HOBOKEN, NJ – It’s no secret the City of Hoboken on New Jersey’s Hudson River waterfront is making the transition from a lively and spirited haven for young single professionals to a more sophisticated, family-friendly neighborhood that balances its energetic, chic downtown environment with the values and characteristics of a close-knit urban community.
This new attitude and atmosphere is strongly reflected in the strollers, scooters and mini-bikes that now line its bustling Washington Street epicenter, where higher-end retailers and services, re-imagined eateries, coffee shops and child-oriented services, such as learning and day care centers, have joined the streetscape to serving the shifting demographics.
The origins of Hoboken’s evolution into a more family-centric community can be traced to the young professionals originally drawn to its dynamic social lifestyle and location minutes from Manhattan years ago. Hoboken is now home to many couples who first met in its single scene and decided to remain when starting a family. Beth and Jeffrey Mack are indicative of this growing trend. The two were introduced in Hoboken, dated, got married and are now choosing to welcome their first child in the mile-square city.
“My husband and I love all aspects of Hoboken,” says Mrs. Mack. “We love that it’s a walkable city that offers both of us a pretty short and convenient commute to work. We also love the abundant food and shopping. It’s also the city where we met and are starting our family. We briefly toyed with the idea of looking to purchase a home in the suburbs, but decided that it was too much of an undertaking with a baby on the way. So, we decided we were going to stick around the city we love a little longer.”
The Mack’s not only decided to stay in Hoboken, but opted to remain in the city’s western edge, a revitalized neighborhood they’ve grown to love. For the past three years, the Mack’s lived in a Monroe Street apartment and witnessed first-hand the transformation of the area around the 9th Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail into a desirable residential destination. Now needing a larger home for their growing family, the couple weighed options for apartments in other areas, but couldn’t pull themselves away from the familiar locale.
“We initially thought about upgrading to a new apartment in our previous building, but decided to take a look at a few buildings around town,” Mrs. Mack recalls. “Our only real requirements were a second bedroom for the little one and an elevator. Having lived in the western edge for three years, we had really grown to love our neck of the woods. We know all the restaurants and shop owners and staying nearby was important. So we kept our search to the area near the 9th St. Light Rail station and a few properties by the Hudson River waterfront.”
Armed with a strong knowledge of exactly what they were looking for, the couple’s search would end quickly just steps from their old apartment at Vine, a new luxury rental located at 900 Monroe St. The 11-story building provided the Mack’s the perfect blend of luxurious and modern homes and a level of intimacy and charm not found in Hoboken’s large multi-family complexes.
“Living across the street from Vine we were well aware of the building since the day they poured the first drop of concrete,” Mrs. Mack says. “As the building progressed, we saw first-hand how nice it was. Typically, when you’ve seen one newer building in Hoboken, you’ve seen them all. What set Vine apart was that it was apparent that the developers cared about architecture and design. They didn’t want to build another cookie cutter apartment. And while we liked some of the other buildings we looked at, we loved Vine. It wasn’t as massive as some of the others, was brand new and unique.”
A beautiful apartment in the amenity-rich Vine fully satisfied the Mack’s need for lifestyle, luxury, exclusiveness and space.
“Vine is a contemporary-looking building and had all the amenities we cared about,” Mrs. Mack says. “The homes have a clean and modern look with well-sized rooms and appliances and top notch finishes. We particularly loved the grey bamboo floors. We also love the fact that we’ll soon be able to enjoy the outdoor pool and enormous outdoor space that Vine provides.”
Developed by Bijou Properties in joint venture with Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation, Vine boasts 135 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes with monthly rents starting in the $2,900s. Available for immediate occupancy, the residences boast a number of designer and energy-efficient features, including sustainable bamboo flooring, oversized windows, kitchens and baths with modern fixtures, Frigidaire and Bosch Energy Star appliances, granite countertops and modern cabinetry; and lavish baths with recycled porcelain tile. Some apartments also provide an additional den.
Vine is preparing for the initial debut of many of its outdoor amenities this spring, including an expansive landscaped rooftop terrace, joining the building’s state-of-the-art gym, clubroom and fitness center to create a well-rounded urban lifestyle. Also becoming active is a 7,000 square-foot public park adjacent to the building built by Bijou Properties and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation. On the immediate horizon, an outdoor pool and sundeck will make its highly-anticipated opening at Vine in May.
In addition to its full suite of recreational and social amenities, Vine offers bike storage, free shuttle service to the nearby Hoboken PATH station and an onsite automated parking facility. The building also features 13,500 square feet of street-level retail space, occupied in part by a Daycare Center.
Situated just steps from the 9th Street Light Rail Station, Vine blends an upscale living experience with the convenience of quick access throughout New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast,” including Hoboken’s PATH, New Jersey Transit and Ferry terminals with service to Manhattan.
Vine has been built in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) standards for LEED ® certification. Vine will be the fourth LEED-certified building introduced by Bijou Properties in the City.
The Marketing Directors is the exclusive marketing and leasing agent for Vine.
Two furnished model homes are available to tour at Vine. For additional information, please visit www.vinehoboken.com or call 201-386-VINE (8463). The onsite Leasing Office is located at 900 Monroe Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030.