Looking to relocate but haven’t fully embraced the notion of leaving Hoboken? You’re not alone. Hoboken is the kind of place that finds its way into your heart. There’s nothing like its engaging social scene, walkable streets, and commutability to Manhattan. 

But some of New Jersey’s suburban towns are doing their best Hoboken impression. They’re creating pedestrian-friendly corridors, bolstering the local cultural scene, and courting real estate developers to create dynamic residential communities in areas that can offer residents more outdoor open space – an inherent advantage that has taken on greater meaning in recent months.  The flow of residents from Hoboken to New Jersey’s suburbs has typically been one of single-family home buyers, but a new breed of downtown suburban development consists largely of luxury rental communities that would make Hobokenites feel right at home. 

There are no Manhattan skyline views, but the rental communities listed below offer easy access to mass-transit, walking distance to shops and restaurants, and a unique cultural component that gives residents a sense of place. 

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Quin Sleepy Hollow 

Plainfield may not be the first location that comes to mind when making comparisons to Hoboken, but the Union County city is engaging in a major revitalization of its South Avenue corridor by creating a transit village near the Netherwood train station, and renters are responding.  

The newest and most impressive residential building to open in the neighborhood is Quin Sleepy Hollow, a collection of 212 luxury rental residences supported by 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities. The new-construction apartment interiors are ultra-modern, with floor-to-ceiling windows, chef-inspired kitchens and luxury baths, at value-priced monthly rents starting from the $1,800s.  

Amenities in the community include a resident lounge, movie theatre, business center, fitness studio, yoga and spin room with virtual fitness training, and more. Outside, an al fresco lounge with double-sided fireplace, courtyard seating areas, barbecue grills, and a dog park are all in place or planned. 

The second and final phase of the community just began leasing and is expected to move quickly, according to developer JMF Properties. Generous grand opening incentives are still available for a limited time. 

Surrounding the community, residents of Quin Sleepy Hollow can walk to an array of eateries and local shops, as well as two nearby train stations. This past winter, Plainfield held its first ever restaurant and boasts cultural attractions such as a summer concert series, an annual film festival, and a 100-year-old symphony orchestra. Popular downtowns such as Westfield and Scotch Plains are also just a short drive away.  

Clarus Glen Ridge 

JMF Properties, the same developer as Quin Sleepy Hollow, is bringing its award-winning Clarus brand to the desirable township of Glen Ridge. The community is currently under construction on Baldwin Avenue, just a short walk from downtown Montclair and steps from NJ TRANSIT’s Bay Street train station. The 110-unit rental community is designed to offer an ultra-luxury lifestyle experience that incorporates the best aspects of both urban and suburban living. 

“You’ll be less than 1,000 feet from everything, and that’s what we really like about this property,” said Joseph M. Forgione, the Founder and Principal of JMF Properties. “Residents will be able to walk to the train station, and enjoy all of the shops, restaurants, and nightlife destinations in nearby Montclair. But at the same time, enjoy a quiet, relaxed neighborhood that truly feels like home.” 

Clarus Glen Ridge is the second JMF community to carry the “Clarus” brand name. Clarus Maplewood opened in downtown Maplewood in October 2017, leased up quickly, and won multiple awards and accolades. Its focus went beyond luxury living to include resident health and wellness, as evidenced by it becoming the first residential community in New Jersey to achieve WELL certification, a prestigious designation issued by the International WELL Building Institute. 

Clarus Glen Ridge is expected to open later this year. It will offer residents a wealth of amenities, a 35-minute train commute to Manhattan, and convenient access to boutique businesses in both Glen Ridge and Montclair. 

Centurion Union 

Union, NJ, a classic American downtown of charming small businesses and long-cherished shops and restaurants, has received a major residential upgrade with the recent opening of Centurion Union.  

The new collection of 80 upscale apartments and thoughtfully designed amenities is ideally located in the heart of Union Center, where American Landmark Development has introduced the modern residential option to the flourishing, close-knit neighborhood known for its diverse offering of dining, retail and conveniences.  New Jersey Transit’s Union Station provides convenient rail service to Newark Penn Station, while buses to New York City depart just a quick walk from Centurion Union on Morris Avenue. 

The boutique five-story building features a striking brick and metal exterior.  Inside, expansive living spaces include a number of upscale features and appointments, such as kitchens with full-size slate GE appliances, gas range stoves, island/peninsula workspaces and quartz countertops, not to mention luxury baths with glass-enclosed showers. Residents also have access to a modern suite of amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, game room, resident-only lounge, flexible co-working space, children’s playroom, onsite parking and a beautiful new dog run.  

Centurion Union is already over 50 percent leased. The building offers a compelling value proposition when compared with more densely developed areas like Hoboken and Jersey City, with net-effective monthly rents starting at $1,830 for one-bedroom apartments and $2,415 for two-bedroom homes, with up to two free months, a limited time $50 monthly bonus, and a reduced security deposit. Immediate occupancy is available, with additional incentives available for quick move-ins.  

Premiere Residences 

Hoboken transplants would feel right at home in downtown New Brunswick, where developer and property manager Pennrose has launched a collection of 207 rental homes with modern amenities. This community is actually more urban than suburban, boasting a vibrant downtown setting with walkable access to rail service, dining, nightlife and cultural attractions. 

The cultural aspect can’t be emphasized enough, as Premiere Residences is located in the heart of New Brunswick’s Theater District and is literally built on top of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), a new venue offering world-class musical, dance and theatrical performances. Other walking-distance attractions include famed restaurants such as The Frog and The Peach and Catherine Lombardi, the George Street Playhouse, State Theatre, Heldrich Hotel, Rutgers University and the RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center, as well as countless restaurants, bars and boutiques. 

The brand-new 23-story building offers stylish studio, one- and two-bedroom rental residences currently priced from $1,850 a month.  Expansive layouts feature 10-foot ceiling heights, floor-to-ceiling windows and kitchens with quartz countertops, glass backsplash and energy-smart stainless-steel appliances. The community recently passed the 50 percent leased milestone. 

Designed by renowned Boston-based architect Elkus Manfredi, the building features a full suite of amenities including an attended lobby, state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga studio, residents-only lounge, billiards room, karaoke room, co-working and private meeting rooms and a demonstration kitchen.  Desirable outdoor social space is highlighted by a penthouse roof deck with sparkling pool, BBQ grills, Sky Lounge and bar and fire pit.  Package lockers and bike storage are also available. 

Premiere Residences is just a short walk from the New Brunswick train station, which provides about a one-hour commute to Manhattan. A driving commute is another option, as New Brunswick offers easy access to the New Jersey Turnpike, I-287, Route 1, Route 18, Route 27, and other highways.