About 15 miles (24 kilometers) northwest of Midtown Manhattan lays the enclave of Alpine, N.J. With a median home price of $3.8 million, the borough continues to draw the wealthy, looking for a wooded respite from the hustle and bustle of New York City [source: Forbes]. Its population hovers just above 2,000 and has a mayor and six council members running the government, but not much else. Like small, rural communities across the U.S., the fire department is volunteer-based [source: City of Alpine]. There's not even a downtown.
None of this has stopped the rich and famous from making Alpine the most expensive NYC bedroom community. Of late, it has drawn a number of popular musicians, including Sean Combs, Britney Spears, the Jonas Brothers, Jay-Z and more. If that seems funny, just wait -- comedians Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo have called Alpine home since the '80s.