Hoboken Quality of Life is Subjective
Hoboken cannot be everything to everyone
People from all over flock to Hoboken for one of a myriad of reasons.
Whether it’s the close proximity to NYC (and the easy commute), the relatively “safe” bubble our community provides, the bars & restaurants, the “status,” or the single scene – it’s safe to say that 99.9% of the residents here chose to live in Hoboken because of at least one appealing aspect.
With that being said – no city can ever be perfect across the board to every resident.
Choose your residence carefully in the Mile Square
Which is why it’s important to consider your priorities when choosing a place to live. Cost, convenience, neighborhood, noise and parking would probably be the top 5 things to think about.
Lacking in Hoboken are public parks, quality public schools, parking spots, acceptable road conditions, stable property taxes, well-planned developments and much more. These are just some of the “Quality of life” issues that are often discussed.
Here are some common sense tips when scoping out properties in Hoboken.
- Hoboken has a strong nightlife scene. If you have issues with “street noise,” then pick an apartment that is away from certain “hot spots” in town (downtown, near the PATH, Washington St., etc.) I’m a bit dismayed that some downtown residents complain when a bar becomes popular – didn’t they know what the neighborhood was like when they moved in? Another reason some places are susceptible to disturbances is poor (read: cheap) construction. Some developers whip buildings out using the worst materials. Ask around before you sign any leases or contracts.
- Frat house or real community? Larger buildings in town have many many units – and with that comes more neighbors only separated by thin walls and long, sprawling hallways. Some properties are better than others – and cost more as a result. Units downtown or on the west-side are usually cheaper (with a younger crowd) – uptown and waterfront on the pricey side (but more families, quieter). Brownstone buildings are usually a solid choice.
- Poor, but love having your own car? Street parking is tight in Hoboken. Fact of life. No matter what spin you hear – parking stinks. And always will. Unless you can afford a monthly garage spot – don’t expect an easy time consistently finding a space at rush hour or busy weekend nights. If this is a serious issue for you – consider other cities to live.
- Love parks and open space? Then Hoboken may not be for you. Our city has less park space “per mile” than even NYC. And what little parks we do have – often collapse into the river. Unless you don’t mind taking a drive somewhere you can spread out at play – this will eventually cause problem for you.
- There ARE solutions! Did you know that there are actually fantastic devices that help people cope with city living? They’re called White Noise Machines. They generate a soothing full spectrum noise that is proven to mask out many extraneous sounds – and you’ll have a peaceful night’s sleep too. Check ’em out! (they work for babies as well).
Remember, you chose to live in Hoboken. And furthermore, the world most likely doesn’t revolve around you. So if living in an exciting, energetic semi-urban city ruffles your feathers – you might have some self-analysis to partake upon in order to find contentment.
But with just a little effort, common sense and awareness – practically anyone can find happiness in Hoboken!