You have an active social life, but your monthly budget for rent makes it difficult to be able live in the heart of Manhattan. Or maybe even Brooklyn (and Long Island City rental apartment prices aren’t far behind). So maybe it’s time to check out Northern New Jersey? That’s not to say that the “NNJ” neighborhoods of, for example, Hoboken and Jersey City, aren’t already the first choice for plenty of people, both long-time NYC area residents as well as newcomers to the area.
But with a newly developed waterfront area (see above, in Edgewater), a surge of new residential construction, convenient commuter transportation across the river by train, bus, or, increasingly, by ferry, a lively bar and restaurant scene and, of course, those lovely views of the Manhattan skyline, Northern New Jersey rental apartments have become more and more attractive to families and young professionals–including many social butterflies.
For example, the New York Times reported last year on a Coldwell Banker-sponsored survey that placed Hoboken (no surprise) and Edgewater (a bit of a surprise) as the two best communities in all of New Jersey for those seeking an active social life… or, in the words of the study itself, the neighborhoods where people who consider themselves “hip, trendy and fun at heart” will find the most satisfaction.
The next three New Jersey neighborhoods in this category, just to round out the top five, are Weehawken, Guttenberg and Jersey City. The Times article also points to a new series of shows/internet videos produced by local station NJTV, hosted by Daily News real estate editor Jason Sheftell, and straightforwardly called “Best Places to Live in New Jersey,” which offer a nice overview of several communities in this ever-more-happening part of Tri-State area. Here’s a link to the Hoboken and Jersey City segment.
And it all just keeps growing over there across the Hudson! Jersey City residents in particular are about to get a whole lot of new neighbors in the next couple of years and, presumably, the attendant services, restaurants, and retail that always follows an influx of the young and fun. Among the big projects in the works: Warren at York, a 12-story, 139-unit rental building in Paulus Hook; the newly opened 131-unit Madox, the first LEED-certified residential building in Jersey City; 18 Park which will have 11 floors and 422 units; and the mammoth, three-step project called Harborside (above) that will eventually bring 2,000 new homes to the community. Ground has been broken on all of these projects, and there are more on the drawing board.