HOBOKEN, NJ -- In Part 2 of HomeGrown: Hoboken, Host Stephanie Willoughby talks with two women business owners in the mile-square city about how Hoboken’s revival and growth has also made the city a more welcoming place for families.  

Pamela Kalman, Owner of PKL Properties, spoke about the thriving real estate market in Hoboken.  Kalman said that there is no “average” person who is purchasing in Hoboken--clients range from recent college grads to young professionals, families to empty nesters. And while the median property in Hoboken is expensive, at around $750K, the city’s price point is still affordable compared with Manhattan or Brooklyn, making it an attractive choice for buyers from New York. 

One of the biggest changes in Hoboken in recent years is the number of families who remain in town to raise their children. “They’re meeting here, they’re buying their first property here together, they’re having their kids here,” Kalman said. Instead of moving to the suburbs, many young families purchase larger condos or brownstones within Hoboken so they can remain in the city. 

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Willoughby also spoke with Lauren Ben-Meir, the Director/Founder of Attain Med Spa, located on Hoboken’s booming west side. A recent Hoboken transplant herself, Ben-Meir relocated from Manhattan and wanted to establish a facility that offered services locally that she herself was looking for, such as skin care, enhancement treatments and overall wellness. 

“Everyone is very warm, very friendly,” said Ben-Meir about the community in Hoboken. “It’s really nice to be in a place where people are really proud of and want to protect and also see grow,” she added. 

“There’s so much greatness in this place,” said Willoughby. “Hoboken is still fun and outgoing and beautiful,” she said, “but it’s also family-friendly and a little bit more grown up.”