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Willow14 – Mixed-Use Development Coming

Spring is here – Willow14 work resumes in Hoboken

Well – after a brutal (and odor-free) winter, work has resumed at the Willow14 Project uptown. Gotta love that “prop” (an environmental air-tester) they have posted outside the work zone. I wonder what it would say if it could (honestly) speak?

Regardless – this, along with many other blocks in Hoboken, is truly changing the “landscape” of the once quaint city. When we crack 100,000 residents – will the existing woes remain the same, or will we have new “super-sized” problems to deal with? (like parts of the city simply sinking underground?)

PS – time to get a real estate (or insurance) license, right?

Willow14 Work continues hoboken NJ

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Luxury Roach Motel at Maxwell Place

Can’t win? Maxwell Place still a “Luxury Roach Motel” in Hoboken

You figured that if you live in one of the most “desired” spots in Hoboken – like at Maxwell Place along the Hudson River Waterfront, you’d have little to worry about (other than your massive property tax bill each quarter). But several residents have mentioned that one problem that is typically known to affect “blighted” areas like inner-cities, has been a problem for the past five years: Unwanted Critters. Will Maxwell Place always be considered a “Luxury Roach Motel,” or will they finally tackle the problem once and for all?

Is Maxwell Place in Hoboken NJ a luxury roach motel

Are solving roach problems so close to the river impossible?

Residents we spoke to are quite fed up. They’ve had issues with essentially an “infestation” of roaches at all the outdoor sun decks and pool areas in the building located at 1125 Maxwell Lane.

They say that Toll Brothers and various employees of the building refuse to call them what they are, and instead use the term “water bugs” (sounds a lot less disgusting that way, doesn’t it.) And that the management rarely does anything until countless people make a (public) stink of it.

One resident said: “They’re everywhere! In the spring and summer months it’s virtually impossible to enjoy the 4th, 6th and 7th floor outdoor areas because of them! You know spring has officially arrived the day you spot your first roach!”

Maxwell Place has supposedly tried addressing this in the past, first blaming it on the landscaping mulch (“it wasn’t treated with pesticide…”) and later calling extermination companies to come in and treat the problem.

Makes you wonder if “extermination” companies actually ever do the proper job. Because if they did, wouldn’t they eventually go out of business?

Anyway, sucks to pay top dollar for “luxury” residences, only to have to deal with “third world” problems like this. Perhaps “water bugs” and living so close to the murky Hudson River make it impossible to fix?

Maybe they should factor these nasty conditions in when they do the property revaluation? Haha – not gonna happen!

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The Artisan

Hoboken still a “hot” Real Estate market apparently

To most people – whether a rental property like The Artisan building at 14th Street between Clinton and Grand Streets gets sold and “changes hands” might not seem like a big deal. But when “big shots” in the Real Estate world like LaSalle Investment Management get involved, it is supposedly a testament to the “strength” of the Hoboken rental market. Read on and see if you agree with that statement…

The Artisan Hoboken under new ownership LaSalle Investment Management

The Artisan sold for $33.5m – Just five months after leasing commenced

LaSalle Investment Management purchases 59-unit luxury residential development in Hoboken, NJ.

Argo Real Estate and Alpine Development announced this week that The Artisan, a 59-unit luxury residential development located at 1400 Clinton Street and 1440 Grand Street in Hoboken, NJ, has been sold for $33.55 million. The 102,000-square-foot, six-story, mixed-use building is comprised of two separate four-story apartment towers joined by a two-story base retail space. The property was purchased by LaSalle Investment Management in an off-market transaction.

Argo Real Estate, one of New York City’s longest-standing independent real estate companies, partnered with Alpine Development in a joint-venture for the project. They received a $16 million loan from Sovereign Bank in August 2012 to finance construction of the mixed-use development and began leasing of the 59 luxury residential units in October 2013.

With The Marketing Directors, Inc. as the exclusive marketing and leasing agent for the property, residential units at The Artisan were fully leased within four months.

For more than 60 years Argo has operated a property management, brokerage, and development firm in New York City. The Artisan marked Argo’s first development foray into the New Jersey residential market. Prior to this development, Argo completed several gut-rehabs including 562 West End Avenue.

“LaSalle Investment Management recognized that this development truly brought luxury loft-style living to the Hoboken residential rental market,” said Mark Moskowitz, CEO of Argo Real Estate. “Throughout construction, the entire development team remained dedicated to ensuring that The Artisan offered the highest quality amenities.”

The Artisan features luxury lifestyle amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center; lounge with catering kitchen, business bar, billiards and flat screen television, private courtyard with outdoor seating and fire pit, package room, and an on-site parking garage – all within walking distance from area transportation including the Light Rail, NY Waterways Ferry and local bus service.

Loft-style apartments feature soaring 9’4” ceilings, Golden Oak hardwood floors, Pella double-glazed Architect Series windows, in-home washer/dryers and floor to ceiling windows and private roof decks in select homes. Prices range from one-bedroom’s starting in the $2,400’s, two-bedroom’s starting in the $3,200’s, and three-bedroom’s starting in the $4,500’s. Ten of the 59 units are live/work style apartments and a gallery is located on the second base floor with an entryway on the first.

The Artisan is conveniently located near the last express bus stop before Manhattan, making the ride to the city a mere 15 minutes. The development is also adjacent to the 14th Street viaduct beautification project, which will provide green space and pedestrian throughways leading directly to 1400 Clinton Street and 1440 Grand Street upon completion.

Interiors within the residences boast premium custom kitchen finishes and fixtures, including contemporary Modena cabinetry with a custom wine rack, stainless steel pulls and soft close drawers, eggshell Ceasarstone countertops, premium Bosch stainless steel appliances, and polished chrome Kohler fixtures. Spa-like master bathrooms feature contemporary Modena vanity, Lagos Blue Ceasarstone vanity tops and backsplashes, and polished chrome Kohler fixtures.

Argo Real Estate is one of New York City’s longest-standing independent real estate companies. For more than half a century, Argo has set the standard for hands-on, consumer-focused, and ethical service as an owner/manager, third-party manager, and broker. Its portfolio includes residential and commercial holdings in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and New Jersey, with 5,500 units owned and managed by Argo, and 6,500 units managed on behalf of condominiums and cooperatives. The firm also specializes in converting buildings and has successfully transitioned numerous residential rentals to cooperatives and condominiums, covering all aspects from design, renovation and sales. Argo and its staff, many of whom have been with the company for decades, maintain a hands-on, client-driven philosophy. Mark Moskowitz leads the firm, which was founded in 1952 by his father Henry Moskowitz (1906-2008). www.argo.com

Alpine Development is led by William Rosato and specializes in high-quality, urban, multi-family developments. Mr. Rosato has over 20 years of experience in planning, designing and building residential developments, and has developed over 1,000 residential units in Hoboken over the past 10 years. www.alpinedevelopment.co

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Hoboken to the burbs

Hoboken to the burbs

Many people move to Hoboken from the outskirts of the NYC metro area so they can “live the city life.” Living in Hoboken has its share of upsides: Bustling night life, proximity to the “big city” and jobs, communal living amongst others and relative ease in transportation (without need for a car).

However, on the flip side, many people are also making the transition from “Hoboken to the burbs!” Those upsides include: Land, privacy, lower taxes, peace and quiet, better schools, and much more space.

To help people with their decision to vacate the flood-plain birthplace of baseball, Hoboken real estate agent Brian Murray has created the “Hoboken to the Burbs” seminar – along with a bus to schlep you around! (First bus leaves this weekend – Saturday, March 29th!)

Hoboken to the burbs

The “Hoboken to the Burbs” seminar gets wheels

On Saturday March 29th, the inaugural HOBOKEN to the BURBS Bus Tour leaves from the corner of 4th and Washington Streets at 9:15am to visit properties in Summit and Chatham – two of NJ’s most popular suburbs. Guided by top real estate agents from those areas, it’s a great way to start a home search because buyers can learn more and see more than they ever could on their own.

Just like the original seminar series, attendees can benefit from an expert’s account of the different towns, taxes, commutes, communities, prices, parks, etc. On these unique tours, as the bus visits several listings (some of which may be exclusives and all of which will be chosen specifically for a personalized experience), attendees can see first-hand how the location, features and condition of the house can affect the market value, and learn about the different types of homes for sale in these markets. Along the way, the suburban specialists will answer questions and point out the key areas and amenities – that may be essential in deciding where to live within a given town. As Stan Kay of Keller Williams Premier Properties, explains “Many buyers that go to an open house miss half of the town and seem overwhelmed with choices. This seminar is an easy way for families to reduce that stress, get the information they need, work with a team of top agents, and ultimately understand which town is the best fit for them.”

Tour homes with local experts in Summit, Chatham & Westfield

There is a second bus tour planned for April 12 to the Westfield area at 9am (both tours return to Hoboken by 1pm), then the HOBOKEN to the BURBS Bus Tour won’t hit the road again until the Fall of 2014. Sponsored by Amber Sky Mortgage VP and 13-year veteran of the mortgage banking industry, Joe Berg, who immediately saw the potential for home shoppers. “Buying a home is one of the most important life decisions, I am honored to help support an innovative program that offers an expanded platform of information and a team-integrated approach to help families have a smooth transition to the burbs.”

To RSVP, email Bus@HOBOKENtotheBURBS.com or visit HOBOKENtotheBURBSBusTour.com. Keep in mind that seating is limited and the sooner you register the more personalized the seminar will be.

About HOBOKEN to the BURBS

Conceived by Hoboken Realtors, Todd Filipps & Brian Murray, HOBOKEN to the BURBS is an informational Q&A session focusing on the suburban towns that many Hobokenites move to, and has helped over 150 people since the program started November 2012. The next scheduled (original) HOBOKEN to the BURBS seminar is Thursday, April 24 at 6:30pm. For more information on any of these programs, you can visit HOBOKENtotheBURBS.com or call the team directly @ (800) 355-1333.

BUS Tours:

  • Saturday, March 29 – Summit / Chatham areas
  • Saturday, April 12 – Westfield areas


  • Trip is from 9am to 1pm.

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Maxwell Place Rumblings

So – what’s happening at Maxwell Place in Hoboken?

Maxwell Place retail rumors in Hoboken NJ La IslaThe third phase of Maxwell Place uptown is pretty much done. Sidewalks and roads open, and the last bits and pieces of the building are being wrapped up. But what about the street-level retail? All that open space ripe for the taking!

We recently discovered that Bright Horizons Family Solutions was expanding their kiddie care center. But what else? Buzz on the street at the moment is:

  • La Isla will be opening a second more upscale Cuban Restaurant. Heard from a reliable source. If accurate, this will be a huge score for uptown residents, as the culinary choices are narrow.
  • A Doctor’s office will be opening next door to the current leasing center. Unsure of the area of practice – but my gut is betting on something related to parenting or OB-GYN? Just a guess, though.
  • And lastly – and purely a “street rumor,” but a friend of mine said a construction worker told them another Starbucks is going in. While two Starbucks practically next to each other is next to impossible (except in NYC), the idea of Starbucks MOVING to a bigger location doesn’t seem unreasonable. The current space is way over-crowded (especially with the double-stroller SUV’s blocking everyone!) We’ll see if that pans out…

What do you think is “much needed” in this area?

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Hoboken Open House: March 9th 1-3pm

Featured Hoboken Open House Event for Sunday, March 9th

In the market? Below are some featured Hoboken Open House events you can add to you calendar this weekend.

Hoboken Open Houses Sunday March 9 2014

636 5th Street – “Ariel Square”

Open House: Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 1pm to 3pm

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to move right in to this pristine and bright, 750 sq ft, 1 bedroom condo in an incredibly well-maintained elevator building “Ariel Square” with indoor deeded parking.
This highly desirable unit defines comfortable elegance with beautiful crown moldings, 9-foot ceilings and bamboo floors throughout. The spacious, bright and airy layout feels much larger than the square footage and boasts a generous living room, recessed lighting and balcony with full sliding glass doors overlooking a common courtyard with BBQ.

Large bedroom with California-style ample closet space and open kitchen with Caesar stone breakfast bar, glass tile backsplash and stainless steel GE appliances, including dishwasher.

All the amenities you desire include a large capacity washer and dryer in unit, central air & heat, full service gym, keyless entry and state of the art camera intercom system. Close to light rail, shopping, parks and NYC bus.

For more information or to schedule a private appointment, contact Judith Marciano at 201.736.5165 or Cynthia Samaris at 201.344.5828, licensed NJ Realtors at Empire Realty Group in Hoboken.

PRICE: $410,000
LINK: 636 5th Street – Unit 306

If you’re a Realtor or FSBO and want your open house listed? Email Hoboken411.

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