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


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