BAYONNE, NJ – Add Bayonne to the list of New Jersey Gold Coast towns residents are flocking to for inspired urban living as SilkLofts, a unique rental conversion with soaring living spaces and an unusual array of lifestyle amenities, is quickly staking its claim among its neighbors in Jersey City and Hoboken.
An impressive 47 rental homes have been leased at the Bayonne landmark residential property since it debuted earlier this summer, representing nearly 100% of the homes available in the first two buildings. The strong activity has led to the release of additional homes, with occupancy ranging from immediate to October 15th.
SilkLofts features 85 rental homes in all. The residences are situated in three interconnected, five-story buildings located at the intersection of 18th Street and Avenue E – just 800 feet from the 22nd Street Light Rail station and minutes from NYC, Jersey City, Hoboken and other Gold Coast locations. A fourth building overlooking a landscaped interior courtyard will feature a limited offering of Artist Lofts.
The homes combine dramatic architectural elements over 100 years old with modern finishes and appointments complemented by unique recreational and social amenities, outstanding views and a commuter-friendly location, according to SilkLofts, LLC, which is transforming the century-old former Maidenform factory in this Hudson County City into the new signature residential property.
“We’re exceeding our goals,” said Doug Stern, President of SilkLofts, L.L.C. “We believed all along that by delivering a better product and lifestyle, we would attract residents to Bayonne. That’s exactly what’s happening.”
Homes at SilkLofts offer modern living spaces and amenities while retaining dramatic original structural elements. A variety of floor plans are offered, ranging from 568 to more than 1,300 square feet of soaring living space at monthly rental rates starting at $1,800. Masterfully designed to reflect the property’s historic roots, homes combine 19th-century restored elements that represent the building’s past – such as exposed heavy timber columns and brick – with modern finishes and appointments that innovatively meld it into the 21st century.
“The Maidenform factory has been an iconic building in Bayonne for over 100 years,” Mr. Stern pointed out. “We’ve embraced the historic charm of the building and used it as a foundation for a new urban residential destination that rivals similarly-inspired residences in areas like Brooklyn, but at a price point that offers considerable consumer value.”
A mix of old and new is found throughout the loft residences, including soaring 12-to-20-foot ceiling heights, mahogany front doors, exposed brick and wood beams, bamboo and oak gunstock wood floors, gourmet kitchens with Quartz countertops and Chef Islands, and washer and dryers. Bathed in natural light through newly-installed, oversized energy efficient argon filled factory windows, the residences offer a variety of views, including the New York City skyline and Bayonne Bridge.
Wanting residents to “love where they live,” the developer has fashioned a creative suite of amenities for SilkLofts to foster a close-knit atmosphere. An outdoor, landscaped pocket park features an herb garden, barbeque, fire pit and a pizza oven. There’s also an on-site fitness center, secured on-site parking and a welcoming lobby with historic photos of the original Maidenform factory.
“The definition of luxury is changing, particularly in urban areas,” said Mr. Stern. “We’ve shifted away from cold lobbies and theater rooms to more socially-interactive spaces and uses where residents can connect with each other. That was my goal for the pocket park, fire pit and pizza oven. I wanted to create a comfortable, casual setting where neighbors would gather and socialize. We’re delighted that our residents are already taking full advantage of it.”
Situated just two blocks from the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail’s 22nd Street Station, SilkLofts offers a prime location in a city that’s well known for its strong sense of civic pride, low crime, outstanding schools, and neighborly atmosphere. The building is widely recognized as a linchpin for a new kind of urban living in Bayonne focusing on easy access to public transportation, highly-amenitized buildings, quality schools and inviting neighborhoods.
“Bayonne is a commuter-friendly city that’s convenient to the business, cultural and entertainment centers of Manhattan, with Light Rail service and easy access to the New Jersey Turnpike, Routes 78 and 440 and the Holland Tunnel,” said Mr. Stern. “As a result, it offers all the attributes of a viable residential alternative to more expensive options in neighboring Jersey City and Hoboken.”
SilkLofts has been designed to receive LEED Silver Certification (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) and is being built in accordance with U.S. Green Building Council guidelines for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Among the green features are the use of bamboo flooring, energy efficient appliances and recycled materials.