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December 19, 2013

Mayor Zimmer to Recognize Hoboken’s First Leed Platinum Residental Building at 1pm Today

Recently reelected Mayor Dawn Zimmer is generally supportive of green initiatives that make our city more sustainable. Here is an example of a private developer Bijou Properties  being recognized for more environmentally compatible development being completed and recognized, namely the Hoboken Edge Lofts….

Mayor Zimmer to Recognize Hoboken’s First Leed Platinum

Residental Building at 1pm Today

Edge Lofts Hoboken Platinum Leed Certifed

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer will participate in a ceremony on Thursday, December 19th at 1 p.m. to recognize Edge Lofts being awarded LEED® Platinum Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievement in green homebuilding and design.  Edge Lofts is the first residential building in Hoboken to receive LEED® Platinum certification — the highest level in USGBC’s LEED for Homes program.  The ceremony will bet at 1422 Grand Street in Hoboken, NJ.

Joining Mayor Zimmer will be principals of developer Bijou Properties and Steven Winter, former Chairman of the USGBC.  The event will include details on the boutique rental building’s sustainable design, the importance of green development in urban settings and Bijou Properties’ ongoing efforts to promote a healthier lifestyle and cleaner environment within the City.

Edge Lofts has been designed and built to raise the bar for sustainable design and building practices in Hudson County and beyond.  The building’s south façade will be covered by a living wall of ivy to provide thermal, acoustical and aesthetic benefits, while architectural sunshades reduce direct sun absorption at the southern corners.  A 25kW (kilowatt) photovoltaic array produces onsite clean energy to offset common area energy use.    Edge Lofts’ 35 residences — which are fully leased — include fresh air filtration systems, open cell spray foam insulation for maximum air and moisture control, superior sound insulation, zero VOC paint, reclaimed antique oak flooring, kitchen and bathroom tiles made with recycled contents, and Frigidaire Energy Star® appliances.  The building is also Energy Star® Certified and is a 100% smoke-free environment.

Bijou Properties designs, develops & manages the highest quality sustainable buildings and has become a recognized leader in the field of green development along the Hudson Waterfront.  Recent projects include Garden Street Lofts (NJ’s First LEED® Gold Residential Highrise) and The Hostess Factory, a 42,000 square-foot retail restoration including a 20,000 square-foot Green Roof.  Currently under construction is Park Place, a 12-story building located at 1415 Park Avenue on the north end of Hoboken that will feature 212 rental residences, 13,000 square feet of retail space, 32,000 square feet of educational space and a six level parking garage. The $131-million project was designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification.  The project recently received a 2013 Smart Growth Gold Award from the Hudson County Planning Board.

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December 17, 2013

Editor’s Note: TheBoken.com Had Some Family Business To Attend To

Filed under: Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 1:20 PM

Middle Grove Road Home

Dear Boken.com Readers:

This site has not been as active as it normally has been in recent weeks due to a combination of work related deadlines and my parents needing major help due to declining health. Getting old is not easy but the alternative is even worse (not getting old).  I know  I am not the only person to go through something like this but I want to thank the many Hoboken people I have spoke to about it to get some perspective and understanding. Thanks for the support.

There may not be much I can do about my parents health but I think I have found them a better place to live for the short time they have left or before they need assisted living. It will be a 1st floor apartment two blocks from the hospital in Saratoga Springs, NY if their rental application is approved. Once I get them moved out the plan would be to sell their farmhouse that needs a ton of interior work. The location is just 10 minutes from Saratoga Springs NY so I think ultimately it will have appeal to a NYC area buyer. There are 6 1/2 acres with the property and creek access to the Kaydeross creek that feeds Saratoga Lake. I feel that the property and location near the track are the keys to the value of this property. It won’t be easy for me to sell emotionally but I know it is the right thing to do for my parents. Any future takers?

Above and below are some photos of the property and house. Wish me luck as I attempt to throw away 45 years of accumulation and get my mother 100% on board with downsizing…

Middle Grove Road Creek

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October 30, 2013

Edge Lofts in Hoboken Recieves LEED Platinum Certification – Congratulations

Filed under: Hoboken,real estate — Tags: , , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 12:45 PM

TheBoken.com’s editor supports innovative developers in principle and here is an example of innovative construction just completed in Hoboken with a modern style.

BIJOU PROPERTIES’ EDGE LOFTS

RENTAL BUILDING IN HOBOKEN

RECEIVES LEED® PLATINUM CERTIFICATION

Upscale Six-Story Building First Residential Development

To Receive LEED® Platinum Certification in Hoboken, NJ

Edge Lofts Hoboken #1 10-29-2013

Bijou Properties announced today that Edge Lofts, its new luxury rental building in Hoboken, N.J., has been awarded LEED® Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievement in green homebuilding and design.

Located at 1405 Clinton Street, the six-story building is the first Hoboken residential development to achieve LEED® Platinum certification — the highest level in USGBC’s LEED for Homes program.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by the USGBC and to become LEED-Platinum certified,” says Lawrence Bijou, managing partner of Bijou Properties.  “Edge Lofts has been designed and built to raise the bar for sustainable design and building practices in Hudson County and beyond.  It is an excellent example of how urban buildings can promote a cleaner, healthier lifestyle for residents while positively impacting the environment.  We’re proud of this important achievement which reflects the company’s dedication to green building leadership.”

Designed by Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects, Edge Lofts features a distinctive brick- and-glass exterior.  The south façade will be covered by a living wall of ivy to provide thermal, acoustical and aesthetic benefits, while architectural sunshades reduce direct sun absorption at the southern corners.  The building’s 35 residences — which are fully leased — include fresh air filtration systems, open cell spray foam insulation for maximum air and moisture control, superior sound insulation, zero VOC paint, reclaimed antique oak flooring, kitchen and bathroom tiles made with recycled contents, and Frigidaire Energy Star® appliances.  The building is also Energy Star® Certified and is a 100% smoke-free environment.

Additional amenities and services include a virtual doorman system, a 2,500 square-foot landscaped common terrace, a residents’ lounge with WiFi, flat screen TV, kitchenette and wet bar and a children’s play area; a package room for deliveries and cold storage area, bicycle racks and an on-site parking garage.  Edge Lofts also features 1,250 square feet of ground floor retail space, as well as dedicated artist and gallery space.

The team of professionals that worked on Edge Lofts includes developer Bijou Properties, LEED Consultant Steven Winter Associates, MEPS Engineer Dagher Engineering, and Structural Engineer Cates Engineering.

For additional information on Edge Lofts, please call 201-963-1405 or visit www.EdgeLoftsHoboken.com.

Edge Lofts Hoboken #2 10-29-2013

About Bijou Properties:

Founded in 1999 in Hoboken NJ, Bijou Properties designs, develops & manages the highest quality sustainable buildings and has become a recognized leader in the field of green development along the Hudson Waterfront.  Recent projects include Garden Street Lofts (NJ’s First LEED® Gold Residential Highrise) and The Hostess Factory, a 42,000 square-foot retail restoration including a 20,000 square-foot Green Roof.  Currently under construction is Park Place, a 12-story building located at 1415 Park Avenue on the north end of Hoboken that will feature 212 rental residences, 13,000 square feet of retail space, 32,000 square feet of educational space and a six level parking garage. The $131-million project was designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification.  The project recently received a 2013 Smart Growth Gold Award from the Hudson County Planning Board.

More information can be found on the company website: www.bijouproperties.com

About USGB:

The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, USGBC has grown to more than 18,000 member companies and organizations and a comprehensive suite of LEED green building certification systems. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations all sharing USGBC commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Visit www.usgbc.org for more information.

About LEED for Homes:

LEED for Homes is a third-party certification system for building and designing high-performance green homes that are energy-and-resource-efficient and healthy for its occupants.  Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in eight categories of environmental performance: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Awareness & Education. To date, more than 18,000 units have achieved certification with LEED for Homes program, and over 75,000 have registered and are in process.  For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/homes.

 

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June 19, 2013

FEMA Releases Updates to Preliminary Flood Work Maps Which Includes Hoboken

Attention Hoboken residents and prospective buyers. FEMA has recently updated their preliminary flood maps for four counties in the New Jersey area and this includes Hudson County of which Hoboken is a part of. FEMA released this statement on June 17, 2013:

FEMA Releases Preliminary Work Maps

for Four New Jersey Counties

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency is releasing preliminary work maps for four New Jersey counties heavily impacted by Superstorm Sandy – Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean and Atlantic.

The preliminary work maps for those counties will replace the Advisory Base Flood Elevation maps because they reflect a more precise modeling analysis of current flood hazards, including wave analysis, and a more detailed study of other specific conditions that could affect flood risk.

FEMA is working closely with New Jersey’s local and state officials to provide the most accurate updated flood risk information to those individuals who need it as they make decisions about rebuilding their homes.

Revision of these maps is an ongoing process leading to the final Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The final maps will incorporate previous data and add more details about specific flood risk conditions in communities throughout the state, with a priority placed on those in coastal areas facing the highest risk.

Before Superstorm Sandy struck, FEMA was in the process of updating flood hazard maps for
the New Jersey coast.

Soon after Sandy, FEMA released Advisory Base Flood Elevations which incorporated much of
the information contained in the study already under way.

Because Sandy had reshaped the coastline, not all the earlier information was applicable. The Advisory Base Flood Elevations represented the best information available at the time, and served as a guide for those who wanted to rebuild as soon as possible.

Additional information about the coastal mapping efforts and Hurricane Sandy recovery can be found on the Region 2 Coastal Analysis Mapping website: http://www.region2coastal.com.

At one point Hoboken and surrounding areas had been categorized as having much it in a category V Flood Zone which would have substantially  increased flood insurance rates. It appears that some amount of political pressure was applied to reduce the number of areas in category V flood zones including the interior of Hoboken. A quick look at the map and just about everything West of Washington Street is in a flood zone which is consistent with what happened during Hurricane Sandy. ” – End of FEMA release

The revised maps are based on a 100-year storm (i.e. a storm with a 1% chance of occurring each year), are only the latest iteration in the agency’s ongoing process of creating final Flood Insurance Rate Maps. This is something to be mindful of when purchasing a brownstone or condo in Hoboken.

Hoboken FEMA Updated Flood Map

Link to updated FEMA maps: http://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=2f0a884bfb434d76af8c15c26541a545


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June 3, 2013

Hoboken Photo of the Day – Garden Street Row Houses

Filed under: Hoboken,Photo Of The Day — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 12:10 PM

8-9 Garden Street Hoboken HDR #1 5-26-2013 smaller

TheBoken.com spent this weekend on the Jersey Shore but is glad to be back in Hoboken rain storm and all. Here is a recent shot of the steps of some row houses on Garden Street between 8th and 9th Street in Hoboken.

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May 3, 2013

Sunday Bagels at Boutique Realty May 5th from 10am -1pm

Filed under: Hoboken,real estate — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 7:00 PM

20130503-162720.jpgTony Soares, a long time resident and real estate agent from Boutique Realty s hosting a Sunday breakfast on the patio located at 537 Garden Street Hoboken, NJ. Tony leverages the in-house marketing prowess of his firm plus he has an extensive virtual Rolodex of interior designers and contractors in the area. The event runs from 10am-1pm this coming Sunday May 5th.

The real estate market is hot in Hoboken right now for both rentals and sales. It couldn’t hurt to gain a bit of knowledge and a free breakfast to boot. Boutique Realty has a nicely designed modern office as well that gives them a unique look in a crowded filed of local realtors. As for this editor, while selling my place right now might seem tempting given the astronomical prices, I am staying put. I love Hoboken too much. Apparently many would be buyers do too.

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January 26, 2013

Photos of the Day–Castle Point Homes and Fraternities-Sororities

Filed under: Hoboken,Photo Of The Day — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 6:05 PM

Castle Point in Hoboken Nice Home Series #1 HDR

Today’s Hoboken Photos of the Day are selected homes/fraternities/sororities on Castle Point Road using HDR.

Castle Point in Hoboken Nice Home Series #2 HDR

Castle Point in Hoboken Nice Home Series #3 HDR

Castle Point in Hoboken Nice Home Series #4 HDR

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July 26, 2012

Enter the Worst Roomate Ever Story Contest – Deadline is August 1st!

Filed under: Hoboken,real estate — Tags: , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 4:05 PM

Darren Giordano of Prime Real Estate Group, the Hobokengirl.com as well as late comer www.theboken.com  are teaming up on a 3 part series on the Evolution of the Hoboken Resident. Darren will discuss tips and on how to obtain that first apartment to becoming a first time Buyer in the Mile Square City. As part of the first series, Darren the Hobokengirl and TheBoken.com  are putting a contest together for anyone who can tell the best “Worst Roommate Ever” story. To enter the contest and learn a few things about the Hoboken Real Estate market, see below and enter to win!

 To Enter the Worst Roomate Ever Story Contest:

Email hobokengirlblog@gmail.com your worst (funny doesn’t hurt either) roommate story (200 words max) by August 1st!

Winner gets a $100 towards any Hoboken store or boutique! Courtesy of Hoboken Girl and Darren Giordano

Now, here are  few roommate/rental tips from Darren, seasoned Hoboken resident and realtor, as part of his

Evolution of the Hoboken Resident” Series:

I first moved to Hoboken in 2000. For $600 a month each, my two friends and I found a 3 bedroom on Tenth St between Garden and Park in an older brownstone apartment. It wasn’t the most luxurious place as my bedroom was around 10’ x 10’ with a closet in the living room. I didn’t care though, I was out of my parent’s house after college and I had my freedom back.

I was in what I call the “Just Happy to be Here” stage of my Hoboken life. I see these same wide eyed recent graduates all the time in my job as a Hoboken Realtor. Often I ask if they (the potential Hoboken renter) have any preference (“Uptown or Downtown, close to the PATH or is the West side of Hoboken okay?”). Mostly I hear…“I don’t care! I just want to get into Hoboken…oh and do you have any 2 bedrooms under $2300?” The price usually is the driving factor in the first move to Hoboken. If you are in this boat, here are a few suggestions:

1. Get a roommate. I don’t care if it’s a friend of a friend, a girl from the gym or an acquaintance from work, starting out after college is expensive. You need other people to split the utility and food bills, share furniture, and most importantly, split the rent. But, make sure you screen them beforehand — skype them, ask them questions about habits, see if they’re in a relationship, etc. You don’t want your new roomie bringing a 3rd roomie (her deadbeat boyfriend) who snacks on your carrots and hummus and plays x-box all day.

2. Have a game plan with a $ budget and where you want to live. When you start talking to Realtors, make sure your schedule is somewhat open so EVERYONE who will live in this apartment can view it. There is nothing worse than finding a great place and your roommate decided to go to Happy Hour instead of viewing the apartment with you. Trying to facetime with your potential roommate describing the place or taking an iPhone video and sending it never ends well and you lose the place to others who were more prepared (and came ready with their checkbook).

3. Have a few recommendation letters from your boss, a past landlord (if this isn’t your first place), anyone that will say good things about you. Usually just starting out you probably don’t have the best credit. But a letter can go a long way assuring the Landlord they aren’t about to rent to a recent graduate who emulated Project X for the last four plus years.

Once you’re ready to commit to living in Hoboken, be it renting or owning, make sure you contact Darren at 201-723-3300 & darren@primereg.com for all of your real estate needs! Make sure to “LIKE” Darren (Giomoves.com) and Hoboken Girl on Facebook and look out for PHASE TWO of the Evolution of the Hoboken Resident for more great real estate tips!

We’re thinking possibly another contest with prizes is in the works as well… maybe a massage, since you’re probably quite stressed out after reminiscing about your horrible past roommate experiences. Stay tuned!

If you’re in the first phase of “Just Happy to be Here”, below are a few pictures that you can expect your apartments to be…

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June 7, 2012

Hoboken Home Advisors Independent Real Estate Advisory Service Launches in Hoboken

Filed under: Hoboken,Hoboken Businesses,real estate — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 3:10 PM

Below is a note from Hoboken Home Advisors, a recently launched Independent Real Estate Advisory Service….

Hoboken Home Advisors recently launched in Hoboken and is serving Hoboken and the surrounding areas from the Gold Coast to Jersey City. Local residents access the free, independent resource that helps buyers, sellers and renters narrow the field of exceptional Real Estate professionals catering to their unique and specific needs. “The success of our business is solely dependent upon the exceptional service provided by professionals within our network and the feedback of residents who use us,” says founder Christopher Poreda.

Whether you’re buying, selling or renting a home in Hoboken, an informed decision to work with the right professionals is paramount to a successful real estate transaction. With over 1,000 Real Estate agents and hundreds of mortgage brokers and attorneys vying for your business in one square mile, choosing the right professionals is a daunting task. Even if you’ve conducted real estate transactions in the past, your needs today are unique and specific and working with the right expert is extremely important. Market conditions, lending, appraisals, etc. change constantly and the professional that’s right for you changes with them.

Hoboken Home Advisors cuts through the clutter and makes the process efficient and enjoyable. The advisory group is made up of long time Hoboken residents who have extensive experience in all facets of the Real Estate business. Detailed questionnaires and applications are available online and the site is updated regularly with local real estate news and events. To learn more visit: HobokenHomeAdvisors.com

 

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May 14, 2012

Maxwell Place Construction in Hoboken

Filed under: Construction,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 8:45 AM

Maxwell Place Construction HDR1

There is substantial construction going on at Maxwell Place in Hoboken  with another building going up as per original plans. Construction is scheduled to go until 2014 before completion of the new building. With Real Estate picking up in Hoboken again this seems like a logical time for the developer to complete the project build. The current residents and neighbors will have to learn how to put up with the construction for another 2 years.

Video-Photos- Maxwell Place Construction in Hoboken 5-13-2012:

Photos- Maxwell Place Construction in Hoboken 5-13-2012:

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