As a real estate industry professional with a focus on the New Jersey Gold Coast, Joseph Hemmerich knew exactly what he was looking for when searching for a new home along the Hudson River waterfront. Mr. Hemmerich, who works in property management at a residential high-rise in Fort Lee, was intimately familiar with the luxury rental market and leveraged his knowledge to conduct an in-depth search of apartments within a reasonable commute of his workplace.
“I was living in a garden-style apartment in Mount Olive, New Jersey,” Joe said. “I work in Fort Lee, and the commute was terrible. I looked at any safe areas within a 20-mile radius of my employment. Ideally, I preferred Jersey City or Hoboken.”
With a good idea of his desired Gold Coast locale, Mr. Hemmerich put his expertise to work, researching online a broad range of apartment types, from garden-style communities to high-rise buildings.
“I looked at dozens of apartment buildings,” he said. “I wasn’t bound to any specific style.”
During his groundwork, a brand-new rental community in Jersey City’s burgeoning West Side neighborhood stood out. 3 Acres, a collection of 629 upscale rental homes, was celebrating its opening at 400 Claremont Avenue. Its designer homes and wealth of onsite amenities enticed Mr. Hemmerich to make 3 Acres the first community he would visit in person. It would turn out to be the only community he would visit.
“I was mostly using apartment search websites when I found 3 Acres on Google,” he continued. “It was the one and only place I toured. After seeing the building and apartments, I was immediately sold. Working in the same industry, I knew 3 Acres had so much potential to be the place where people would want to be. After living here, I fully believe that to be true.”
For Mr. Hemmerich, 3 Acres was the total package.
“I was mainly concerned with having modern in-home appliances and access to a pool,” he said. “3 Acres’ amenities blew my ideal hopes out of the water.”
Mr. Hemmerich leased a studio home with an alcove.
“The apartment has wonderful finishes, and I love the aesthetic. Having a walk-in shower, a washer and dryer, new stainless-steel appliances, and a view of the World Trade Center were all appealing to me. I also love the soft-close cabinets, and the dark gray wood finishes. The smart home lock system and central AC/heating is also so convenient and controllable via an app.
“I am in love with my apartment,” he said. “The layout is wonderfully designed. My alcove studio feels bigger than it is. I have room for everything I need – a couch, dining table, Queen-sized bed, desk for my computer, etc. To my friends and family who ask me what it’s like to live here, I tell them I feel like I’m living in a spaceship. Everything I need is in my apartment or onsite.”
One friend that took close notice was Anthony Corbo, who helped Joe move into 3 Acres and had visited the building countless times since. Anthony was also looking to rent his first apartment and had been searching for options in vibrant urban areas like Montclair, Hackensack, Hoboken, Jersey City and Edgewater until he discovered 3 Acres had everything he was seeking.
“I was looking for a home with an in-unit washer/dryer, new appliances, and amenities such as a gym, pool and covered parking,” said Anthony, who also works in property management in Fort Lee. “3 Acres had all the amenities I was looking for and a reasonable commute to work. It was also more competitively priced than homes I had seen elsewhere. Having a friend in the building made the transition even easier.
“The layout of the studio apartment homes stood out to me,” Anthony continued. “I like that they offer studios with alcove spaces because it makes it feel more like a one bedroom. I also liked the finishes, appliances, and that 3 Acres felt very ‘homey.’ The amenities provided all the convenience of having everything where I live.”
Joe and Anthony aren’t the only ones who found what they were looking for at 3 Acres as more than 500 apartments have already been leased at the community, with hundreds of residents moved in, according to The Marketing Directors, the community’s exclusive marketing and leasing agent.
Monthly rents for 3 Acres’ collection of residences currently start from the mid-$1,700s with Grand Opening incentives that include one month free on a 13-month lease. Immediate occupancy is available.
Residents can choose from a wide variety of floor plans ranging from straight studios, studios with alcoves that mirror the space of a one-bedroom home, traditional one-bedroom layouts, and two-bedroom residences. A selection of studio homes is furnished by Resource Furniture, a leader in transformative and multifunctional spaces, which features three-in-one pieces that quickly transform living areas into work and sleep spaces.
Upscale finishes and appointments include central heat and air conditioning, in-home washer and dryer, complimentary window treatments, and kitchens with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and soft-close cabinets. Lavish baths are adorned with porcelain tile floors and vertical, ceramic subway tile shower walls, while integrated technology features include a Smart Home entry system and thermostat and lighting control.
An impressive 70,000 square feet of amenities includes an elegant, attended lobby, state-of-the-art fitness center, infrared saunas, conference room, work pods, a chef’s table with demonstration kitchen, multi-sport simulator and screening room, resident lounge with a saltwater aquarium, and a game room with a mini bowling alley, ping pong, shuffleboard, pinball and arcade games. On-site musical entertainment emanates from a Steinway Spirio digital grand piano in one of the lounge spaces that self-plays pieces from a vast library of musical content, as well as simulcasts live performances from great pianists around the world.
Extensive outdoor space is highlighted by a rooftop terrace with BBQs and a pool with jacuzzi and sundeck, cabanas, and loungers. Three distinctive outdoor courtyards feature barbecues and private dining areas, lounge seating and firepits, outdoor Yoga, bocce, chess,, and ping pong. There’s also a community garden and a dog run.
The 3 Acres resident experience is further enhanced by the onsite presence of LIVunLtd., a global luxury concierge and amenity management brand that will oversee a robust calendar of private residential events and creative activation to help bring 3 Acres’ social spaces to life. Additional conveniences include resident and bike storage, covered, climate-controlled parking with electric charging stations and auto wash and detailing, car and electric scooter rentals, and shuttle service to the Journal Square PATH Station.
The building’s onsite retail experience has been enhanced by the recently opened Three Thirds Café coffee shop and will soon feature The Lobby Bar, Table at 3 Acres restaurant.
Located just west of Downtown Jersey City near the banks of the Hackensack River, 3 Acres is situated in a neighborhood dotted with dining, recreation, and nightlife options, while retail shopping can be found at the nearby Hudson Mall. The 273-acre Lincoln Park features open space, twenty-one public tennis courts, three playgrounds, a dog run, nature trails, several sports fields, and Skyway Golf Course, a scenic 9-hole layout lined with colorful fescue, magnificent dunes and rolling fairways.
3 Acres is well connected to downtown Jersey City and Manhattan via the Hudson Bergen Light Rail’s West Side Avenue Station located across the street. The building is also a quick drive to the New Jersey Turnpike and Routes 440 and 1 and 9, allowing residents to reach all the businesses and highly popular recreational options in northern New Jersey and the famed Jersey Shore.
For more information on 3 Acres, please call 201-733-3000 or visit www.3AcresJC.com. The building is located at 400 Claremont Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304.