UNION CITY, N.J. – Shawn Choi embraced the vibrant urban environment he received in a rental home in downtown Jersey City. And while City living within close proximity to Manhattan was ideal, Mr. Choi and his wife were preparing to welcome their first child knew they needed a larger home to start a family.
“We we’re living in a studio apartment in the Newport waterfront neighborhood of Jersey City,” Mr. Choi says. “Our first child is due in mid-March and the time had come to purchase a home with more space.”
The Choi’s set out to find a new home that offered many of the same attributes as their Jersey City apartment – maintenance-free atmosphere, ease of commute into New York City and an abundance of restaurants, conveniences and services nearby — but could also accommodate their growing family. They started their search by visiting Bergen County condominium communities in Ft. Lee and Englewood, but found they were slightly too far from midtown Manhattan.
The couple turned their attention back to Hudson County where they would find their new upscale urban home just three miles from the Lincoln Tunnel and Port Authority Bus Terminal at The Lenox, a luxury condominium building located at 500 Central Avenue in Union City.
“We found Lenox through an online search,” Mr. Choi recalls. “It had exactly what we were looking for in terms of pricing and good transportation options, including a shuttle to Hoboken PATH trains and New Jersey Transit Busses within walking distance. We could commute into New York City in short order.”
The Choi’s purchased a spacious two-bedroom condominium home at The Lenox for over $300,000.
“The homes are freshly renovated and move-in ready,” Mr. Choi continues. “The appliances and interior features were modern and state-of-the-art. We also have an expansive living room area that provides plenty of room to grow and boasts large windows to highlight the view.”
The Choi family is just one of many first-time homebuyers who have chosen The Lenox for its desirable blend of luxury living spaces, downtown City environment, closeness to Manhattan and attractive prices starting from just $179,000. The 16-story high-rise building being developed by Sun Equity Partners is situated in a dynamic neighborhood full of nightlife, restaurants and shops and near major mass transportation options.
“The revitalization of Cities such as Hoboken and Jersey City has created an escalating housing market that’s pushing homebuyers west,” says Kelly Marzullo, Director of Marketing for The Lenox. “Union City, which is undergoing a similar rebirth with brand name retail outlets joining ethnic and family owned businesses to create a diverse urban lifestyle, has increasingly become a popular destination for single professionals, young couples and families.
“At buildings such as The Lenox, they can find the same level of luxury, amenities and service as waterfront municipalities at a price point that’s well within their budget.”
Sun Equity Partners released the newly-renovated condominiums and state-of-the-art amenities at The Lenox last summer. High interest and demand has resulted in more than 50% of the homes sold.
Available for immediate occupancy, the studios, one- and two-bedroom residences range in size from 535 to 1,089 square feet of living space. Designer finishes found throughout the homes include hardwood floors, kitchens with stainless steel GE appliances, custom white gloss kitchen cabinetry and quartz countertops with marble backsplashes; and spa-like bathrooms with imported tile walls and floors and Moen shower fixtures.
“Select homes also offer balconies with incredible views,” adds Ms. Marzullo. “Residences facing east enjoy the spectacular expanse of the Hudson River and Manhattan Skyline, while other exposures include sunsets over the preserved wetlands to the west and nearby Washington Park.”
Bolstering the enviable lifestyle at The Lenox are a number of Manhattan-style amenities, including an onsite 24-hour concierge to handle specific needs and requests, magnificent lobby, state-of-the-art fitness center, residents’ lounge and a clubroom with pool table and flat screen TV.
The Lenox’s ultra-convenient location close to mass transportation and major thoroughfares, providing easy access to not only New York City, but also New Jersey’s Hudson River ‘Gold Coast’ and Bergen, Essex and Passaic Counties.
“The building is also one block away from NJ Transit Bus Stop with direct service into New York, and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is a 15-minute walk away at Hoboken’s 8th and Jackson Streets platform,” Ms. Marzullo points out.
Fully furnished model homes are now open at The Lenox. Merchandised by prominent interior designer Debbie Weisman of T.D. Designs, the residences illustrate the comfort, value and appeal of the building.
The Lenox is approved for favorable financing programs offered by the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) that require only a 3.5% down payment.
For additional information on The Lenox, please call (201) 866-8768 or visit http://www.thelenoxcondosnj.com. The building’s Sales Center is open by appointment only. Open Houses are conducted on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.