WEEHAWKEN, N.J. – Westfield residents Jim and Janice Harrington had for years entertained the idea of buying a second home in New York City, but perpetually high prices kept them from looking very seriously. This past summer, they discovered 1000 Avenue at Port Imperial in Weehawken, NJ, Lennar’s new collection of luxury condominium residences on the Hudson River waterfront, just a short ferry ride away from Manhattan.
With its spectacular views of the skyline, convenient access to the city and more favorable price point, the Harringtons decided this was just the opportunity they were looking for. The couple chose a three-bedroom, three-bath home with upscale designer finishes and beautiful northeast vistas of the Manhattan skyline. It’s become a weekend home for them, one that they can transition into a primary residence down the road if they decide to downsize from their suburban home.
“I liked the place as soon as I walked in,” said Dr. Harrington, an engineering professor at Rutgers University. “I liked the style, the modern nature of the building. And, of course, to have a home right on the Hudson River is terrific. They say if you have a view of water where you live it’s good for you. It’s very restful and meditative. I think that’s true. I can just stand in my living room and stare at the river any time I want, just watching the boats go by. To me, that’s a very relaxing experience.”
1000 Avenue at Port Imperial places the Harringtons just steps from the NY Waterway Port Imperial ferry terminal, which can whisk them across the river to midtown or downtown Manhattan in less than ten minutes. They love New York City, and frequently take advantage of the ferry, but most of their weekends have been spent on the New Jersey side of the river, exploring their surroundings.
The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway right outside the Harrington’s new address is ideal for both walking and biking, offering a park-like atmosphere and expansive skyline views. They plan to bike more often as the weather warms up and also take advantage of local art galleries, shops and restaurants. They enjoy dining at The Chart House, a popular seafood restaurant on a pier that extends into the Hudson River, and look forward to exploring the many dining options in nearby Hoboken.
“We also really enjoy the amenities the building offers. I especially like the health club and the sauna area. It has all of the best new equipment,” Dr. Harrington said. “The third floor outdoor landscaped deck is a nice place to spend time, too. We’re hoping the July 4th fireworks return to the Hudson River this year because that would be the perfect place to watch them from.”
One of the Harringtons’ favorite things about their new condominium is the numerous designer finishes and appointments found throughout the home. Those are attributes that all homes at 1000 Avenue at Port Imperial share. Brazilian Chestnut hardwood floors in main living areas and gourmet kitchens with a GE Monogram Appliance Suite including Pro Style Range, Avantium oven with SpeedCook Technology, direct vented Avantium hood to outside air exhaust, and an Energy Star®-rated refrigerator and dishwasher all come standard with each home. Kitchens also feature under-counter wine coolers in select residences, Spazzi European cabinetry in a raked wood finish with integral handles, DalTile marble kitchen floors and marble backsplash, and granite counter tops.
More than 70% of the residences at 1000 Avenue at Port Imperial have been sold. The remaining homes include one-, two- and three-bedroom floorplans ranging from 1,472 to 2,188 square feet of living space. The residences are currently priced from $900,000, with immediate occupancy available.
Designed by renowned Manhattan-based architect, Handel Architects, LLP, 1000 Avenue at Port Imperial strikes a dramatic pose along the Hudson River with its sleek, all-glass façade with metal panel accents. Large windows, private balconies/terraces and a dramatic third-floor outdoor plaza provide residents with desirable open-air space while maximizing the property’s spectacular sweeping views.
A private suite of amenities fosters an upscale hotel-like lifestyle within the intimate setting, including Concierge services, integrated building security system, a grand salon/lobby lounge with a fireplace, a social room looking out onto New York City that includes a fireplace, TV’s, multiple gathering areas and catering kitchen; a state-of-the-art fitness center with sauna and steam showers, cardio & strength equipment and a separate Yoga room; and a conference/boardroom. A third-floor outdoor plaza area features a convenience kitchen, open lawn and planting areas, seating areas, a fire pit, sundeck and cooling spray area. An enclosed parking garage affords many homes with two parking spaces. Residents also have access to two guest suites, available to guests of homeowners for a fee.
1000 Avenue at Port Imperial is part of The Avenue Collection Lennar is developing in the heart of the $2 billion master-planned Port Imperial community which stretches two miles of Hudson River waterfront across three municipalities. It offers residents access to a beautiful waterfront promenade with shops, restaurants, parks and an intermodal transportation system anchored by the Port Imperial Ferry terminal with service to midtown and downtown Manhattan.
The Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel and George Washington Bridge are minutes away, while the New Jersey Turnpike and Route 3 are easily accessible, as is NJ Transit bus service and the Hudson Bergen Light Rail.
For more information on 1000 Avenue at Port Imperial and to schedule a private tour of a furnished model home, visit http://www.theavenuecollectionnj.com, or call 201-210-0099. For more information on Lennar, visit http://www.lennar.com.