From the beginnings of human settlement in the area until the present day, some aspect of nature has always played a role in Demarest’s development. The residential character of Demarest has survived into the present century, and unlike nearby towns, Demarest remains a community whose residents still prefer its quiet treed streets and varied terrain to the flat monotony of the city. The conveniences of twentieth century technology, the beauty of the Duck Pond, and the many acres of forest and open recreation land combine to give Demarest its special character. Buildings such as the railroad and fire station, and a number of beautifully restored homes recall Demarest’s past. Demarest is a beautiful community with over 1800 homes. The quiet community, the many parks, and the few businesses provide locals with the essentials of daily life. The Demarest Railroad Station, designed by J. Cleveland Cady, architect for the Metropolitan Opera House and the Museum of Natural History, was built in 1874 of stone quarried from the slopes of the Palisades. It stands today as a monument to the achievement of the Demarest family. For over 200 years Demarest residents have striven to preserve and protect its beauty. It is truly a wonderful place to live.
The Demarest School Community enjoys a wonderful well-deserved reputation in Bergen County and Northern Valley for providing outstanding education for all children. Demarest schools are top notch. The Demarest School District serves nearly 700 students from kindergarten through 8th grade Students attend one of three schools, located on different campuses. County Road School is home for our primary students in grades kindergarten through grade one. Luther Lee Emerson School serves students in grades two through four and Demarest Middle School is home for children in grades five through eight, and Northern Valley Regional High School. The school district’s features includes a full day kindergarten, an outdoor science center, a middle school interscholastic program, state of the art technology, high academic standards, small class size, and strong support staff.
Demarest is served by Rockland Coaches routes 14, 20/20T and 84 with a stop by the Duck Pond on County Route 505 which provides service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and the Palisades Center in West Nyack, New York, and a common shopping destination for many residents.
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