Because of its proximity to New York City and its prime real estate, Bergen County is home to many celebrities. It’s not like L.A., where someone famous lives on just about every corner of every street, but we do have our fair share that live in some pretty spectacular homes.
Alpine has some of the wealthiest real estate in the country, with a 2007 median home sale price of $3.4 million! So naturally celebrities are going to live in this mansion-laden town, located a mere nine miles from Manhattan. Here are the big stars that have made Alpine their home:
Chris Rock, Margo Way
Chris Rock lives in Timberline Estates, which is located off of 9W, about one mile north of Closter Dock Road. Timberline Drive is the only way in and out of Timberline Estates, and if you follow it down the hill and turn right onto Margo Way, Chris Rock’s house will be the second on the left. It has a pink-hued exterior with several peaked roof lines and two turrets.
Lil’ Kim, Timberline Drive
Lil’ Kim also lives in Timberline Estates, but her house is much easier to get to. She’s the first house on the right once you turn onto Timberline Drive from 9W. It’s the white ultra modern home with lots of windows.
P. Diddy, Anderson Avenue
P. Diddy’s house is located on Anderson Avenue, right on the border of Closter and Alpine. His house is on the Alpine side…the side that ascends the hill. So don’t be confused by the smaller (yet still expensive) homes across the street. When you’re on Anderson Avenue heading north, P. Diddy’s house is located on the right directly after Buckingham Drive. It’s a sprawling brick mansion that’s sort of difficult to see due to it’s location on the hillside, but you can’t miss the flagpole.
Stevie Wonder, Anderson Avenue
Stevie Wonder also lives on Anderson Avenue between Old Sawmill Road and Cambridge Way. If you’re on Anderson Avenue heading north and you pass Old Sawmill Road, you’ll notice a big peach-colored brick mansion on the right, and Stevie Wonder’s house is located directly next door. It’s an older brown contemporary home that’s set back from the road and sheltered by tree canopies, but you can still see it when you pass by.
Wesley Snipes, Stone Tower Drive
Wesley Snipes lives in Rio Vista, Alpine’s premier housing community. The community itself is not gated, but most of the homes are protected by private security gates. If you’re on 9W heading north, turn left onto The Esplanade (look for the blinking light). As you drive down The Esplanade, you’ll notice a tall and mysterious edifice in front of you; this is Devil’s Tower, well known by the Weird New Jersey community. Continue around the tower and when the road Ts, turn left onto Stone Tower Drive. Wesley Snipes’ house will be directly on the right. It’s an ultra-modern white mansion that looks very bare, due to its lack of landscaping.
Check out the Saddle River Map of the Stars for even more celebrity homes.