HOBOKEN RENTER ELEVATES TO LUXURY, AMENITY-FILLED LIFESTYLE AT 7 SEVENTY HOUSE ON EMERGING WEST SIDE

One of the first steps in the launch of Sabrina Browne’s professional
career was to find the perfect community to call home after she completed her studies. Like many young-singles before her, a great access to the work and entertainment centers in Manhattan and the vibrant, welcoming scene of the Hudson County, N.J. City of Hoboken made it the ideal place to begin her path.

Ms. Browne established her connection to this mile-square city in 2016 after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a master’s degree from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.  She first shared an apartment with a roommate at 4th and Jackson on Hoboken’s west side.  As she ascended and grew in her professional and personal life, Ms. Browne began to search for upgraded rental options that would better suit her advancing lifestyle needs.

“While my previous building had a welcoming community, I desired more amenities to work, learn and play,” she says.

Once the calendar turned to 2020, Ms. Browne dedicated herself to finding a new apartment, relying on previous experiences that dictated January to March as prime months for new rental listings in Hudson County.  She initially cast a wide net, considering studio and one-bedroom apartment homes at Cast Iron Lofts on the Jersey City/Hoboken border, as well as apartments in Hoboken on Jefferson Street, Monroe Street and along the Hudson River waterfront.

“It was important for me to find a place where I could maximize my budget in terms of size, space, amenities and community,” Ms. Browne points out. “The last one is so important to me, as I love to feel welcome when I walk through the door every day.”

The communal environment she sought was front and center at 7 Seventy House, an upscale new rental building developed by Bijou Properties and partner Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation on Hoboken’s fastest emerging western edge.  The collection of 424 luxury homes checked all the boxes for Ms. Browne, starting with its close-knit, welcoming community and extending to its socially-infused atmosphere and designer homes.

“7 Seventy House attracted me in so many ways, including its exterior and interior design,” she says.  “The building seamlessly blends modern design with eco-chic and that is so fabulous to me. When I walked through 7 Seventy House and saw the studio and one-bedroom floor plans, I immediately fell in love with the high ceilings.”

The resort-inspired amenities so important to Ms. Browne are in abundance at 7 Seventy House, which boasts world-class amenities and service.  It’s one of the most comprehensive packages in Hoboken and includes a penthouse pool and roof deck with lounge seating, expansive amenity deck with BBQ stations, multiple outdoor gardens, bocce ball court, state-of-the-art multi-level gym, play room, game room, indoor bike storage, on-site dog park, dog grooming room, alcove with co-working lounge and coffee station and a conference room with access to an outdoor lounge with a fire pit.  The amenity spaces are strategically located on multiple floors with views including the Manhattan skyline.

Beyond the private amenities, 7 Seventy House offers services that include a 24-hour attended lobby and Hello Alfred concierge service.

“Having access to numerous, five-star amenities, all in one building, is a dream come true,” she says. “Topping the list is the rooftop and pool, the two-story gym and laundry services.  Of course, there’s also multiple gardens. bike racks, workstations, rooftop, lounges, gardens and so much more. I love it all!  Previously, when I needed a change of scenery or a quiet place to work, I would go to Starbucks or the waterfront. Now I have endless options from 7 Seventy House’s outdoor spaces. At home, I have loved the virtual fitness classes offered through Hello Alfred and 24/7concierge service.”

When not enjoying all the recreational and social pursuits at 7 Seventy House, Ms. Browne will relax in her stylish one-bedroom apartment and its soaring ceilings and magnificent views.

“When I toured 7 Seventy House, my eyes lit up when I saw the layout of my exact apartment and its view was everything,” she comments.  “As noted, the high ceiling is amazing since few apartments in Hoboken have them. The view is so nice and brings in tons of natural light. Third, the bathroom is perfect because I can shower or soak in the bath after a long workday, plus it’s incredibly spacious for all my beauty products. Lastly, my closet or ‘fashion closet,’ as I love to say because it holds all my clothes, shoes and purses incredibly well. The closet is spacious, fabulous and fun.”

7 Seventy House is steps from the 9th Street Light Rail Station and backs up to the famed Jersey City cliffs on Hoboken’s west side, providing it one of the city’s most unique locations in terms of ambiance and commutability, other favorable characteristics Ms. Browne has trumped since her move.

“7 Seventy House is a fabulous location for those seeking an elevated, luxury experience in Hoboken,” she said. “The property invites you into a new world in the Mile Square where you are able to access a pool, rooftop, gardens and panoramic views of New York City. You also feel incredibly safe in this building with the 24/7 concierge and high-tech security system.  The building’s proximity to-and-from the PATH Station and its free shuttle service was also critical and allowed me to maintain a seamless commute into Manhattan.”

The Marketing Directors is the exclusive marketing and leasing agent for the collection of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences at 7 Seventy House.  Its luxury homes boast open floor plans with red oak engineered wood floors and expansive windows that bathe the homes in natural light.  Kitchens feature Quartz countertops, white ceramic tile backsplashes, custom cabinetry, and a premium GE stainless-steel appliance package, with in-residence Bosch washer and dryers.  Luxury baths are outfitted with grey mineral stone tile and Moen & Kohler fixtures.

Monthly rents start in the $2,600s, with limited-time incentives that include six weeks free on a 13-month lease.

Designed by Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects (MHS Architects), the 14-story 7 Seventy House that blends an upscale living experience with the convenience of quick access throughout New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast,” including Hoboken’s PATH, New Jersey Transit and Ferry terminals with service to Manhattan.  Closer to home, there’s a wide range of services and cultural attractions available in the Monroe Center, the premier arts and business community in Hoboken, which boasts artist studios, children’s activities, fitness facilities, eateries and much more.

Please visit the building’s website at www.7SeventyHouse.com or call 201-795-0770 to schedule a tour.

 

Colors of Autism NJ to Host Autism Acceptance Fundraiser in Jersey City

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Colors of Autism NJ will host an Autism Acceptance Special Event on Thursday, August 6, 2020. The event will feature food, drinks and music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $75 a person.

The $75 per person cover charge will also include one raffle ticket per person for the chance to win the following prizes:

  • $100 Gift Card to a Local Restaurant
  • Apple iPad
  • Crossbody Michael Kors Bag
  • Gucci Wallet for Women
  • Gucci Wallet for Men

The event will be held at The Ashford, located at 145 Newark Avenue in Jersey City. The restaurant is known for bringing New York City speakeasy vibes to downtown Jersey City. Here you’ll find a New American menu with dish­es range from shared plates and small bites that are ideal for the whole family to full entrees that you won’t want to share, as well as innovative cocktails and a multitude of beers on draft.

Tickets can be purchased at Smile Pre-School and Nursery located at 194 Newark Ave, or online here.

FIRST MOVE-INS UNDERWAY AT BELA IN JERSEY CITY’S BERGEN-LAFAYETTE

In-Person Tours Now Available by Appointment

The first residents have begun moving into BeLa, a new luxury rental building located in Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood.  The exciting milestone follows the successful launch of leasing at BeLa through 3D virtual tours which are now complemented by in-person presentations by appointment only.

Located at 74 Maple Street, BeLa is quickly drawing renters from both sides of the Hudson River with a modern residential option situated in an historic and culturally-rich neighborhood that borders Liberty State Park’s more than 1,200 acres of open space.

“We’re excited to welcome our first residents to BeLa,” said Carole Bloom, executive vice president of leasing for Halstead NJ Development Marketing, LLC, which was tapped by Golden Glades Capital Management as the building’s exclusive leasing and marketing agent. “The boutique, eight story building features just 99 residences with stylish living spaces and smartly-designed amenities that complement its charming and commuter-friendly neighborhood.  We’re also appealing to renters who are now placing more value on being the first ones to live in an apartment, as well as reside in an area with less density and more open space.  BeLa offers just that.”

HOMES

The new collection of residences is currently priced from $1,996 for one bedrooms, and $2,560 for two bedrooms. Halstead is offering an attractive promotion of up to three free months in incentives for tenants who sign leases quickly.   BeLa. residents will be the first to enjoy exquisitely-designed residences featuring keyless entry systems, stylish bathrooms with walk-in showers or soaking tubs, in-home washers and dryers, and chef-inspired kitchens with islands, custom cabinetry and stainless-steel Whirlpool appliances.  An added benefit, many of the apartments feature flexible layouts with room for a den or spacious home office

SETTING

With a WalkScore of 88, BeLa’s Bergen-Lafayette location puts residents right in the middle of a thriving community.  The newly constructed building is situated just blocks from Communipaw Avenue, the area’s business corridor that offers hip and authentic bars, eateries, shops and everyday conveniences, including The Grind Shop specialty coffee shop, Pacific Pizza, Harry’s Daughter Gastro Pub, and the 902 Brewing Company which is producing its flagship beers like Heaven, Hell or Hoboken IPA, Pale Ale True Hoboken (dubbed P.A.T.H.) and more.

Downtown Jersey City, Hoboken, and Manhattan are easily reached via the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Liberty Park Station which is just steps from BeLa.  Four light rail stops away is the Exchange Place PATH Station, which is one stop from the World Trade Center transit hub. A quick ten-minute ride connects commuters to New York Waterway’s Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal with service to Brookfield Place, Pier 11/Wall Street and 39th Street/Hudson Yards. Nearby Route 78 provides a pathway to the Holland Tunnel, as well as points west.

For outdoor recreation, the adjacent Liberty State Park offers a green oasis in the middle of the metropolis, with more 1,200 acres of open space, a two-mile waterfront promenade, an outdoor performance area, and spectacular restaurants with sweeping views of the Hudson River, Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. The park also offers a full-service marina, ferry service to Manhattan, charter boat excursions and maritime sightseeing tours.  Also anchoring the neighborhood is the Liberty Science Center with its ever-evolving interactive museum experience and the largest and most technologically-advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere.  Work is underway to extend Jersey Avenue which will better connect downtown Jersey City with Liberty State Park and Bergen-Layfette.

AMENITIES

Right at home, BeLa’s lifestyle amenities include an attended lobby, resident lounge and clubroom, state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, and a rooftop terrace with a lounge, BBQ grilling station and Manhattan skyline views. The building also features a fully furnished guest suite, bike storage, package concierge, onsite indoor parking and a street-level café.

For more information on BeLa and to schedule a virtual or in-person tour of the building’s model homes and amenity spaces, please call (201) 332-2000, or visit www.belaliving.com.

About Golden Glades Capital Management

Golden Glades Capital Management is a private investment firm specializing in private equity, real estate, and credit opportunities.  The firm was founded in 2019 to pursue attractive investment strategies for its founding principals’ personal capital.  The firm accepts limited partnership commitments from select investors who share the objective of achieving attractive risk-adjusted returns while making a positive impact on underserved communities across the US.

About Halstead Property Development Marketing

Halstead Development Marketing (HDM) is a leading leasing and marketing firm dedicated to the craft of new development. HDM partners with celebrated developers, landlords, architects, and designers to create superior rental living experiences for the next generation. Having leased thousands of units, the team brings considerable experience, skill and dedication to carving out truly unique properties that benefit future-facing residents maximizing investors’ returns. HDM collaborates at every stage of the process, from site analysis, pre-development planning, marketing and asset repositioning to lease up and stabilized leasing.  We craft substance through the team’s ardent attention to the development process. All properties receive additional exposure through the unmatched domestic and international Halstead Property network.

COUPLE FORCED TO CANCEL WEDDING DUE TO COVID-19 EXCHANGE VOWS AT NEW HOME AT CENTURION UNION

Emotional Ceremony Live Streamed Across the Globe to Family and Friends

UNION, NJ, JUNE 22 — They always knew they would live at CENTURION UNION,
they never thought they would get married there too.

After eight years of dating, Gene Martinez proposed to Judy Los Banos and the couple spent the next two years planning their dream wedding.  With the June 13, 2020 date quickly approaching, they had everything in place, from a 256-person guest list to a booked reception hall, bridesmaids’ dresses to a honeymoon in Aruba.  They also had a new apartment lined up after leasing a home at CENTURION UNION, a new luxury rental building in Union, NJ which they watched being built for two years, knowing all along it would be their first home together.

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Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and the couple nervously watched as restrictions were put into place and extended over time. Waiting as long as they could, Judy and Gene finally made the very difficult decision to postpone their wedding.

“We put so much time and effort into the planning over the past two years, and we were so excited to be just a couple of months away,” said Gene. “Then came the pandemic and everything changed. We had no choice but to cancel. The bridal shower, the bachelor party, the ceremony, reception and honeymoon; everything was off.”

Distraught over the turn of events, made even sadder by the fact that Judy and Gene were waiting to be married before living together, the couple decided to move forward with their June 13 th date, albeit in a much more intimate fashion.

“We just couldn’t wait to be married,” said Judy, who had been living alone in their new apartment since May. “We obtained a marriage license and arranged to have our pastor come to our home to marry us. We then asked management if it were possible to have the ceremony in one of the building’s amenity spaces so we could invite a few family members and friends to celebrate with us.”

After hearing about their ordeal, American Landmark Development, the developer of CENTURION UNION, offered up the 5 th -floor Resident Lounge for the ceremony, complete with decorations and a bottle of celebratory champagne in the refrigerator. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, ten guests, including Gene’s parents and cousin who served as Best Man and Judy’s brother, sister-in-law, and Matron of Honor, watched as the couple tearfully exchanged wedding vows. The ceremony was also streamed via Facebook Live to their 256 guests, including Judy’s mother in the Philippines who was unable to secure a flight back to the United States and got up at 2:30 am with other family members to watch, as well as other family and friends in Asia, Europe, Canada, California, Arizona, Texas, Delaware, New York and New Jersey.

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Following the ceremony, the newlyweds went back to their new apartment where Emily’s Portuguese Bakery, a neighborhood staple, provided complimentary pastries
for the couple and their guests to enjoy.

“It may not have been our dream wedding, and I never thought walking down the aisle would mean walking from my apartment to the elevator, but it was perfect and we’re so grateful that our family and friends around the world were still able to share it with us,” said Judy.

The bride and groom were then greeted with their first wedding present, a reservation at WAVE Resort, a new oceanfront resort in Long Branch, NJ, courtesy of CENTURION UNION’S developer, American Landmark Development.

“This is just such a wonderful place to start our lives together,” said Judy. “We feel
very blessed.”

Hudson County Dry Cleaner Opens 2nd Location at Hoboken Luxury Rental Building

Prime Time Cleaners, a locally owned dry cleaner, has opened the doors to its second Hudson County location at 7 Seventy House, the upscale new 424-home rental building in Hoboken, NJ.

Called Prime Time Cleaners-2, the store will occupy 875 square feet of space at the 14-story building and offer traditional dry clean services, as well as wash and press shirt, alterations and tailor service, wedding gown preservation and more.  The addition of Prime-Time Cleaners-2 will deliver yet another lifestyle amenity to Hoboken’s budding west side, which has fast become of one the most sought-after live/work/play centers in this mile-square city.

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Prime Time Cleaners-2 has opened at 770 Jackson Street in Hoboken, NJ.   The initial outpost of the dry cleaner– Prime Time Cleaners — is located in Jersey City

The Hoboken storefront is the newest installment of Prime-Time Cleaners, joining its flagship location at 723 Secaucus Road in Jersey City, according to owner Max Aliiev.  Dry cleaning will be handled in house at the Jersey City location to provide customers the highest quality and quickest service.

‘We’re very excited to open in Hoboken’s west end,” Mr. Aliiev said.  “7 Seventy House will provide direct access to a large customer base within the building itself.  We are also ideally located to provide service to the surrounding neighborhood, which has become a bustling residential community.  It was the perfect opportunity to expand our business.”

In all, 7 Seventy House features 24,000 square-feet of ground floor retail space which will include services and retailers to infuse new energy into the west end community, according to developer Bijou Properties and partner Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation.

“The opening of Prime-Time Cleaners-2 is notable on multiple fronts,” added Larry Bijou, managing partner of Hoboken-based Bijou Properties.  “First and foremost, it delivers a needed service to all the residents of this new lifestyle center.  It is also a sign of the resiliency of the Hoboken business community.  At a time when many small business owners are facing challenges, a retailer opening a new location is an occasion to be celebrated.”

“We’re incredibly happy to welcome Prime Time Cleaners-2 to 7 Seventy House,” commented Peter Palandjian, Chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation.   “This building was designed to not only introduce an exciting residential address to the neighborhood, but also create a vibrant community environment by adding vital shops, services and public amenities. The addition of Prime-Time Cleaners-2 will bolster the lively environment that’s quickly taking shape on Hoboken’s western end.”

Well over 50% of the homes at 7 Seventy House are now occupied, and more than 70% of its studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments have been leased, according to The Marketing Directors, the building’s exclusive marketing and leasing agent.    Monthly rents start in the $2,600s, with limited-time incentives that include six weeks free on a 13-month lease.

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7 Seventy House features 424-luxury rentals on Hoboken’s west side.

Residences at 7 Seventy House feature open floor plans with red oak engineered wood floors and expansive windows that bathe the homes in natural light. Kitchens boast Quartz countertops, white ceramic tile backsplashes, custom cabinetry, and a premium GE stainless-steel appliance package, with in residence Bosch washer and dryers. Luxury baths are outfitted with grey mineral stone tile and Kohler fixtures.

7 Seventy House boasts a comprehensive 90,000 square-foot resort-style amenity package that includes its residents-only outdoor spaces.  There’s also a penthouse pool  with lounge seating, expansive amenity deck with BBQ stations, bocce ball court, state-of-the-art multi-level gym, play room, game room, indoor bike storage, on-site dog park, dog grooming room, alcove with coworking lounge and coffee station and a conference room with access to an outdoor lounge with a fire pit.  Many of the amenity spaces boast views of the Manhattan skyline.

Beyond the private amenities, 7 Seventy House will offer services that include a 24-hour attended lobby, Hello Alfred concierge service and covered parking.

The landmark Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects (MHS Architects)-designed building features a 14-story high rise tower with multiple terraced setbacks, a glass and brick exterior and a distinctive columned entryway.

7 Seventy House was developed in conjunction with a two-acre public resiliency park right outside the building.   The 7th and Jackson park features a public plaza with step seating and tilted lawn panel,  large plaza to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets, a children’s playground, a one-acre green space designed for active and passive recreation uses and a state-of-the-art 6,835 square-foot community gymnasium.

7 Seventy House has launched a virtual tour program to remotely accommodate prospective residents.  To schedule a digital presentation, please visit the building’s website at www.7SeventyHouse.com or call 201-795-0770.

About Bijou Properties

Founded in 1999 in Hoboken, N.J., Bijou Properties is an award-winning owner, operator, and developer of the highest quality green development along the Hudson waterfront. A recognized leader in sustainable development, Bijou Properties created New Jersey’s first LEED gold residential high-rise, first LEED platinum mid-rise, and first Passive House multi-family building. A developer that prides itself on building livable neighborhoods, projects have included new parks and pedestrian plazas, a public gymnasium, charter school, non-profit theater space, and unique commercial tenants including a rock-climbing gym, independent bookstore and culinary studio.

About Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation

Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation is an SEC Registered Investment Adviser with decades long experience in real estate investment, finance, development, construction management and asset management. Since 1959, Intercontinental and its affiliates have managed, developed, or owned collectively over $14 billion in real estate property. Today, Intercontinental manages a real estate portfolio of approximately $10 billion for its clients. The Intercontinental portfolio is diversified both by robust property mix and by geography. Fund strategies actively seek opportunities to invest in both Core and Core-Plus properties, as well as in Value-Add operating properties and development projects.

About The Marketing Directors

With over 35 years of experience, The Marketing Directors is the preeminent development advisory that works exclusively on behalf of residential owners and builders to develop, market, and lease residential homes. The Marketing Directors are industry leaders, respected partners, and market innovators.

 

 

 

Jersey’s Best Highlights Hoboken Hot Spots, Just a Stone’s Throw Away from Jersey City

Jersey’s Best recently published an article titled, “24 Hours in Hoboken: A hive of activity awaits you any time of year within the Mile Square City,” covering everything available to you in Hoboken, which is an ideal guide for Jersey City residents looking to expand their activities list!

To start, Jersey’s Best highlights the fascination Hoboken has with Frank Sinatra, as you can walk in his legendary footsteps through the Hoboken Historical Museum’s Frank Sinatra Walking Tour map. While you can pick up the tour at any point, they recommend starting at the iconic 415 Monroe St. It is also recommended that visitors double check online to see if any COVID-19 restrictions will halt their tour. The last stop on the tour is the Frank Sinatra Memorial Park, which was dedicated in his memory and overlooks the Hudson River with stunning views of Manhattan.

Moving onto the waterfront of Hoboken, these are some of the most anticipated spots to stop at according to Jersey’s Best:

Pier 13 

A short hop from the 14th Street Ferry is Pier 13, Hoboken’s seasonal open-air waterfront beer garden, which features food trucks, water sports and entertainment options ranging from live music to movie nights. Everything is outdoors, so keep weather in mind when planning a day here.

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Maxwell Place Park 

This compact green space on the Hudson River has a waterfront walkway, beach area and a small toddler playground. Unfortunately there is no swimming allowed, but fret not, if you want to hop in you just have to head next door to…

Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse 

Run by volunteers in cooperation with the City of Hoboken and offering free kayaking to the public, the boathouse is open weekends from late spring to early fall, weather permitting. Currently the season is paused due to COVID-19, but you can keep updated by following their social media @hobocobo on Instagram.

Hudson River Waterfront Walkway 

The New York City views from a bench, a bike or walking is perfect for any season. Viewfinders are spread across the walkway for visitors to get the best perspectives.

Pier C Park

This bean-shaped park on a pier jutting off the Waterfront Walkway has two playgrounds, grassy picnic and play areas, and a beach pit with bleachers what entice visitors to climb for an ultimate viewing experience.

Pier A Park

Bring a blanket, a picnic, a frisbee or ball and head to the great lawn at Pier A Park to enjoy a perfect sunny day with some friends. During summer, Pier A is the site of Movies Under the Stars, concerts as well as weekly evening fitness and yoga classes.

The Hoboken Historical Museum

The Hoboken Historical Museum is a must not only for history buffs, don’t walk past 1301 Hudson St. without taking a detour inside. 

As for the vast artistic community in Hoboken, Jersey’s Best recommends the following pit stops while hopping around Hoboken: 

Monroe Center for the Arts 

A hub for local artists and entrepreneurs, you can find talent from A to Z in all forms, including artisans of jewelry, cuisine, photography, architectural and interior design, dance, wellness and more at 720 Monroe St. 

Barsky Gallery 

You’ll want to plan ahead to visit the Barsky Gallery and check its site for public event dates and open hours to view the extensive works by contemporary artists.

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To finish off the list of hot spots in Hoboken, Jersey’s Best had to include the main  thoroughfare of Washington Street, where sidewalks leave room for folks to stroll, restaurants to offer outdoor seating and shops for everyone. Washington Street was even dubbed one of America’s Top 10 Great Streets by the American Planning Association.

Hoboken’s restaurant scene includes places that have been around forever along with those adventurous and new; from American to Italian and around the globe, every ethnic cuisine is represented. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served — find just the meal you need to keep you fueled for a day of shopping. Unique and trendy boutiques outnumber chain stores in Hoboken, and you’ll find chic, one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories at every turn. 

If that wasn’t enough, Hoboken also has plenty of bars with live music, DJs and dancing will keep you busy as long as you want. 

For more information visit Jersey’s Best.

Suburban Shift? Young Hudson County Families Rethink Housing Needs in Today’s New Version of Live/Work

D06IMG_5303fThe redefined notion of live/work in today’s new business climate has given young families in Hudson County new thoughts towards housing needs.   While the walkability, access to transportation, maintenance-free living that come with urban living still have a prominent place on the list of preferences, an abundance of space is now the primary need for a new generation of homebuyers.

This new line of thinking has resulted in a shift in interest with suburban destinations along New Jersey transit rail and bus lines rising in popularity.  Traditional migration strongholds in Morris, Essex and Bergen Counties are seeing an considerable uptick in activity.  With an increased reliance on work from home, Monmouth County, a long desired residential address occasionally considered too far from Manhattan work centers, has also seen a noticeable rise in buyer traffic from areas like Jersey City and Hoboken.

One neighborhood that’s experienced increased inquiries from Hudson County families is East Gate, an upscale residential community in storied Fort Monmouth.    The historic community has an inventory of single-family attached homes that checks all the boxes for urban dwellers transitioning to suburban living.    The two-story residences are wowing homebuyers impressed by expansive spaces indoor and out, and appreciative of the extra leisure time afforded by the neighborhood’s maintenance-free lifestyle.

Priced from $679,990, the three-bedroom homes boast uniquely wide floorplans with 2.5 baths, spacious dining/living room with fireplace, open concept kitchen, expansive master bedroom suite with lavish master bath and sitting room and den. Crown moldingeast gate can be found throughout the main living level and hardwood flooring is included on both the first and second floors.  Outside, each home has a private patio to fully enjoy the tranquil and scenic natural Fort Monmouth surroundings.

Spacious and stylish layouts that provide an abundance of room to grow are not the only attributes attracting young buyers to the single-family attached homes at East Gate.  There is also an extremely affordable cost of ownership created by today’s low interest rates, low monthly maintenance fees and property taxes that are reasonable, especially when factoring in the neighborhood is served by the award-winning Oceanport school district.   Better yet, the single-family attached residences offer Immediate Occupancy, meaning buyers who act quickly can close on a home in time for the upcoming academic year.

Commutability has also played a significant role in East Gate’s appeal to working families, according to CB New Homes of Madison, NJ, the community’s exclusive marketing and sales agent.  Easily accessible are New Jersey Transit’s Little Silver Train Station, located just two miles away, and express ferry service, both of which provide fast service to Manhattan.

“The single-family attached residences have been in high demand as of late, especially with a reliance on remote working expected to remain prevalent,” says Michael Hong, VP of Development for RPM Development Group, which has created East Gate in fully-restored century-old Officer’s Housing at the former army post in Oceanport, NJ.   “These are expansive floorplans with open interiors perfectly suited for a family, and bonus den that can also be used as an office.   Each home has private outdoor space, and quick access to shared open areas that includes a walking trail, expansive parade grounds and the East Gate Park.  For those who may be asked to visit employment centers, mass transportation is in close proximity, whisking commuters into New York City.”

Some of the available single-family attached homes are located within Officer’s Row, the final housing phase at East Gate. Aptly named after its former purpose as acclaimed residences for high ranking officers stationed on Fort Monmouth, homes in Officer’s Row are situated in some of most desirable community locations with beautiful waterviews of Parker’s Creek.  These residences are priced from the upper $700,000s.

Palermo Edwards Architecture has remodeled century-old Officer’s Housing buildings on the 1,126-acre former U.S. Army post into homes that blend early 20th century style with modern interiors.  The well-appointed floorplans offer luxury kitchens with granite or quartz countertops, stainless steel Kohler fixtures and GE appliance packages; and master-bathroom suites with double vanity countertops, Moen Eva faucets and showers with built-in benches and semi-frameless shower doors.  These contemporary floorplans are complemented by notable brick exteriors of tremendous grandeur and consequence.

Residents at East Gate enjoy being part of the Jersey Shore’s premier live/play community.  An abundance of amenities and services are nearby, including the Marina at Oceanport, parade grounds, open space and walking and biking trails around Parker’s Creek.  There’s also East Gate Park, a one-acre outdoor space featuring a monument paying homage to Fort Monmouth’s storied past, pedestrian pathways, benches, lawns, seasonal flowers and shrubbery and a modernized lightning/lantern package

Oceanport is one of Monmouth County’s most desired residential settings, combining a distinctly suburban environment with award-winning schools.  The Borough also provides an incredibly commuter-friendly location with easy access to all that makes Jersey Shore living so special.

East Gate itself is situated just minutes from popular New Jersey beaches and the banks of the Shrewsbury River, and is in proximity to the entertainment, dining and culture of Red Bank and Asbury Park. Major highways, including Routes 35, 36, 18 and the Garden State Parkway, are also nearby.

RPM Development Group has instituted revised sales procedures to assist homebuyers at East Gate during the coronavirus outbreak.    The community’s sales gallery is open by appointment and buyers can still discuss the one-of-a-kind homes at East Gate with a sales representative by calling 732-523-5566.  As always, a wealth of detailed information, including availability, homes features, and virtual model tours, are available on the community’s website at http://www.EastGateOceanport.com.

 

Bank of America contributes $1M to Liberty Science Centers’s SciTech Scity

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Liberty Science Center has announced that Bank of America will become a corporate partner in the SciTech Scity project, after committing $1 million to the effort.

SciTech Scity is a a 30-acre innovation campus that aims to develop dozens of world-changing science and technology companies, as well as revamp K-12 educational standards at Liberty Science Center.

The $280 million SciTech Scity project will feature a biotech lab, a coding lab, a technology business incubator, a K-12 STEM-focused school, as well as a village with residential housing and outdoor park space.

In addition to its monetary donation, Bank of America is also is providing SciTech Scity with its leadership expertise. Sumeet Chabria, the head of global business services at Bank of America, will join the project’s board of trustees. Bank of America joins EY and Verizon as founding corporate sponsors of SciTech Scity.

Other anchor sponsors include the city of Jersey City; Joseph and Millie Williams; LSC board co-Chair David Barry; and former U.S. Rep. Frank J. Guarini.

The first phase of SciTech Scity, on a path to open in late 2022 or 2023, includes the following new construction projects:

  • Edge Works: the economic and creative hub for SciTech Scity, offering a variety of scalable workspaces, an advanced prototyping lab, custom labs, meeting spaces, and a state-of-the-art conference center
  • Scholars Village: a mixed use residential offering permanent housing (Studio-2BR) and student housing (for local university students in STEM), each equipped with the latest in smart home technology and sustainable living.
  • Public Commons: 5-acre outdoor park with activations that encourage exploration, creativity, collaboration and innovation. An events plaza for concerts, farmers markets, art exhibitions and food-truck festivals.

Subsequent phases of SciTech Scity will include expanded incubation space, a science-focused public school and other facilities to drive STEM innovation and job creation.

For more information, visit https://www.scitechscity.com/.

DIGITAL PRESENTATION AT 7 SEVENTY HOUSE IN HOBOKEN PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE LEASING EXPERIENCE FOR RELOCATING RENTER

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In idyllic market conditions, relocating internationally can be a nerve racking experience.  Stressful decisions made from far away can include everything from having to make a housing choice sight unseen to selecting all new furniture and accessories to decorate living spaces.   A global health pandemic unquestionably amplifies these challenges.  That’s certainly been the case in the New York metro area with the circumstances created by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Fortunately, on the New Jersey Hudson River “Gold Coast,” developers of new residential properties had foresight and quickly implemented processes and procedures to ease housing searches and provide a high level of comfort to prospects relocating at this time.   For example, Hoboken, NJ was the first New Jersey municipality to issue an order to shelter in place in mid-March.  When social restrictions prohibiting physical interactions went into effect, 7 Seventy House, its largest new construction rental building, was well prepared to seamlessly continue its leasing program and provide potential renters all the tools to make important decisions.

The team behind the 424-home luxury building — developer Bijou Properties, its partner Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation and The Marketing Directors, the exclusive marketing and leasing agent for 7 Seventy House — had sprung into action weeks before.  Already in the works was an advanced one-on-one visual presentation, with tours of model homes and its world-class amenities.  Leasing agents were prepped to create informative personal Zoom prospect meetings and Facetime tours of available apartments.

These digital assets have proven to be incredibly effective and helpful to renters such as Meir Rosilio, who was relocating from Israel to Hudson County for employment in Jersey City.  Mr. Rosilio had a leg up in his home search, having visited Hoboken in December and walking the mile-square City to acquaint himself with its housing stock.

“I had the most familiarity with southeast Hoboken and that’s where I originally focused my home search,” he says.  “However, none of the properties really stood out.”

Working with a broker, Mr. Rosilio expanded his search, considering Park + Garden in the City’s uptown neighborhood and Avalon Hoboken on its west side.  The burgeoning western edge  neighborhood around Hoboken’s Monroe Center and 9th Street Light Rail would eventually become his new home when Mr. Meir discovered 7 Seventy House.  His introduction to its homes, amenities and services was completely online

“The first time I experienced 7 Seventy House was through a virtual tour,” Mr. Rosilio added.  “The digital presentations at other apartment buildings weren’t nearly as comprehensive.  Working with the leasing team, I was able to tour the actual homes I was considering.  I was pretty familiar with the layout of a one-bedroom apartment, but the video was extremely helpful in providing more insight into how much light the home had and more. It provided greater perspective to make my decision.”

The award-winning leasing team from The Marketing Directors worked remotely with Mr. Rosilio and ensured he was 100% comfortable with his decision to make 7 Seventy House home.

“When Meir contacted us we had just rolled out our virtual leasing program and he was the very first person to experience the presentation,” adds Leasing Manager Sara Madsen.  “The virtual leasing process with Meir was flawless, and extremely effective.  We created a custom presentation and a comprehensive approach that showcased the building in a way that gives a feeling similar to walking in and touring 7 Seventy House in person.  The process also helped Meir and myself to connect, engage, and interact as if we were in person. The well thought out custom presentation along with live video interactions enabled Meir to feel comfortable and excited with his decision to apply.  It was a perfect solution for not only someone who wasn’t able to walk into the building to rent during this current time, but also someone who was moving from out of the country.”

The development team behind 7 Seventy House has rolled out a new program that will donate $7.70 to one of two non-profit organizations that are working to provide Coronavirus relief in conjunction with its virtual tours.  The donation will be made on behalf of every prospect and broker that participates in a digital leasing presentation at the building.  What’s more, the building’s ownership will commit to matching every donation, making the total raised even greater.

The process is simple and will generate meaningful funds for either the Front Line Appreciation Group (FLAG) of HBKN and JC, a local grassroots organization that provides meals and more to doctors, nurses and medical professionals, or Feeding America, a national organization with a specific fund to help feed those throughout the country affected by COVID-19.  The program will run until May 31, 2020.  There is no requirement to sign a lease to generate a contribution.

For additional information or to schedule a virtual tour of 7 Seventy House, please visit the building’s website at www.7SeventyHouse.com or call 201-795-0770.

The fast-leasing 7 Seventy House features a collection of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences with open floor plans of red oak engineered wood floors and expansive windows that bathe the homes in natural light.  Kitchens feature Quartz countertops, white ceramic tile backsplashes, custom cabinetry, and a premium GE stainless-steel appliance package, with in-residence Bosch washer and dryers.  Luxury baths are outfitted with grey mineral stone tile and Moen & Kohler fixtures.

Monthly rents start in the $2,600s, with limited-time incentives that include six weeks free on a 13-month lease.  Immediate occupancy is available.

Designed by Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects (MHS Architects), the 14-story high-rise building boasts approximately 90,000 square-feet of resort-style amenities that include a penthouse pool and roof deck with lounge seating, expansive amenity deck with BBQ stations, multiple outdoor gardens, bocce ball court, state-of-the-art multi-level gym, play room, game room, indoor bike storage, on-site dog park, dog grooming room, alcove with co-working lounge and coffee station and a conference room with access to an outdoor lounge with a fire pit.  The amenity spaces are strategically located on multiple floors with views including the Manhattan skyline. Brooklyn-based interior designer Factioned, has merchandised the amenities with chic and fashionable furnishings and appointments that blend an industrial flair with a modern lifestyle environment.

Beyond the private amenities, 7 Seventy House offers services that include a 24-hour attended lobby, Hello Alfred concierge service and covered parking.   There’s also approximately 25,000 square feet of ground floor retail space that will serve residents and the Hoboken community.

Located at 770 Jackson Street, the building is just steps from Hoboken’s 9th Street Light Rail Station and blends an upscale living experience with the convenience of quick access throughout New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast,” including Hoboken’s PATH, New Jersey Transit and Ferry terminals with service to Manhattan.  Closer to home, there’s a wide range of services and cultural attractions available in the Monroe Center, the premier arts and business community in Hoboken, which boasts artist studios, children’s activities, fitness facilities, eateries and much more.

7 Seventy House is a multi-faceted mix-use project that was developed in conjunction with a two-acre resiliency park donated to the City of Hoboken by Bijou Properties and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation.  The initial installation of the park included a children’s playground, a one-acre green space designed for active and passive recreation uses, a state-of-the-art 6,835 square-foot community gymnasium and infrastructure to capture over 450,000 gallons of rainwater to reduce flooding.  A second phase includes a one-acre public plaza with step seating and tilted lawn panel, play sculpture and a large plaza to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets.   The project is part of the larger redevelopment of Hoboken‘s once-industrial western edge into a vibrant and active pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.

“7 Seventy House provides a lifestyle unlike any other Hoboken rental building,” says Larry Bijou, managing partner of Bijou Properties.  “Not only does it elevate urban living with stylish homes and a seemingly endless list of amenities, but the incorporation of public open space, plazas and park and playgrounds has created a sense of strong community that permeates throughout the building.”

7 Seventy House recently received a 2019 Excellence Award in Sustainable Development from  The Urban Land Institute-Northern New Jersey (ULI-NNJ) in recognition of the responsible development tactics and smart growth practices utilized to conceptualize and complete the upscale rental building.

About Bijou Properties

Founded in 1999 in Hoboken, N.J., Bijou Properties is an award-winning owner, operator, and developer of the highest quality green development along the Hudson waterfront. A recognized leader in sustainable development, Bijou Properties created New Jersey’s first LEED gold residential high-rise, first LEED platinum mid-rise, and first Passive House multi-family building. A developer that prides itself on building livable neighborhoods, projects have included new parks and pedestrian plazas, a public gymnasium, charter school, non-profit theater space, and unique commercial tenants including a rock-climbing gym, independent bookstore and culinary studio.

About Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation

Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation is an SEC Registered Investment Adviser with decades long experience in real estate investment, finance, development, construction management and asset management. Since 1959, Intercontinental and its affiliates have managed, developed, or owned collectively over $10 billion in real estate property. Today, Intercontinental manages a real estate portfolio of approximately $9.5 billion for its clients. The Intercontinental portfolio is diversified both by robust property mix and by geography. Fund strategies actively seek opportunities to invest in both Core and Core-Plus properties, as well as in Value-Add operating properties and development projects.

About The Marketing Directors

With over 35 years of experience, The Marketing Directors is the preeminent development advisory that works exclusively on behalf of residential owners and builders to develop, market, and lease residential homes. The Marketing Directors are industry leaders, respected partners, and market innovators.

 

League of Women Voters Urges Voters to Plan Ahead to Participate in the Primary Election

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The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley reminds all citizens that New Jersey’s primary election has been postponed until July 7, 2020, as a result of COVID-19.  Between now and then, additional voter deadlines have moved to reflect the new election date.  During this critical time, voters should prepare now to participate in the primary safely and check pertinent dates from May through the end of June.

Drawing members from 29 municipalities in Bergen County, New Jersey, the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley encourages voters to vote safely from their homes using a Vote by Mail (VBM) ballot, commonly referred to as an “absentee” ballot.  Vote by Mail ballots are available to all registered voters after applying.  The deadline to apply through the mail for a Vote by Mail ballot is June 30, 2020.  Applications are available at www.lwvnj.org.

“Your voice is more important than ever before,” said Nike Prieston Bach, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley.  “Do not wait to apply for your Vote by Mail ballot.  We urge voters to act now to ensure they have adequate time to cast their ballots from the safety of home.”

New Voter Registration and Party Affiliation Deadlines

The new voter registration deadline for the July primary is June 16, 2020.  Registered voters, who are currently affiliated with a political party and want to change their party affiliation, now have until May 13 to file a political party affiliation declaration form.  Registered unaffiliated voters may declare at any time up to and including primary election day, and vote in that party’s primary.  Voter registration forms and party affiliation declaration forms are available at www.lwvnj.org.

Party affiliation declaration forms, voter registration forms, and vote-by-mail applications must be printed, signed, and mailed.  Voters, who do not have access to a printer, may contact the League of Women Voters of New Jersey at jburns@lwvnj.org for assistance.

To obtain additional information about the July 7 primary, visit the League of Women Voters of New Jersey at www.lwvnj.org and www.VOTE411.org.  VOTE411.org, a “one-stop-shop” for election related information, provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the election process.  VOTE411.org will publish voters guides electronically by the beginning of June.

For more information about the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley, contact lwvno.valley@gmail.com.