midtown Manhattan. Visit our commute guide to find out more commuting information.
Most students attend schools at the Pearl River Central School District. A small portion goes to school at the Nanuet School District. Click here for more information about all Rockland County school districts.
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There are quite a few popular restaurants in the downtown area of Pearl River. Some of the more popular ones are:
There are plenty of small businesses in downtown Pearl River, like salons, spas, florists, dentists, and the toy store The Toy Box. Drug stores and grocery stores are throughout Pearl River. For more stores like national chains and big box stores, Pearl River is located just next to Nanuet, which has the large shopping malls the Palisades Center and the Shops at Nanuet.
The Pearl River Nauraushaun Swim Club
There are two golf courses in Pearl River, the public Blue Hill Golf Course, and the Manhattan Woods Golf Course. Both golf courses are located on beautiful grounds, and the Blue Hill Golf Course is located next to Lake Tappan.
The Pascack Brook Town Park is a scenic park, with a stream running through. Residents can fish there, or just enjoy the scenery. For a popular playground and sports fields, many play at the nearby Veteran's Memorial Park. More information about parks in Pearl River can be found in the Orangetown website.
In the summer, many residents visit the popular town pool, the Nauraushaun Swim Club. The swim club is only open to residents in Pearl River, and often has a wait list.