PROPERTY IN CLIFTON, N. J.,
L. F. SPENCER, 55 Leonard St.,
(See Inside Back Covek.)
ILLUSTRATIONS FROM PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEWS,
^ L. K. SF^KNCER
MAR 30 1885
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NEW YORK AND CLIFTON, INCLUDING FERRY.
Yearly Tariff, â– â€¢ â– $(>3 oo
Half Yearly " . . . . 38 oo
Quarterly " . . . 21 50
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MAIL ARRIVES AT CLIFTON 8.20 A.M. AND75.26 P.M.
MAIL CLOSES, 8.10 A. M. AND 5.20 P. M.
HE inquiry often comes from persons living in
crowded quarters of New York, and paying ex-
cessive rents : "Where can I find a quiet, health-
ful place, convenient to my business, where I can
economize without suffering in mind, and escape the
everlasting squeeze of :in over crowded city ? "
COTTAGES NEAR CLIl'ToX DEPOT
Some of them live in Harlem and speak impatiently
of comfortless trips on the elevated roads, where a man
must often stand for miles before his nervous w^atching
rewards him with a seat. Others, too weary to climb
the long stairways, struggle for standing room in the
dragging horse cars, and reach home more tired than if
they had walked.
Such is life in New York for those whose fortunes will
not admit of central elegance, and whose self-respect
will not endure the tenement house, nor the dismal, fad-
ing quarters deserted by the rich.
The design of this little book is to give reliable infor-
mation to any persons meditating a change from city to
suburban life. And by illustrations from photographic
views, to give a truthful glimpse of the character of the
place it specially commends.
The first desideratum in choosing a home should be
healthfulness of site and surroundings; then convenience
of access to business, local privileges, good neighbors,
beauty and variety of landscape, follow as important
points to consider. When to these advantages, at a
moderate price for land, can be added a good garden
soil, an abundance of pure water, coal at less cost per
gross ton than the little ton of the city, is it not worth
while to examine the claims of such a place ?
Of all the villages within twenty miles of New York,
none combine the Jabove attractions more completely
than Clifton, in Passaic County, New Jersey.
The station on the New York, Lake Erie and Western
road is about twelve miles from Pavonia Ferry, or
measured by time, is forty-five minutes from Chambers
Street, New York. Twenty-eight passenger trains on
the Erie road stop daily at Clifton. There are also
stations on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western and
the Newark and Paterson roads, giving ample facilities
for reaching all the neighboring cities from either side
of the town.
The general healthfulness of this locality is unques-
tioned. The ground is gently undulating, thus afford-
ing natural surface drainage. The sub-soil is gravel,
underlying which is fine sand ; consequently there are
no stagnant pools concealed in rock cavities, which can-
not dry out. Therein the soil of Clifton differs from the
rocky ridge of Bergen Heights, the northern part of
New York Island and much of Westchester county.
Chas. F. Wingate, in an article recently published in
the New York Tribune, on the over-crowded condition
of New York and the remedy for it, says: ''There is
room for a million people in the environs of New York,
could the bane of malaria be removed. What more in-
viting places of residence than Staten Island or Bay
Ridge, or Fort Hamilton, fronting on our noble harbor,
if they could be made healthful? If the syndicate of
capitalists, who contemplate buying Cuba, would invest
a few millions in removing malaria from these sections
they would find a bonanza in the speculation. Staten
Island is notorious for its chills and fever, and the in-
convenience and cost of travel have proved permanent
obstacles to the growth of that beautiful neighborhood.
The official death rate of Hudson county, including Ho-
boken, Jersey City, Bayonne, Jersey City Heights and
Weehawken, proves beyond any theories what is the
sanitary condition of that region. Westchester county
is too distant and the expense of travel too great."
Mr. Wingate, in casting about for the best means of
relieving New York, quotes from another eminent
author, formerly a resident of that city, as follows :
" The grand fundamental final remedy is to lessen the
pressure on Manhattan Island, by making Staten Island,
Westchester county and Long Island fit for human hab-
itation by killing the fever and ague. Effectual drain-
age on a grand scale will do this. Staten Island, for
example, would speedily be filled with people."
This is all very well for some future generation,
when Mr. W.'s faith and the needed millions are under
the same control ; but while the fair fields and gently
rising slopes of healthful ground beyond the salt mead-
ows of New Jersey can be bought at prices within the
reach of all who are in earnest to secure homes of their
own, those who are living in the present will not wait
for the slow process of redemption urged by Mr. Win-
Lying between the two thriving cities of Paterson
RESIDENCE OF N. VAN HOVEN.
and Passaic, which are rapidly growing towards each
other, it is a question only of time when Clifton will be
the centre of a great city. Now is the time to secure
homes there, at prices within the reach of persons of
very moderate means. It is not a bare and treeless
waste, like many of the crude, uncanny places started
by non-resident speculators ; but is already beautified
by many substantial homes, in which the owners have
resided many years. Lawns, trees and vines are well
established and improving year by year. The streets
have been scientifically graded and maps filed ; and
what land there is for sale now, is held by parties whose
private interests are large enough to secure the town
against nuisances of any kind, and insure a solid,
The Clifton Grove Hotel is conveniently reached from
the station by a stone walk. The Grove itself, near by,
is unsurpassed by any in the state. A cool and charm-
ing retreat, much prized by summer boarders of the
The " Union Chapel " affords a commodious and taste-
ful gathering place for the citizens on many occasions
beside the regular Sunday services.
A modern school-house, centrally located, is well
attended, and efficiently managed.
A brawling brook, that never fails in any drought,
and from which many a trout is hooked, supplies the
power to several mills upon the outskirts of the place,
and, with dams and falls, makes romance as it goes.
The owner of one mansion, Mr. Geo. V. De Mott, has,
at great expense, diverted a portion of this stream from
its natural bed, thus forming (as shown on the front
cover of this book) a large fish pond in his lawn, as well
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as amply supplying his house with excellent water by
means of a ram, and then letting the brook go again
-" to join the brimming river," the river being the beau-
tiful Passaic, which flows within half a mile of the Clifton
depot. Quite near is the famous Dundee dam, which
broadens the river into a pretentious lake, three miles
in length and makes it a favorite resort for aquatic
A strikin"g feature of Clifton scenery is the dark back-
ground formed by " First Mountain," which, beginning
at Garrett Rock, near Paterson, extends for miles to
the southwest until it dwindles to the less precipitous
hills of Montclair.
The houses of Clifton, as will be seen by the accom-
panying illustrations, are not of the most sumptuous and
expensive character, but are generally full of comforts,
many of them having water and drainage facilities equal
to any in the city. It is a quiet, orderly, happy commu-
nity, where children can enjoy freedom with safety and
parents can spend their days in peace.
The Clifton Land and Building Association have for
sale some of the most eligible property in the place, and
are now prepared to offer it on fully as liberal terms as
any that are advertised by other land companies.
Purchasers of lots who may desire to build dwellings,
but lack sufficient means to do so at once, will be assisted
on a most generous scale. Payments may be made in
monthly installments, and any amounts paid in excess of
interest on advances will be credited on the principal.
Appointments will be made with persons desiring to visit
Clifton for the purpose of inspecting property with a view
to purchase. Those applying earliest will have the first
choice of sites.
For particular information concerning property in
L. F. SPENCER,
55 Leonard Street,
Mr. Spencer is agent for the Clifton Land and Build-
ing Association and also for other parties who have some
very desirable property for sale.
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