Former Hoboken Renter Escapes to Luxury Living at Soho Lofts in Downtown Jersey City

Soho Lofts Lobby wallA modern and upscale housing stock, energetic and trendy local scene and easy access to Manhattan have all combined to place Jersey City atop the list of most desirable Hudson River waterfront communities for today’s renting public.

Fueling the meteoric rise of this New Jersey Gold Coast city has been a growing movement to escape the aging apartment inventory and high rental prices of mainstay waterfront markets such as Hoboken and head to Jersey City where brand new luxury buildings feature apartments with more space, better amenities, and attractive pricing.

Nowhere is this trend more evident than at Soho Lofts, a collection of 377 upscale apartments in Jersey City’s SoHo West Community, an industrial-inspired neighborhood of loft-style homes, amenities and services being developed by Manhattan Building Company on the Hoboken border.  Over 75% of the rental homes at Soho Lofts have been leased, with more than 30% of its residents moving from areas such as Hoboken, Weehawken, Bayonne and North Bergen.

Lauren Stallone, a young professional who had been living with her boyfriend in uptown Hoboken, typifies the migration to affordable rental luxury at Soho Lofts.

“I was living in an older walk-up apartment on Hoboken’s Washington Street,” Ms. Stallone says.  “The home was in need of serious repair and lacked any sort of convenience.  There was no washer/dryer, no central air and no dishwasher.  It was a small unit with only 550 square-feet of space. We were paying a fortune for practically nothing and it was time for a move.” Continue reading

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Fresca Gourmet Signs 5,000 Square Foot Lease in Jersey City’s Soho West Neighborhood

300 Coles StreetA gourmet community market and deli will be the next retailer to add its name to the vibrant mix of neighborhood-centric shops, services, restaurants and conveniences in Jersey City’s SoHo West (south of Hoboken, west of New York City) Community.

Fresca Gourmet has signed a lease to occupy 5,000 square-feet of ground floor retail space at 300 Coles Street within the new and emerging community on Jersey City’s Hoboken border.  The popular market offers hot food, deli sandwiches, wraps, salads, prepared meals, and a host of everyday groceries.

Scheduled to open in fall, 2018, Fresca Gourmet will join a list of prominent retailers already open and available to residents of the SoHo West Community, including an 8 Springs Studio, a Pilates and Yoga studio; Viaquenti Academy, a bilingual pre-school; Brewshot, a coffee shop/bar and restaurant, Cycle Mix, a spin cycle establishment, and Art House Productions, a non-profit arts facility that includes a 99-seat black box theatre.

The SoHo West store will be the second Jersey City location for Fresca Gourmet, following in the footsteps of its grocery and deli at 115 Town Square Place in the downtown Newport neighborhood. As one of the fastest growing new development communities in Hudson County, SoHo West presented the owners of Fresca Gourmet with a prime opportunity to expand its business to an up-and-coming neighborhood of luxury homes and services that’s in close proximity to its original location.

The brainchild of developer Manhattan Building Company, SoHo West is a vibrant new neighborhood of oversized residences in highly-amenitized, mixed-use buildings on the border of Jersey City and Hoboken.    Its current offering, Soho Lofts, is the third residential building to be introduced in the community.  More than 75% of the 377 rental units at Soho Lofts have been leased since its late fall launch. Continue reading

VIA LOFTS WILL DELIVER TEN LUXURY CONDOS TO UPTOWN HOBOKEN

Every now and then we like to take a look at interesting projects in the metro area … 

The evolution of Hoboken’s upper northwest neighborhood will soon take another step forward with the upcoming debut of VIA Lofts, a boutique collection of 10 upscale condominium homes located at 1410 Grand Street in this well-known Hudson County City.

In preparing for the summer sales launch, developer Bijou Properties has begun accepting names for a list of VIP Homebuyers at the six-story luxury building.  Interested prospects can visit www.VIALofts.com to add their name to the list and be one of the first to preview VIA Lofts’ two-and three-bedroom homes in advance of its Grand Opening.

Initial occupancy for the condominium homes at VIA Lofts is expected in October, 2018.

“Uptown Hoboken has staked its claim as one of the region’s most desirable residential settings for homebuyers seeking urban-inspired luxury, a family-oriented setting and commuter convenience into Manhattan,” says Christopher Mazzola, Development Manager for locally-based Bijou Properties. “VIA Lofts will effectively tap into this market by introducing well-appointed homes with large and open floorplans in a stylish and eco-friendly building that promotes a healthier, more efficient lifestyle.” Continue reading

PARK VIEW ACADEMY SIGNS LEASE FOR 4,600 SQ.-FT. OF SPACE AT VANTAGE IN DOWNTOWN JERSEY CITY

PVA LogoNew Daycare Facility Will Open in Early 2019 at 45-Story Liberty Harbor North Building

Park View Academy, an innovative new daycare facility, has signed a lease to open its first location at Vantage, the luxury high-rise rental building in downtown Jersey City, N.J.’s Liberty Harbor North neighborhood.

Slated to open in Early 2019, the new early childhood school will serve both residents of Vantage and the community-at-large, according to Fisher Development Associates, which is developing the 448-home waterfront building overlooking the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Harbor Marina.

Park View Academy’s mission is to create a safe, educational, and friendly environment for the children under their care. They believe every child is unique and their growth depends on patience, understanding encouragement, and lots of love! Every day will bring a new and exciting challenge for your little one to experience. The center is the first collaboration between two local veterans of Hudson County child care, partners Yeon Benkovitz, owner of Lucie Goosie Toddler Enrichment in Jersey City, and Diane Branco, owner of World of Wonder daycare center (WOW) and Wowkids, LLC in Hoboken, NJ.

“It’s no secret Jersey City’s demographic is shifting to include more and more young families and there’s a growing need for high quality child care services,” Mrs. Benkovitz says.  “We’re establishing Park View Academy to help fill this demand.  We hope to offer parents a valuable service in a state-of-the-art facility that draws on the expertise of not only two local child care professionals, but also two experienced Jersey City moms.”

Vantage Building Rendering (1)Park View Academy will occupy approximately 4,600 square feet of ground floor retail space at Vantage.  The facility will feature a large play area to strongly encourage a high level of child interaction.

“We searched neighborhoods in downtown Jersey City for nearly three years trying to find the right location,” Mrs. Benkovitz adds.  “We were fortunate Vantage was brought to market by Fisher Development Associates and chose the building for our debut facility because the space is beautiful.  We also love the neighborhood feel and its location near the light rail and right off Marin Boulevard makes its accessible for parents.”

The 45-story Vantage boasts approximately 5,000 square-feet of supportive retail space.  The LEED-certified building at 33 Park View Avenue has been an important ingredient in Liberty Harbor North’s growth into a 21st Century urban destination where inspired living spaces blend with community services and shops to create a vibrant live-work environment for today’s urban professional. Continue reading

BIJOU PROPERTIES TO INTRODUCE NEW 10-HOME PASSIVE HOUSE CONDO BUILDING IN UPTOWN HOBOKEN

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Seven-Story Building Located at 1024 Adams Street Will Launch Sales This Summer

Every now and then, we like to take a look at new projects of interest. This Passive House in Hoboken is one such project:

candela-lofts-hoboken-apartment-2A nearly-completed seven-story luxury condominium building in uptown Hoboken now has a name and a launch timeline.  Bijou Properties has chosen the name Candela Lofts for the striking new building and announced a June opening of sales for its 10 high-end residences.  The developer has also unveiled an exterior and interior rendering of the building and launched a teaser website at www.candelalofts.com where interested buyers can register as a VIP Prospect and participate in the preview opening.

Candela Lofts will be the first Passive House luxury multi-family building in New Jersey and will set a new standard for luxury and sustainable living on New Jersey’s Hudson River Gold Coast.  The building has been created to achieve a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency with superinsulation and an airtight building envelope.   Designed by Nastasi Architects, the contemporary building has been developed to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Located at 1024 Adams Street, the one-of-a-kind Candela Lofts will feature a select number of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes with high ceilings, oversized windows, walk-in closets, sleek cabinetry and Miele appliances, and private outdoor space.  Some homes will boast magnificent views of the New York City skyline.

Additional details will be revealed on the website in the coming weeks.  Hudson Place Realty will be handling sales for building.

FISHER DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATES’ VANTAGE RENTAL BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN JERSEY CITY RECEIVES LEED® CERTIFICATION

Vantage Building Rendering (1)Fisher Development Associates announced today that Vantage, its new luxury rental high-rise in downtown Jersey City, N.J., has received LEED® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Located at 33 Park View Avenue, the 45-story waterfront building achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, and indoor environmental quality. The LEED rating system, developed by the USGBC, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

Vantage features 448 rental apartments and approximately 5,000 square-feet of supportive retail space.  Lying in between Luis Munoz Marin Boulevard and South Cove in Jersey City’s Liberty Harbor North neighborhood, the glass curtain wall tower offers a convenient location just steps from mass transportation at the Liberty Harbor Light Rail Station, as well as the Grove Street and Exchange Place PATH stations and New York Waterway ferry service.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by the USGBC and to become LEED certified,” says Brian Fisher, Principal of Fisher Development Associates.  “Vantage is an excellent example of how urban buildings can promote a cleaner, healthier lifestyle for residents while positively impacting the environment.  We’re proud of this important achievement which reflects our company’s dedication to green building practices.”

Designed by S9 Architecture, Vantage features studio, one-, and two-bedroom homes, priced from the low $2,000s.    Apartments are available for immediate occupancy. Continue reading

ALMOST 80 LEASES SIGNED IN FOUR-WEEK PERIOD ALONE AS JERSEY CITY’S SOHO LOFTS NEARS 60% LEASED

LobbySoho Lofts is setting the pace in Jersey City’s flourishing rental market having achieved a level of leasing velocity not seen on New Jersey’s Hudson River Gold Coast in recent memory.

In fact, the industrial-inspired community recently experienced an enormous surge in activity  that netted nearly 80 homes reserved in a four-week period alone — remarkable rental volume that’s typically only witnessed during a grand opening phase, reports its developer Manhattan Building Company.  The impressive rush in interest has propelled the collection of 377 loft-style apartments towards the notable mark of almost 60% leased in the first four months of availability.

Manhattan Building Company introduced Soho Lofts to the public in mid-November, delivering luxury apartments with some of the largest floorplans in Hudson County and an exciting mix of resort-inspired indoor and outdoor amenities.  Soho Lofts is the next chapter in the incredible success story being written within the SoHo West Community (south of Hoboken, west of New York City), a new neighborhood concept that’s brought upscale rental buildings and a diverse mix of shops, services and conveniences to Jersey City’s Hoboken border.

“While we certainly expected Soho Lofts to be well-received, the incredible demand since first launching this property has exceeded our most optimistic projections,” says Louis Mont, COO of locally-based Manhattan Building Company.  “To lease so many homes — and so quickly — in what is still an emerging location speaks volumes about the value and appeal being offered at Soho Lofts.  The well-designed apartments, full suite of amenities, and supportive street-level retail have clearly created the kind of desirable urban lifestyle experience today’s renters seek.”

The heightened pace at Soho Lofts has prompted the developer to commence pre-leasing for select apartments in its 14-story west tower.   To preview these homes, interested prospects can call 201-268-7586 and schedule an appointment to tour. Continue reading

TRENDY URBAN LIFESTYLE AND EASY ACCESS TO MANHATTAN DRAW FORMER NEW YORK CITY COUPLE TO DOWNTOWN JERSEY CITY

Vantage Building RenderingThere’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.” Continue reading

Fall In Love at One Park Condos in Cliffside Park with Valentine’s Special Pricing Incentive

Every now and then, JCFYI likes to look outside of Jersey City to see what’s exciting in nearby neighborhoods. This is one of those days …

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Sophisticated homebuyers have yet another reason to “Come Fall In Love” with the luxury homes at One Park in Cliffside Park this February.

Developer DMG Investments has introduced a limited-time incentive which provides special pricing on select one, two, three, and four bedroom condominium at the upscale 14-story Bergen County building.  In honor of Valentine’s Day and available throughout the month, the sweetheart of a deal is a rare opportunity when purchasing at one of the New Jersey Gold Coast’s hottest new residential addresses.  Homes offered in the incentive range from 752 square feet to a sprawling 1,632 square feet.  Each residence includes a private outdoor balcony.

“One Park has been admired by homebuyers from both sides of the Hudson River for a high level of elegance that extends from its lavish homes and notable glass curtain exterior to its world-class amenities and incredible New York City views,” says Stella Liu, Marketing Director for DMG Investments.  “We’re now providing a chance to turn that affection into reality with month-long special pricing that’s sure to capture the attention of interested prospects.”

For additional information on the special incentive and applicable homes, please contact the Sales Gallery at 201-633-7600. Continue reading

SOCIALLY-INFUSED INDOOR AMENITIES DEBUT AT SOHO LOFTS RENTAL COMMUNITY IN DOWNTOWN JERSEY CITY

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Developer Manhattan Building Company has officially unveiled a package of forward-thinking, world-class amenities at Soho Lofts, a new collection of 377 apartment homes in Jersey City’s fast evolving SoHo West (South of Hoboken, West of New York City) Community.

Designed to provide renters a socially-infused urban lifestyle, the professionally-decorated communal spaces radiate a chic and trendy feel that’s on par with fashionable resort destinations and designer five-star hotels.  Found within the industrial-inspired community are contemporary lounges, including a retro arcade, gaming areas and tech lounge, fully-equipped demonstration kitchen and private party room, surround sound media room and private conference rooms, children’s playroom, dog grooming suites, state-of-the-art fitness center with ten-person sauna and indoor/outdoor yoga room.

The full-service resident experience at Soho Lofts is further enhanced by attended valet parking and 24-hour concierge in its magnificent and soaring two-story lobby. Continue reading