2014 Aug 18th

NECESSARY to have Residential Structures as High at 15 to 16 stories in Hoboken???

I received an email from the developers of the proposed high-rise rental building at 1300 Jefferson Street.  They are again going before the city to request a zoning variance in order to build higher than the permitted 6 stories.
According to their own letter, buildings of 15 or 16 stories are “not particularly an issue on these blocks on the very edge of town”.  Not particularly an issue?  Says whom?  Where does one even begin to take issue with that statement?  Do the people who own homes at the Upper Grand have an issue with it?  I would bet most do.  Do people living in Hoboken who drive in rush hour traffic have an issue?  What about those who use the sewer system?  I could go on but you can see for yourself the mind-boggling disregard for the effect this sort of development has on the surrounding community in their own words below.  Why, one might ask, is it “necessary” to build as high at 16 stories for Hoboken to have a bowling alley or other recreational facilities?  Do they mean to say that in order for us to maximize our profit in the project, if we tell you we will give you any recreational space, you must give us an extra 10 stories of apartments to rent???  Doesn’t one typically pay to go bowling or rock climb?  So these recreational facilities are not some kind of gift to the neighborhood.  They are to be for-profit businesses which should stand on their own, no?  Will they be built when the similarly promised tennis courts and swimming pools other developers told Hoboken we would be getting are finished?  Oh, wait, that never actually happened.  Do we want more rental units this large?  Or do developers prefer to build rentals to condos because they get their financing more easily, take their profits quicker and out?  Just some things to think about.
Hello All,
Just a reminder that if you haven’t already completed the City’s survey for the Western Edge Redevelopment Zone, tomorrow is the closing date.  For all of you that want to see more indoor recreational venues in Hoboken, please complete the survey at http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/darlene-2/western-edge/ .  Note you will have to write in request for bowling and rock climbing.  Also note that in order to devote as much area of a block to low rise areas like these indoor activities, it will be necessary to have residential structures as high as 15 to 16 stories, not particularly an issue on these blocks on the very edge  of town.   Finally, please remember that Wednesday, August 20th is the date for the public hearing on the direction of the redevelopment plan for this Zone.  The City takes very seriously the feedback from the community and if you want your voice to be heard, and your interests to be represented, please attend the meeting:
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Multi Service Center conference room
124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ
We hope to see you all there!
Best regards,
Hany Ahmed and Mark L Villamar
So yes, as they say, please attend the meeting and let the City (the developers don’t even realize we are a City, not a town) know how you feel about it.

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2014 Aug 15th

The Hoboken & Downtown JC Open House Google Map for Saturday, August 16th & Sunday, August 17th, 2014

The Original and Best Open House Google Map!


Courtesy of the Turoff Realty Team

No need to register! No form to fill out!

Just click on the map below to see every Open House in Hoboken this weekend:


Click HERE to see the Downtown Jersey City Open House Map

When you look at the maps, place markers are color coded:

  • Studios & 1BRs are red
  • 2BRs are green
  • 3BRs & Bigger are yellow
  • New listings are marked with a Push Pin icon (in the same color scheme.)

Click the “Address”, “Price” “Bed” or “Details” columns to sort the list of open houses in ascending or descending order.

Click on the location marker for:

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2014 Aug 14th

An Actual Hoboken Real Estate Conversation

Last week, a property was listed in the MLS as an 800 square foot 2 bedroom.    There was no floor plan provided, though the capacity to provide one right on the MLS exists and we always do.  From the photos, it was impossible to tell what the layout was like, and there were no pictures of the second bedroom.  My buyer was interested in seeing it but asked me about the second bedroom.  Having sold a unit in that building years ago, I was pretty sure that it was not a true 2 bedroom.  I suspected that the second “bedroom” was actually the little, half-room which is above the entrance hallway on the main floor.  This little room is often used as an office or a nursery as it will fit a crib but it is not typically large enough for a full sized bed.

First, I called the listing agency to request a floor plan.  I was told none was available.  This is interesting because there is a Master Deed for every condo unit and in that Master Deed, is a floor plan for every unit in the condo association.  So one was available, but this agent didn’t have it or hadn’t bothered to ask the seller for it.    So I texted the listing agent.  The conversation went like this:

Me:  “Is 123 Main St. a true 2br or a railroad?  Is the 2nd BR the little room over the lobby?”

Listing Agent:  “2br”

Me:  “Right, but equal size BRs?”

Listing Agent:  “No”

Me:  “So is the second “bedroom” the small room above the entrance way on the parlor floor?”

Listing Agent:  “I dont know.  When you see it you will know”

Needless to say, my buyers didn’t care to see it.  What took me aback, however, is that this agent could not be bothered to answer a simple question from another agent.  I assume he couldn’t be bothered because the alternative is that he really didn’t know the layout of his own listing, which would be nothing less than a likely breach of fiduciary duty to his seller.  How do you not know the layout of your own listing?  Why haven’t you bothered to get a floor plan?  Does the seller of this property know that his or her agent is dealing with inquiries from agents in this callous manner?  If I were the seller and found out, I’d fire this agent immediately.  This makes me just crazy and gives ALL realtors a bad name.  Raise the bar, people!


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