Chances are you live in or near Brooklyn for the vibrant street life and urban conveniences, but if you’ve been thinking about adding a, dare we say, suburban dimension to your lifestyle with a quieter setting, more open space and incredible amenities — while still enjoying an ultra-convenient commute to Manhattan — the Weehawken, N.J., waterfront should rank high on your list.
And if the tough decision to move out of your favorite New York City nabe includes the desire to move up to a luxury condominium building with hotel-like amenities and services, look no further than Avora. Even among deluxe waterfront developments in the New York area, Avora stands out.
Situated on a riverfront promenade surrounded by multiple parks and with unobstructed views of the Hudson River and midtown Manhattan skyline, Avora is a 184-unit, resort-style condominium building.
It is located in the heart of the $2 billion master-planned Port Imperial community that stretches along two miles of waterfront facing Manhattan — think Battery Park City-esque, with riverfront walkways, ballfields and green space, convenient public transportation and proximity to dining, shopping and nightlife.
Avora has one of the best locations within Port Imperial. Located at 800 Avenue at Port Imperial in Weehawken, N.J., it’s just a few steps from the New York Waterway Ferry Terminal, and midtown Manhattan is just an eight-minute boat ride away. Ferry service is also available to Pier 11 at Wall Street and World Financial Center.
For dining, shopping and entertainment, the Shops at Riverwalk, neighboring Hoboken and other options are nearby. Light rail is a stroll away.
You won’t need a car, in fact. But if you have one, there is plenty of parking.
Avora’s design stands out too. Sheathed almost entirely in glass, with striking lines and angles, the building and its dramatic lobby and outdoor recreation areas give off a modern, resort-style vibe. Award-winning architects IBI Group conceived a multi-tiered, stepped-back design to maximize the building’s waterfront location and spectacular views of midtown Manhattan and the Hudson River.
The focal point of the property is its resort-style third-floor outdoor plaza, boasting an outdoor pool, lounging areas, grills and a fire pit, all centered around unencumbered views of Midtown Manhattan. There’s an elevated amphitheater where residents and guests can sit and admire one of the most iconic skylines in the world.
In addition to the outdoor space, the property offers 30,000 square feet of indoor amenities, including a private screening theater, business center, elegant boardroom, a grand salon lounge with a bar and catering kitchen, on-site pet grooming, and a state-of-the-art strength and cardio fitness center.
The lobby, which is attended by a concierge 24 hours a day, provides another area for mingling with guests and residents.
And when you’re not at home, cold package storage allows residents to have groceries delivered any time. If you’re traveling, Avora offers a “While You’re Away” service. The staff takes care of packages, mail and any other needs residents may require while out of town.
As for residences, Avora offers one-, two- and three-bedroom homes — as well as a limited offering of duplex penthouses — all with Manhattan-quality finishes rarely found on this side of the river.
Chef kitchens come with Italian cabinetry, professional grade appliances, and marble countertops. Bathrooms have porcelain tile, Robern cabinetry, Kohler fixtures, and limestone baths. Many residences offer private balconies and terraces affording unimpeded New York City views.
While new rental buildings have dominated much of the marketplace, Weehawken has evolved as the location of choice for luxury condominium living in the area thanks to its waterfront setting, commuter convenience and mix of desirable urban and suburban qualities, explained Gabe Pasquale, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Landsea, Avora’s developer.
Many residents prefer Weehawken’s quiet nature, open space and convenience when compared to the building density and more urban characteristics of New York City, Pasquale added.
They also appreciate the significant value offered across the river. Avora’s residences are currently pre-construction priced from about $800,000 to more than $4 million, with initial occupancy slated for first quarter 2018. The building’s Phase I homes are 90 percent sold out, with many of the buyers coming from Manhattan, Brooklyn and beyond.
This trend will continue, believes Pasquale, as prices and rents in New York City continue to rise and Hudson Yards transforms the West Side into a major economic hub, luring employees and visitors to reside within proximity of the new mixed-use neighborhood.
For more information on Avora, visit www.AvoraLiving.com, or call 201-499-1638. The sales gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week and is located at 500 Avenue at Port Imperial, Weehawken, N.J., across from the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal. GMAP