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What Makes a Smart Home?

Everywhere you look, people are talking about smart homes, but what exactly does that mean? Imagine you go away for the weekend and on the way home, you click an app on your phone. You turn the heat on so your house is toasty when you get there. Your favorite lights are flipped on, along with some relaxing music and you check your door camera to see if that package you ordered was delivered. You stop at the store on the way home to grab some groceries, and quickly check the camera in the fridge to see if you are out eggs for breakfast. You pull into your driveway and before you even get out, you unlock your front door from your phone so you aren’t fumbling with your keys with hands full of luggage and groceries. Welcome to the world of smart homes.

Jumping in to buying gadgets for your home can be intimidating, so a great way to start is with a smart speaker. These are devices like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s HomePod, and the Google Home. You can set these up with little to no fuss. Most additional devices are compatible with these, so adding from here is effortless.

Smart Outlets are the next logical step. They plug in to any outlet and are already compatible with most smart speakers. They are also incredibly affordable with some starting at just $15. Plug in your favorite lamps or devices to control through your phone or Alexa. The best rated plug-in smart outlets right now are the WeMo Mini, the iHome iSP8, and the Geeni ENERGI.

The beauty of smart thermostats like Nest, Ecobee4, or the Emerson Sensi Smart, is that you can control the temperature in your home no matter where you are and from any device. It helps conserve energy and will lower your monthly heating and air bill. They even program themselves, so even those of us that are not as tech savvy have no need to feel intimidated. As you use your smart thermostat, it learns your habits and schedule and will tailor your home temps to your needs.

Smart Home

Here are a few more of our favorite gadgets for your home that will have you feeling like the future is here.

Smart Doorbells: These come with cameras that let you see who is at your door, are motion activated and will even record anyone who comes knocking. No more wondering what happened to that package that was supposedly delivered that afternoon.

Smart Locks: Forgot your keys? Need to let your Mother-in-Law in the house while you are out? Need your neighbor to let the dog out while you are stuck in traffic? No problem when you can unlock your door from remotely from your phone.

Smart Refrigerators: Not only do they have cameras inside that let you check what you have from your phone, but they also serve as a hub for your family, including everything from family messages boards, to the weather. You can even connect your tv to the fridge so you won’t miss any part of the big game when you get up to grab a snack.

Real Estate Tips

Ready to De-Clutter? Donate to These Places

One of the best ways to prep your home for sale is to spring clean. A de-cluttered home makes a big difference when it comes to first impressions and will help you sell your home more quickly and at a higher price. However, sorting through all of your worldly possessions can seem daunting, but knowing where to donate and what items are needed can be a huge help.

Clothing is one of the most common items donated and there are several different places around to take your gently used items. Our favorites are:

  • The Salvation Army – Maybe explain the items they take besides clothing?
    • 248 Erie St., Jersey City, NJ
    • 201.653.3071
    • Super convenient as they have a pull up/drop off area off of 15th Street (between Grove and Erie).  Just back your car in and hand your items off.
  • Donation Bins – These are a great option if you need a quick way to drop off items quickly
    • Jefferson & 3rd, Hoboken, NJ
    • 18 & Martin, Jersey City, NJ
  • The Hoboken Shelter – Sheltering 50 people nightly, serving 500 meals daily, and 1,000 showers weekly, this shelter is an incredible resource to the community and can use clothes as well as toiletries and food.
    • 300 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, NJ
    • 201.656.5069
  • Suits for Success – This organization doesn’t just give others suits for job interviews, but helps to coach them one-on-one on the interview process and etiquette, to give them the best chance at success possible. They also have a Career Center, Professional Development and Literacy Workshops.
    • 121-125 Newark Ave. 3rd Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302
    • 201.395.0202
  • Mary Advocates Thrift Store – St. Mary raises funds for healthcare and health education.
    • 536 Garden St. Hoboken, NJ, 07030
    • 201.795.2174

Sometimes it can be difficult to get out to a donation center to drop-off items, but luckily there are several organizations that will gladly schedule a time to pick up items from your home. This is ideal for larger furniture items.

Books are something that can make a space feel cluttered and are incredibly frustrating to move. It’s great to donate books you don’t think you will read again to free up shelf space (for more books, obviously), and lessen your load when you move. Consider taking your old books to one of these locations:

  • Symposia Bookstore and Community Center – The only store in the area that deals with used books in Hoboken. The store operates as a thrift store for books, but also offers up its space to be used as a community center.
    • 510 Washington St. Hoboken, NJ
    • 201.963.0909
  • The Hoboken Public Library
    • 500 Park Ave., Hoboken, NJ
    • 201.420.2280
    • Be sure to call ahead to check what books they are accepting at that time.
  • Jersey City Free Books – This is a free book exchange for the community.
    • 297 Griffith St., Jersey City, NJ, 07307
    • JerseyCityFreeBooks@gmail.com
    • Book donations are by appointment, so be sure to call or e-mail ahead of time, as this program is not open in the winter months.

Good luck and happy cleaning!

Jersey City Real Estate, Jersey City Condo for Sale m650 Flats

650 Montgomery St #303 | Jersey City

Status:SOLD| Jersey City, NJ 07306 | Neighborhood: Journal Square | $395,000 | 1BR 1BA | 1025 SqFt

 

SOLD.  Incredible opportunity to own an exceptional Jersey City Condominium at 650 Flats, an award-winning adaptive reuse development, custom-built and designed by Brunelleschi Construction, stars of HGTV’s hit show “Kitchen Cousins”.  This modern loft-style home offers one bedroom, one bath, 1025 square feet of living space with 9’ ceilings, a 8’8×4’8 terrace and garage parking. The gorgeous imported Italian kitchen cabinets are combined with Ceasar Stone Quartz countertops and Bosch appliances to create a modern and functional chef’s kitchen.  The bathroom is exquisitely finished with Grohe and Toto fixtures, heated tile floor, a heated towel bar and a walk-in frameless glass enclosed shower with a rainfall shower head.  Other highlights include, exposed brick, dark bamboo hardwood flooring, central heat/AC with exposed ductwork, full size washer/dryer, tankless hot water heater, oversized windows and a built-in iPod dock.  This former 1915 ink dye factory was rebuilt using concrete and steel construction and now includes an elevator, virtual doorman service, a spacious garage with bike storage, a state-of-the-art car lift system and a common rooftop terrace with sweeping unobstructed views of Manhattan.  m650 Flats was designed and built with a focus on energy efficiency and was awarded the 2009 “Adaptive Reuse Preservation Prize” by the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy.  Located just outside Downtown Jersey City in McGinley Square, only 15 minutes from the Journal Square PATH providing convenient access to New York City with the following commuter transit times; JSQ to WTC in 11 minutes, JSQ to 33rd in 22 minutes.

Property Specifics

  • $395,000
  • $380 Monthly Maintenance
  • $6,891 Annual Tax
  • Neighborhood: Jersey City
  • Condominium
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • 1025 SqFt
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Central Heat/AC
  • Terrace
  • Garage Parking Space: 1

 

 

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Jersey City Condo for Sale

176 Sherman Avenue #PH1 | Jersey City

Status: Sold | Jersey City, NJ 07307 | Neighborhood: Jersey City | $561,000| 2BR 1BA

 

SOLD.  One-of-a-kind Jersey City loft for sale. This penthouse at The Bakery Lofts has stunning unobstructed NYC skyline views, 1642 SF of interior and 400 SF of exterior living space. It boasts soaring 11’ ceilings with 3 exposures and 19 windows that flood the home with sunlight.  Currently set up as an open loft space, this home can be easily configured with 2 or 3 bedrooms.  Features include wide plank Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, exposed ducts, open kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a spacious bathroom with 2 sinks, soaking tub and separate shower.  Other highlights include central heat/AC, tankless water heater, W/D, 2 terraces with open views and 2 garage parking spaces.  Completely gut renovated in 2006, The Bakery Lofts is a 17-unit elevator building conveniently located on a quiet tree-lined street only 5 minutes from the Congress Street Light Rail stop and 3 short blocks from Palisade Avenue and bus service to NYC.

Property Specifics

  • $561,000
  • $540 Monthly Maintenance
  • $12,229 Annual Tax
  • Condominium
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • 1642 SqFt
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Central Heat/AC
  • Terrace
  • Parking Spaces: 2

 

Jersey City Condo for Sale

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Jersey City Condos For Sale

473 Newark Avenue #403 | Jersey City

Status: Sold | Jersey City, NJ 07306  |  Neighborhood: Journal Square  |  $215,000  |  1 BR 1 BA

 

SOLD.  Modern Jersey City condo located in Hilltop Neighborhood between Journal Square and Hamilton Park. This top floor condo offers one bedroom, one bathroom with 667 SF and high 9.5’ ceilings. The spacious open kitchen features granite countertops, modern cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Other highlights include hardwood floors, recessed lighting, central heat/AC, in-unit washer/dryer, large 12×17 bedroom with 2 ceiling fans and ultra-low maintenance fees. Completely renovated in 2009, 473 Newark Avenue is a 4-story 12-unit building and is conveniently located just outside Downtown Jersey City; only 15 minutes to Hamilton Park and 10 minutes to the Journal Square PATH which provides convenient access to New York City with the following commuter transit times; JSQ to WTC in 11 minutes, JSQ to 33rd in 22 minutes.

Property Specifics

  • $215,000
  • $135 Monthly Maintenance
  • $3,290 Annual Tax
  • Condominium
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • 667 SqFt
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Central Heat/AC

 

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335 9th Street | Jersey City

Status: Sold | Jersey City, NJ 07302 | Neighborhood: Jersey City | $980,000 | 4 BR 3.5 BA

 

SOLD.   Stunning ultra-wide restored and renovated two-family Jersey City townhome on a 25×100 lot, only two blocks from  Hamilton Park.  Modern design details and a wide open floor plan create the feel of loft living within a historic townhome originally constructed in the late 1800’s. Top floor owner’s duplex with 2.5BD/2.5BA features a dark bamboo floors contrasted with a modern white kitchen with granite countertops, Kenmore Elite 5-burner gas range and 64” wide cabinet depth refrigerator. Twelve foot high lofted ceilings, two skylights and Southern exposure bathe the living space in a stream of direct sunlight all day long. Perfectly suited for entertaining, the open kitchen and living room have French doors that lead to a large deck with partial NYC views and overlooks the lush garden complete with espaliered apple and pear trees. The oversize master bedroom includes a massive 10.5’x11.5’ walk-in custom master closet and luxurious master bath tiled from floor to ceiling with Grohe fixtures, dual vanity, Vigo curved glass frameless shower and separate bathtub. Parlor level rental consists of a one bedroom apartment with an office and a large eat-in-kitchen. Highlights include 11’ ceilings, light bamboo floors and a deck off the bedroom.   Other upgrades and improvements include; new two zone dual HVAC system with humidifier, LED recessed lights, new JELD-WEN windows and doors, whole house 3-stage water filtration system, washer/dryer on top floor and washer/dryer hookup in basement, ADT security system with video surveillance, upgraded 200 Amp electrical service, new plumbing and 1000SF waterproofed basement with 8’ ceilings, steel I-beam on poured concrete footings, French drain, two sump pumps, new concrete slab, and two cold cellars for food or wine storage. The façade features restored original tin cornice, new brownstone window lintels and entry steps, custom cast iron entry door and railings modeled after ironwork at the French Embassy. Property can be expanded by adding another level or building out in the rear of the house as the wall around the garden was constructed with proper footings to support an extension.

 

Property Specifics

  • $980,000
  • $8,384 Annual Tax
  • Brownstone
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Parking
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Central Heat/AC
  • Outdoor Space
  • Lot Size: 25 X 100
  • Floor Plan

 

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159 2nd Street #1105/1106 | Jersey City

Status: Sold | Jersey City, NJ 07302 | Neighborhood: Downtown Jersey City | $940,000 | 2 BR 2.5 BA

 

SOLD.  Distinctive custom built Jersey City condo at Waldo Lofts within the Powerhouse Arts District, only 2 blocks from the Grove Street PATH Station.  2200 SF of living space on one level includes 2 bedrooms, home office, 2.5 baths, powder room, butler’s pantry and 4 walk-in closets.  Constructed in 2006, Waldo Lofts is a steel and concrete elevator building and this one-of-a-kind NE corner layout was created by combining two adjacent homes.  Enjoy wide open views over Jersey City, midtown, lower Manhattan and the Hudson River throughout the apartment or either of your two terraces totaling 200 sq. ft.  A top-of-the-line gourmet chef’s kitchen features a complete Miele appliance package including 6-burner gas cook top with direct ventilation, 2 convection wall ovens and a steam oven, 2 dishwashers, 2 refrigerators and a butler’s pantry with an extra sink, freezer and generous countertop workspace. Spoil yourself in the expansive master suite which features an elegant master bath with a double vanity, soaking tub and separate walk-in shower.  Waldo Lofts also has an onsite fitness room, bike storage and 1 car deeded parking.  This sprawling apartment is the ultimate in luxury and sophisticated urban living in Downtown Jersey City.

 

Property Specifics

  • $940,000
  • $904 Monthly Maintenance
  • $17,396 Annual Tax
  • Condominium
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • 2200 SqFt
  • Elevator
  • Parking
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Central Heat/AC
  • Outdoor Space
  • Office

 

Hudson-Realty-Group-Floorplans

Hudson Realty Group is a closely integrated team with exceptional knowledge of the Hoboken real estate and Jersey City real estate markets. Our expertise includes: condosbrownstoneslofts and new developments.

 

227 5th Street | Jersey City

Status: Sold | Jersey City, NJ 07302 | Neighborhood: Downtown Jersey City | $695,000 | 3BR 2BA

 

SOLD.  Jersey City Brownstone.  This completely renovated 3-story 1860’s brick townhome has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and offers historic character on the outside and modern living on the inside.  The open kitchen and dining room (currently used as a play room) are located on the ground floor along with a full bathroom and sliding glass door access to the garden with built-in planters. The parlor floor features include a large wide open living space with a bay window, new double entry doors, new wide plank hardwood floors and 3rd bedroom/office which is flooded with light from an oversize skylight.  On the top floor is the master bedroom with lofted ceilings and his/hers closets, the 2nd bedroom and brand new bathroom with a Jacuzzi soaking tub.  227 5th Street Jersey City is a prime piece of Jersey City Real Estate, located on a beautiful tree lined block only 7 minutes from the Jersey City Grove Street PATH and 3 blocks from the fabulous Hamilton Park which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation.

 

Property Specifics

  • $695,000
  • $4,800 Annual Tax
  • Brownstone
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Outdoor Space

 

 

Hudson Realty Group has an exceptional knowledge of the Hoboken real estate and Jersey City real estate markets. Our expertise includes: condosbrownstoneslofts and new developments

Hoboken Real Estate, Hoboken Condo for Sale

149 Essex Street #5A | Jersey City

Status: Sold | Jersey City, NJ 07302 | Neighborhood: Downtown Jersey City | $675,000 | 3 BR 3 BA

 

SOLD.  Space, Convenience and Affordability! This 1,718 square foot, expansive 3-bedroom, 3-full bath Jersey City condominium is in the heart of Historic Paulus Hook – bordering Jersey City’s beautiful marina, waterfront walkway and popular neighborhood dining and shopping. This simplex condo is located in Fulton’s Landing, a full-service elevator building built in 2005 which includes a 24-hr attended lobby, gym, courtyard and garage parking. The classic, fresh finishes include maple cabinetry, light countertops, glass tile back splash, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, hardwood floors throughout, very large master bedroom and dual sink vanity with stand up shower in the master bathroom and in general, the abundant closet space make for a wonderful addition to living in this sought-after building. Building also has a tax abatement which expires in 2025.

 

Property Specifics

  • $679,000
  • $888 Monthly Maintenance
  • $10,560 Annual Tax
  • Condominium
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • 1718 SqFt
  • Doorman
  • Elevator
  • Parking
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Lots of Closet Space
  • Floor Plan

 

Hudson-Realty-Group-Floorplans

 

Hudson Realty Group has an exceptional knowledge of the Hoboken real estate and Jersey City real estate markets. Our expertise includes: condosbrownstoneslofts and new developments.

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