There’s little question Jersey City has gained a strong foothold in New York City’s housing market, capturing the attention of many Manhattan and Brooklyn residents with its easy access to work centers, upscale, fully-amenitized residential buildings and the exact type of vibrant and thriving downtown environment urban living enthusiasts seek.
For long-time Manhattan residents Jacqueline Troccoli and Alberto Pomello, the buzz emanating from this trendy New Jersey Hudson River Gold Coast City caught their ear in 2016, prompting the couple to investigate its rental opportunities and lifestyle.
“We first looked at Jersey City in summer 2016 when moving from our Hell’s Kitchen apartment,” Jaqueline says. “We ultimately decided we wanted one more year of New York City living,”
Jaqueline and Alberto would end up renting a home that summer at Ohm in Hudson Yards. Thirteen months later, however, they came to a firm decision it was time to escape the crowds and congestion of Manhattan and make the move to Jersey City where they could find a more expansive apartment at more attractive pricing.
“We were looking for more space for the two of us, as well as our mini golden doodle Sambuca,” adds Alberto. “We also decided we wanted to purchase a car and have more freedom beyond the public transportation of New York City. Traffic is a nightmare and parking is outrageous so we knew Manhattan wouldn’t be our forever home.”
Location was a prime factor so they began with online research of luxury rentals near PATH stations which would allow for an easy work commute for Jaqueline in the West Village and Alberto in SoHo. The spike in new construction apartments in downtown Jersey City presented the couple with a number of buildings to choose from.
“We had so many options and everything felt very affordable,” Alberto recalls. “Often when you have too many things to choose from, it makes it hard to narrow it down to just one.”
However, one building did stand out. Vantage, the 45-story upscale rental tower developed by Fisher Development Associates in Liberty Harbor North, had recently opened its leasing program and quickly separated itself from the pack.
“The other properties were lovely and they all had their positives and negatives,” says Jaqueline. “Some layouts felt off and just didn’t make sense to us. Vantage is a brand new building so it showed well. The openness of the floor plan is great. It has fantastic views facing New York City and the Hudson River. We also loved the covered parking garage, keyless entry system, the aesthetically-pleasing lobby, high-end gym equipment and all the other amenities.”
Jaqueline and Alberto would rent a one-bedroom apartment on the building’s 10th floor. The couple would become one of the first residents to begin enjoying a well-rounded urban lifestyle at Vantage.
“The floor-to-ceiling windows facing downtown Manhattan and Liberty Harbor Marina add lots of light,” Alberto says. “The bathroom is a great size and the large closet is a definite plus. There’s something exciting about being an early tenant and getting to experience all the brand new, clean, and modern amenities and accommodations. It was amazing to actually sleep the first night and literally hear nothing but silence.”
Located at 33 Park Avenue, Vantage lies adjacent to charming Paulus Hook and Van Vorst Park. Just steps away is the dining/nightlife scene on Newark Avenue, while Manhattan can be reached in minutes via the Grove Street and Exchange Place PATH stations and New York Waterway ferry service.
“I’m really happy with the area we live in,” says Jaqueline. “I know the neighborhood is continuing to grow and open new places. I like the convenience of having stores within walking distance. I think people are friendlier across the river and there’s such a feeling of work/life balance here. People seem happier and smile more. There’s much more of a community feeling. We also love how it’s such a dog friendly city!”
Vantage offers a collection of studio, one- and two-bedroom residences with some of the largest apartment homes in Jersey City’s new construction marketplace. Available for immediate occupancy, residences boast nine-foot ceiling heights, wood flooring, recessed LED lighting, in-home washer and dryer units and cutting-edge energy-efficient systems. Homes are priced from the low-$2,000s and have limited time concessions.
Designed by S9 Architecture, Vantage features floor-to-ceiling glass windows that bathe homes in natural light and maximize its exceptional location and panoramic views.
Enhancing residents’ lives is a full suite of indoor and outdoor social and recreational amenities that includes a 24-hour Concierge, cyber café, state-of-the-art health club, children’s playroom, business center, conference room, screening room, dining area and an enclosed parking garage. A sixth-floor outdoor amenity deck features a zero-entry swimming pool, lounge, landscaped area and full-court basketball court, while the Vantage Point Sky Lounge on the 45th floor offers a social space with incomparable views.
“Renters from both sides of the Hudson River have found Vantage offers the urban living experience they desire,” says Adrienne Albert, CEO of The Marketing Directors, exclusive marketing and leasing agent for Vantage. “The views are incomparable and exactly what you’d expect in a stylish residential high-rise that fuses together all the elements that make Jersey City so desired, from sizable, designer homes and an amenity-rich environment to a location near mass transportation and blocks from its downtown scene.”
Fisher Development Associates is pursuing LEED Certification from the US Green Building Council for Vantage.
For additional information on Vantage, please visit www.VantageJC.com or call 201-333-1222. The building’s leasing and model center is open daily