Located in the Northern Highlands region of Bergen County, Saddle River has the second highest per-capita income in the state and ranks as the 28th highest income places with at least 1,000 households in the United States. Set amidst rolling hills carved out by the Saddle River, this New York City suburb has long been a sought after location for wealthy celebrities and to this day, it still maintains its reputation as being one of the most affluent communities in the Tri-State Area.
Encompassing five square miles, Saddle River has several housing communities, none of which are gated. And while several of the town’s mansions and estates are set back from the road and/or are protected by tall hedges and tree canopies, most are visible while driving past. So if you’re bored one day and want to see where the stars make their home, consider this your Saddle River Map of the Stars:
Ja Rule, Lookout Drive
Located in the Chestnut Ridge estate area of Saddle River, Ja Rule lives in a rustic-looking mansion on the side of a steep hill. If you’re traveling north on Chestnut Ridge Road, you’ll want to turn right onto Normandy Drive (the first right after Twin Brooks Drive) and at the end, turn left onto Lookout Drive. Ja Rule’s house will be directly on the right. It has brown-shingled siding and a three car garage facing the road.
Jason Kidd, Burning Hollow Road
Jason Kidd’s house is located in the Burning Hollow section of Saddle River, an estate area situated between Route 17 and the Allendale border. If you’re traveling on East Allendale Road heading west towards Allendale, once you go under the Route 17 overpass, you’ll turn left at the next light onto West Gate Road. Before the cul-de-sac, you’re going to turn right onto Burning Hollow Road, and Jason Kidd’s house will be the third on the right. Set behind a private entry gate, the house has a stone a stucco facade with a brownish gray roof.
Mary J. Blige, East Saddle River Road
Mary J. Blige owns a new mansion on East Saddle River Road that backs up to the Saddle River. If you’re driving north on East Saddle River Road, her house is third on the left past Plymouth Lane. It’s a yellow stucco Normandy-style estate set behind a thick row of evergreens.
Rev Run, Wildwood Road
Anyone who watches Run’s House on MTV knows that he lives in a large home in Saddle River. Located in the older section of the High Woods estates section, his house is a peach stucco Georgian colonial with white columns. To get there, you’ll want to be traveling north on West Saddle River Road. The main entrance to High Woods is on Eckert Farm Road, the first left after the convoluted East Allendale Road intersection (look for the hedges on the corners that have the words “High Woods” carved into them). Follow Eckert Farm Road to the end, where it curves around to the right and becomes North Wildwood Road. Make your first right onto Wildwood Road, and Rev Run’s house will be the second on the right. It’s very visible from the road, so if you watch the show, you can’t miss it!
Russell Simmons, Fox Hedge Road
Before his divorce to Kimora Lee Simmons, Russell Simmons lived in a 10 bedroom mansion in the Fox Hedge section of Saddle River with Kimora and his two daughters, less than two minutes away from his brother’s home in High Woods. Currently, the 35,000 square foot estate is on the market for $20 million. To get there, you’ll want to take East Allendale Road heading east towards Woodcliff Lake. After passing East Saddle River Road on the left, Fox Hedge Road will be about one mile up the road on the left (you’ll want to make the second left onto Fox Hedge Road, not the first). The former Simmons’ estate is the third on the right on the bend. It is marked by two gated entrances with the letter “S” in the center of each. Behind the gates is a sprawling white estate with several turrets facing out towards the road.
Wyclef Jean, Cameron Road
Wyclef Jean also lives in Burning Hollow and is an around-the-corner neighbor to Jason Kidd. If you’re on Burning Hollow Road and you pass Jason Kidd’s house, you’ll want to make the next right onto Cameron Road. Wyclef’s house will be the third on the left. It’s the white contemporary with several peaked roofs.
If you’re ever on the east side of the county, check out the Alpine Map of the Stars for more celebrity estates.