Fort Lee vs. Bergen County: Which is The Best Place for Apartment Rentals?

Many people plan to move, but aren’t quite sure which neighborhood is the best to settle down in. It’s difficult when you’ve got such a big city like New York City which, of course, is amazing, but has so many locations you can barely choose one.

If you think Fort Lee and Bergen County are good places to live, you are on the right path. Both of them have a large list of advantages that makes it worthwhile when making the decision to move.

Okay, but you can’t live in both places, right? So let’s see which one really fits your needs, based on places of interest, landscape and architecture.

The architecture of Fort Lee, NJ apartments is very attractive; residences are modern with a unique style. Fort Lee apartments are ideal for those who love luxury and enjoy living in fashionable buildings. An example of one is The Modern, located at 800 Park Avenue, a unique building with the best views, fine finishes and all the amenities you could ever imagine.

At Fort Lee, you can find waterfront homes for sale or rent, a real luxury only a few can afford.

Rental apartments at Fort Lee are usually high, but really worth it. You are paying for a style of living that you deserve and that you dreamed of all your life.

You can enjoy many activities, such as visiting the Fort Lee Museum, the Fort Lee Historic Park, iPic Theatre Hudson Lights, and Constitution Park.

On the other hand, Bergen County offers its residents tranquil places to live, if they want, but with an easy commute to the city. Buildings in Bergen County are both luxurious and affordable, and you can also rent beautiful townhouses which represent the architecture of the area.

There are also many places you can visit and spend a nice afternoon with your friends or family:

At Hackensack Riverkeeper, you can practice canoeing and kayaking. It’s the perfect place for sports lovers or for taking your kids out for an adventure.

The Camp Glen Grey is a rustic campground that offers weekend overnight camping for those who love nature or want to spend an exciting time with family or friends.

Other points of attraction are the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum, known for its historic aircraft, and The Wine Makers Cellar, where you can make your own red or white wine from scratch!

It’s difficult to decide which place is the best to live, as both offer different attractions according to residents’ needs and interests. Whichever one you choose, you will be making the right decision. Good luck!

Astonishing Apartments in “New” Jersey City are Abundant

Astonishing Apartments in "New" Jersey CityThe height of luxury living has hit the Garden State with astonishing apartments in “New” Jersey City. Never before has the Jersey Shore seen such stylish, modern and luxurious apartments in New Jersey.

Apartments.com posted an abundance of available luxurious apartments in New Jersey, at 65 Bay Street, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07302. Located in the heart of Jersey City’s Powerhouse Arts District, Trump Bay Street offers white glove service, upscale amenities, and ultra-engaging community spaces. No expense was spared in order to create an unparalleled environment at Trump Bay Street. There’s an overindulgent screening room with seven flat screens TV’s, sports parlor, kid’s playroom, poker room, spa and sauna treatment rooms, observation deck, beautifully landscaped pool deck with a gorgeous outdoor swimming pool furnished with lounge chairs, umbrellas, sitting furniture, and breathtaking views of the Hudson River and Manhattan. Each luxury residence features mocha oak wood floors, expansive layouts, custom designed open kitchens, concrete Caesarstone countertops, quality stainless steel appliances, generous walk-in closets and in-home washer/dryer. One and two-bedroom rental residences are now available.

The One also offers luxurious apartments in New Jersey at 110 First Street and Warren Street, Jersey City in a quiet Waterfront community. The One is walking distance to the Metro Plaza Mall, the Harsimus Cove Light Rail Station and the Warehouse café where you can delight yourself with organic coffee and tea paired with creative panini and sweets in a rustic-industrial space. The One offers resort-style amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center including a yoga studio with complimentary yoga classes for residents, dedicated weight room, an outdoor swimming pool, private cabanas, golf simulator, two gaming rooms, children’s playroom and an astonishing community lounge with open party space and catering kitchen. The One invites you to take a tour and see for yourself all that The One has to offer. Contact them through their website for more information.

Do Rent Incentives Make Luxury Rentals in Manhattan More Affordable?

225 East 39th Street offers 2 months free rent on a 14 month lease When moving into a new apartment, everybody is looking to get some sort of deal to offset the cost of the monthly rent, but do these incentives really make a difference when it comes to your bottom line?

Concessions were offered on 29 percent of transactions involving luxury rentals in Manhattan in April 2017. Most of the concessions are centered around the amount of the monthly rent and the length of the lease. Does it really matter that you sign a 14 month lease, and pay for 12 months? When you are paying almost $5000 per month in rent, I think it does.

The second most popular concession involves the broker fee. If the landlord picks up the broker fee, the potential tenant saves an additional 10% of the annual rent. On that same amount of rent, the broker fee comes out to $6,000. That is an expense you won’t have to pay if you decide to stay put and renew your lease.

At 225 East 39th Street, there is a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment available with a listed price of $4256 per month when you sign a 14 month lease. The actual price of the apartment is $4965 per month for 12 months, but you get to live there for 2 months before you have to start paying rent. One would be wise to set aside at least a portion of the rent during those two months. The listing on Streeteasy.com also indicates you won’t be charged a broker fee.

At first, the incentive made sense to me, but then I sat down and really considered what was being offered. The advertisement makes it appear as though you are saving just over $700 per month, but in reality you are paying the original $4965 per month, you just have 2 months to prepare for it. In my mind, the incentives don’t make it more affordable, it just defers the amount you have to pay up front.

What happens when it is time to renew your lease? Do you get the same deal or do you have to renegotiate your lease terms?

 

BLDG Management Offers More Than Just Luxury Apartments in Jersey City NJ

The One Luxury Apartments Jersey City NJ Managed by BLDGAmerica’s richest real estate family doesn’t want you to know who they are…the Goldman family. Sol Goldman, a Brooklyn grocer’s son, built one of New York City’s great fortunes buying and selling real estate for more than half a century. During that time, Mr. Goldman quietly pieced together an empire of hundreds of properties worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Irving Goldman was Sol’s brother. Irving was an American anthropologist. He is known for his acute ability to reconstruct the worldviews and systems of thought of the indigenous peoples. However in 1965, Irving and Sol purchased the Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs, California, for a reported $9 million and sold it back nine years later to the original builders for an undisclosed price.

BLDG Management isn’t just a real estate investment firm, they provide property management services as well. One of BLDG Management’s recent undertakings is in Jersey City at 110 First Street. This building of luxury apartments in Jersey City NJ is known as The One. In the heart of Jersey City, there is a new standard for 21st century living and worth taking a look at, especially with its many amenities. Sitting on the waterfront, The One has features including but not limited to a game room with ping pong and pool/billiards tables, golf simulator, media theater room, private clubhouse with a catering kitchen, Sky Lounge with a kitchen and a deck, outdoor swimming pool with private cabanas and state-of-the-art fitness center with a yoga studio. The One’s 1 bedroom apartments range from $3,375 to $3,525 in rent per month and are approximately 770 square feet.  For more information about The One Apartments, shoot them an email to info@theonenj.com.

Lloyd Goldman, founder and president of BLDG Management, is consistently ranked as one of New York’s most powerful real estate investors. Goldman is heir to a real estate fortune built up by his father, Irving, and his uncle, Sol.

Comfortable Residences in Manhattan Sure Have Changed Since President Roosevelt

comfortable residences in manhattan have changesBack in 2001, the NY Times published an article on the changes occurring in Murray Hill – a Midtown Manhattan neighborhood known for its brownstones and low-rise residential community. Families such as the Tiffanys, the Morgans, the Rhinelanders and the Roosevelts once called Murray Hill home.

In 1905, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt lived close by Franklin’s mother, Sara Roosevelt, in the Murray Hill neighborhood. Murray Hill was concerned that their comfortable historic parish would be destroyed with the progress of high-rises being built.

In 2003, the Murray Hill Historic District was listed on the National Register, documenting a period of history from 1853 to 1953. At that time the district boundaries were selected to correspond to those properties that met the fifty year requirement for eligibility and listing, resulting in a smaller boundary within the greater Murray Hill neighborhood. In light of the passage of time and the now eligible stock of buildings from the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Murray Hill Historic District (Boundary Expansion) provides the opportunity to establish a boundary that unifies much of the neighborhood’s historic resources from a period of significance from 1853 to 1961.

Today, Murray Hill has a whole new look while still sustaining the historical legacy of this timeless neighborhood. Just imagine President Roosevelt coming back to his home today to see the house still there but it is now Hunter College’s Public Policy Institute and the skyline filled with new, high-rise structures surrounding his once community.

One of the fore-mentioned high-rises President Roosevelt would see today is House 39, located at 225 East 39th Street. House 39 offers top notch amenities including a concierge, a roof deck with cabanas and BBQ stations, an outdoor movie screen, a fireplace, bocce ball, shuffle board, a photo booth, a live-in superintendent, a children’s playroom, a curved swimming pool, a library, a fitness center, a driveway, a plaza, and courtyard garden.

The luxury apartments are probably the most comfortable residences in Manhattan. The exterior structure looks like it entered a pinball wizard contest with its many vertical façade strips that interrupt its very smooth, reflective façades.

Top 5 Green Restaurants Near Your Apartment in NYC

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I live in Chelsea and was wondering what were the best sustainable or healthy restaurants were in my hood. I came across this article on ecocult.com that features the best 24 sustainable restaurants in New York City.

Here’s what I found…

  1. Westville Chelsea, 246 West 18th Street (between 7th Avenue & 8th Avenue) – Fresh produce & locally sourced meats lead the list of ingredients. Great food, great prices, exceptional service and unique tasting dishes. You just have to try the brussel sprouts! Even if you hate them, these are not your average sprouts. From the bar, definitely try the green-colored prosecco lemonade cocktail.
  2. Bareburger Chelsea on 8th Avenue serves American (Traditional) and organic and all-natural burgers and salads on 153 8th Avenue. Eco-minded Bareburger features lots of exotic burgers – duck, boar, elk, bison and more. The onion rings delicious and the meats are lean but well cooked.
  3. Dirty Bird To Go at 204 West 14th Street (and 7th Avenue.) is an organic fried chicken joint also offering rotisserie chicken. Homemade sides include rich and creamy mac n’ cheese and a buttery garlic kale. Thirsty? Try the watermelon lemonade.
  4. The Grey Dog located at 242 West 16th St (between 7th & 8th Avenues) is a homey cafe luring locals for coffee, eggs, sandwiches and salads with a coffeehouse chill atmosphere. Veggie burger, avocado toast, salmon/avocado salad, tofu wrap with spinach, portobello mushrooms and ginger, the Grey Dog club, seafood gumbo, the Grey Dog breakfast, mustard brussel sprouts are just a few of The Grey Dog’s amazing things.
  5. Blossom Du Jour located at 259 West 23rd Street near 8th Avenue specializes in health-conscious (Kosher, Local/Organic, Vegan, and Vegetarian) eats, with a juice bar and serves vegan American fare including gluten-free options. Little Italy sandwich with soy meatballs, grilled un-chicken sandwich, vegan butterfinger shake, Midtown Melt, Beet Burger and the Protein Bowl with marinated kale, quinoa, black beans, lemon un-chicken, guacamole and tahini dressing are just a few of their healthy yummies.

With all this outstanding food surrounding you, why wouldn’t you live in Chelsea? And if you’re searching for green apartments for rent in NYC, check out EOS NoMad over at 100 West 31st Street. EOS NoMad is a new, modern, eco-friendly and magnificent 47 story glass tower. Top notch amenities for exercising your body, mind and spirit. And the best foods are available just around the corner.

Parkchester in Bronx NY is Getting Twenty-Three More Apartments for Rent

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Future site of 16 condos developed by Galaxy Towers Apartments

Two more additions to the Parkchester community in the southeast section of the Bronx are coming thanks to Galaxy Towers Apartments and New Haven Co. of NY. 1360 and 1364 Purdy Street will be the site of 16 new condominium units developed by Galaxy Towers Apartments, and 1358 Odell Street will have a mixed-use structure developed by New Haven Co. of NY.

Plans have been filed and the DOB Permit was issued in December 2016 for the first of two 4-story, 8-unit condos on Purdy Street in Parkchester. Galaxy Towers Apartments is working with architect, Michael Depasquale, to complete the project. The South building will cover 8,213 square feet, and each of the 8 units will be approximately 883 square feet. The North building will cover 6,654 square feet, and each of those apartments will be about 687 square feet. The construction will go up on a lot that is currently sitting empty. The two new buildings will be located just outside the Southeast corner of the 129-acres of land that make up the Parkchester Apartment Community between Starling Avenue and Westchester Avenue.

New Haven Co. of NY is working with Ling Li Architects on a mixed-use structure that will be developed at 1358 Odell Street in the Parkchester section of the East Bronx. The 6-story complex will have 4,400 square feet of commercial and community space on the bottom two floors and 7 apartment units on floors 3-6 that will be about 800 square feet each. The entire project will be just under 13,500 square feet.

The addition of new apartments for rent in Bronx NY seems to be increasing, but the need for affordable housing in the area still outweighs the number of units available. There is no completion date set for either of the new projects being developed in the Parkchester section.

5 Things You Must Expect to Feel Comfortable in Your Residence in Manhattan

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When looking for an apartment in Manhattan, there is more to consider than just the view (though that can be important!). There are several factors that play into a healthy, comfortable living space, and today we’ll go over five of them.

First is security. While the probability that something will happen to you in Manhattan actually isn’t that high, it always makes you more comfortable and at ease knowing that the building’s security systems are up to current standards and that you’ve got a doormen looking out for you. That little extra can put your mind at ease about your belongings and children or pets.

Now, for numbers two through five, we’ll look at amenities. These can vary a lot, but you want good quality amenities because they will affect the quality of your life. When you find an interesting apartment ad, be sure to visit the building’s website. house39.com is a good example of a quality apartment building that provides pictures and details on amenities

Number two is a pool. One popular amenity that everyone looks for is a pool. This is a bonus for anyone. Some places have rooftop pools, others have hot tubs… it’s a pretty standard amenity for comfortable residences in Manhattan.

Number three is a library. This is definitely one to consider if you can find it. Who wouldn’t want to just escape and read a book every once in a while? Or even with their kids. It’s a great, sometimes never-thought-of option.

Number four is a fitness center. Feeling comfortable will always be easier when keeping yourself healthy is easy. Having a gym or fitness center with classes is something that everyone should look for when finding an apartment because you’ll never have excuses to NOT exercise.

And, number five, entertainment options. Game and movie rooms are popular these days – from billiards to ping-pong to mini theaters, you can find most any entertainment right in your building.

When choosing an apartment in Manhattan, choose one that will make you feel most comfortable and at home when you walk in the door.

When it Comes to apartments for Rent in the Bronx, Avoid those with Murdering Landlords

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Visitors to New York City often think they have to worry about crime. They may be afraid of riding the subway or getting into and out of a taxi. New Yorkers know that the city is pretty safe, but most keep their eyes open and are wary of talking with strangers. But it’s a rare person who is wary of their landlord. Maybe they should be though, because for one tenant, death was the result of some unpaid rent.

If you are looking for Bronx NY apartments for rent and find one through landlord Taha Mahran, it might be worth it to skip that listing. You see, Mahran is 51 and recently was charged with murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. Mahran arrived at the 45th Precinct with bloody clothing on his body, stating he had stabbed a man 20 times. That man, Zakir Kahn, was 44 and a resident of an apartment on Logan Avenue. The reasoning, according to Mahran, was that Kahn had not paid rent and was trying to scam his landlord.

However, community members tell a different story, calling Kahn a respected real estate agent and hardworking father. The point they do agree on is that rent had been an issue between Kahn and his landlord for over a year.

The fact remains that renting from a landlord with a history of issues over rent and recent charges involving murder is not the ideal situation for anyone. Therefore, during your search for Bronx apartments, it may be worthwhile to keep looking when it comes to anything with Taha Mahran’s name in the landlord slot.

Safety and peace of mind are important in any scenario involving your home. It is even more important that your landlord be approachable and reasonable, not knife-wielding and dangerous.

Give yourself a better chance at success by avoiding any landlord with a criminal record, but particularly make sure to avoid those who have killed tenants that lived in their residences before you.