Ask recent transplants to Hoboken, N.J., what they thought of this city on the Hudson River before they moved here, and you are likely to hear variations on a theme of partying 20-somethings, noise late into weekend nights and lines out the doors of bars on St. Patrick’s Day.
When people take a closer look at real estate in the area, they see something else: an easy commute to New York City, uninterrupted views of Manhattan and a surprising number of strollers.
“Life is so much easier here,” said Kelly Adams, 34, who moved to Hoboken with her husband, Mike, 35, from a one-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side in May 2013, when the couple were expecting their first child. “We park our car next to our building. Our car was a mile away when we lived in Manhattan. We had to take a cab to our car.”
If there’s a trend in Hoboken in recent years, real estate agents say, it is one of young families arriving from Manhattan and Brooklyn, many of them with no pre-existing ties to New Jersey. In Hoboken, they’re finding more space for their money, without enduring a long commute from the suburbs to get it.