The Gold Coast’s best-kept secret is out.
With a tempting new tax rate reduction and the just-announced expansion of Waterfront Recreational Park, the cliffside town of Weehawken, N.J., finds itself in the spotlight like never before. Of course, those in the know have put their roots down here for years, enjoying the convenience and great views similar to Jersey City and Hoboken, but at a fraction of the cost, with a fraction of the crowds.
Two modern boutique communities, 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial and Henley on Hudson, bring to life Weehawken’s unique hybrid urban/suburban lifestyle. They offer residents plentiful access to all the things today’s pace demands, with generous indoor and outdoor amenity packages and dramatic views from a bustling waterfront setting.
These communities’ locations, just minutes away from the Port Imperial ferry terminal and light rail station, take the headaches out of commuting. But it’s not just the workday experience that’s elevated. Playtime also gets an upgrade thanks to the nearby Waterfront Recreational Park.
In December, officials approved a 3.5-acre, $10.5 million expansion of the space, adding an aquatic complex with a recreational pool, water slide, whirlpool, and a six-lane lap pool with spectator stands. The enhancements, which are slated to open in 2019, will also include a great lawn overlooking the city, a sand volleyball court, basketball court, and an 11,200-square foot pavilion that will feature ice skating in the winter.
Of more practical concern for potential Weehawken residents is the tax rate, which was the subject of no small controversy during the recent revaluation, the first adjustment to tax rates in 30 years. When the dust settled though, Weehawken’s rate was reduced from 2.23 percent to 1.49 percent — making it one of the lowest property tax rates in Hudson County. The new rate will go into effect July 1.
1200 Avenue at Port Imperial is the second phase of the Avenue Collection, standing seven stories high, with a glass exterior accented by metal and brick panels. Its amenity list reads more like that of a luxury hotel, starting with a grand salon lobby. There’s also a screening room for movie nights, a library lounge for productivity, and a fitness center with saunas, steam showers, and locker rooms, as well as state-of-the-art equipment.
A landscaped plaza on the third floor offers relaxation in the form of a sun shelf swimming pool complemented by a sun deck and pool house with catering bar and restrooms. On dry land, relax in the green surroundings of the open lawn and garden spaces. After dark, the fire pit beckons for good conversation and s’mores, although not necessarily in that order.
The Skyline social room on the seventh floor is a lounge perfect for relaxation or gatherings, with a catering kitchen and a bar, along with several cozy nooks, sound system, and television — not to mention New York City views.
1200 Avenue at Port Imperial has been equipped for comfort and convenience, with concierge services, cold storage, controlled access, bike storage and an enclosed parking garage.
The residences offer thoughtful conveniences and upscale finishes and appointments. Most of the 103 homes take full advantage of their city views with private balconies and terraces in addition to the oversized windows.
Kitchens include GE Monogram appliances, a glass and steel mosaic tile backsplash, Spazzi Luz and Modena cabinets, built-in wine coolers, and Caesarstone or Italian porcelain countertops with waterfall edges.
Bathrooms include dual-vanity Kohler sinks set in Caesarstone counters, Spazzi vanity cabinets, Robern medicine cabinets, and Kohler fixtures including a soaking tub with a waterfall spout, a Loure series faucet including a handheld shower spray, and a San Souci touchless toilet.
Down the block, Henley on Hudson offers many of the same luxury finishes. Its signature amenity is The Club at Henley, a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse with a gaming and billiards lounge, screening room, fitness center, yoga and Pilates studio, and children’s playroom. Outside are an infinity edge swimming pool and an outdoor patio with fire pit.
Like its sister property, Henley on the Hudson offers residents remarkable Hudson River and New York City skyline views, with balconies and terraces available in most homes.
Henley on Hudson offers one- to three-bedroom homes with 1,165 to 1,998 square feet of space from $875,000 to $2.5 million. 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial’s two- and three-bedroom homes range from 1,431 to 3,139 square feet and are priced from $1.4 to $3.75 million.