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Fort Lee apartments are ideally situated for families and young professionals who want a pretty, leafy, suburban lifestyle that's also about as close as you can get to the energy and excitement (and employment) of Manhattan without actually living there. Fort Lee is politically a borough, rather than a city or town, of Bergen County, New Jersey. This neighborhood is located in Northern New Jersey, directly across from upper Manhattan, perched atop the beautiful cliffs of The Palisades, right there on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. Fort Lee apartments stand with a two-and-a-half square-mile piece of land that's bordered to the north by the town of Englewood Cliffs, to the east by the Hudson River (and, across the water, Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan), to the south by Edgewater, and to the west by Leonia and Palisades Park. There are variety of sizes of Fort Lee apartments within several types of buildings, from single- and multi-family houses, to both pre-war brick and newly-constructed contemporary mid-rise residential buildings, to garden apartment complexes, all at prices that are considerably lower (and with a lot more space) than you'll find in nearby Manhattan. Fort Lee residents who commute into New York City have a variety of options, including public transportation via the New Jersey Transit bus right over the George Washington Bridge, and then a transfer to any number of subway lines; or the New Jersey Transit bus to Port Authority in Midtown; or, of course, driving to work across the GWB and then down the West Side Highway. Families with young children living in the neigborhood usually take advantage of the borough's good to top-notch public schools, including a recent winner of the prestigious Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence, a national honor given by United States Department of Education, though there are private school options as well. Fort Lee's aptly named Main Street is the borough's primary commercial strip, with the usual mix of big-box stores, national chains, locally-owned businesses and restaurants. This New Jersey community has somewhat of an unexpected history as well, as the one-time movie industry capital of America, with a dozen of the largest studios--and their attendant businesses like film labs and set builders and such--setting up shop in the area in the 1920s and into the 1920s, before the lure of California's climate proved to be irresistible, and Hollywood was born.

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