Thanks to NYC real estate blog BrickUnderground for showing the community across the river why Jersey City is great. Of course, we already knew that!

Priced out or just weary of Manhattan? Dreaming of Brooklyn’s spacious apartments and skyline views without Brooklyn’s sky-high prices? You’re in luck. Jersey City‘s got huge amounts of available, affordable housing, a welcoming community vive, a steady stream of foodie-approved new restaurants, and a blissfully short commute into the city that in no way involves the L train. Here, nine reasons why you should consider crossing the Hudson:

JC 9 reasons

1. The commute from Brooklyn to Midtown seems longer each day: Ditch the L train or any other form of commute that can’t be accomplished in the time it takes to drain a green tea matcha latte. You can take the PATH train from Jersey City to the World Trade Center in five minutes, Greenwich Village in 16 minutes and  33rd Street in just 22. Or commute to Midtown or Lower Manhattan via four ferry routes set against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

2. You will be ready to retire by the time you scrounge together the down payment on a NYC studio: Homes in Jersey City are significantly more affordable. You can snap up a one bedroom luxury condo with skyline views for $530,000, a doorman two bedroom, two bath with its own washer/dryer and a fitness center in the building for $950,000 and plenty of other choices a little more inland for under $450,000.  And rents are equally enticing, such as a 1,500-square-foot two-bedroom, two bath loft with a washer/dryer within walking distance to the train is $2,500/month, or a one- bedroom with a terrace and a modern kitchen for$1,950.

3. You’re tired of paying more–for everything: Everything from rent to bottled water to cable tv to a package of toilet paper is cheaper in Jersey City than in Manhattan. And  it’s not just because the sales tax is just 3.5% versus 8.5%.

4. Another neighborhood bookstore just closed: Jersey City is home to independent bookseller WORD, not to mention a plethora of unique boutiques (Tia’s Place, Modern Sage, Kanibal Home, Hazel Baby, Another Man’s Treasure). There’s also a mall, because sometimes you just want to run all of your errands in one place.


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