From swimming pools to great lawns, fire pits to grilling areas, dog runs to children’s playgrounds, outdoor amenities have always been high on residents’ priority lists.  Some six months into the pandemic and with social distancing measures still in place, the desire to leave the confines of home and safely take in some fresh air has never been greater.  Here are some new rental and condominium buildings in New Jersey featuring awesome outdoor space for safe and much-needed enjoyment.

Harrison Urby, Harrison

Perhaps no apartment brand has done a better job of creating fun and thoughtful outdoor social spaces than Urby, and its Harrison location is a prime example.  Designed by Amsterdam-based firm Concrete, the community features 679 apartments in a series of buildings that are connected by beautifully landscaped green spaces with lush lawns and walkways.  That’s where residents enjoy a community garden with individual vegetable garden plots, a huge saltwater swimming pool and patio, fire pits, BBQ grills, lounge furniture and lawn games including bocce and table tennis.  The pet-friendly community has also carved out a space for a Woofgarden dog run for a little pup playtime.  There’s also the Urby Kitchen, a chef’s kitchen used to host food events, and a two-story 6000 square foot fitness center.  For a convenient caffeine fix and other treats, residents and the public alike enjoy the onsite Coperaco Café, a warm and inviting space which contains a 30-foot treehouse library and Steinway baby grand piano.  Harrison Urby offers a collection of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom layouts. For those still commuting to work, the community is located only one block from the Harrison PATH Station and just 20 minutes from Lower Manhattan.

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7 Seventy House, Hoboken

Over in Hoboken, 7 Seventy House offers residents an extensive package of outdoor amenities spread throughout the 14-story luxe rental building.  An expansive roof deck serves up a sparkling pool and lounge seating area, BBQ stations, multiple outdoor gardens, bocce ball court and a dog run.  The desirable outdoor space complements a wide assortment of indoor amenities including a state-of-the-art multi-level gym, playroom, game room, co-working lounge and a conference room with access to an outdoor lounge with a fire pit.  The amenity spaces are strategically located on multiple floors and feature dramatic views including the Manhattan skyline. Residents can reserve spaces through Amenity Pass to ensure a safer experience while practicing social distancing measures.  Right outside the doors of 7 Seventy House is a two-acre resiliency park built and donated to the city by the development team.  The public open space provides a tranquil buffer from the hustle-and-bustle of city life and boasts a plaza with step seating and tilted lawn panel, expansive open areas to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets, a children’s playground, and a one-acre green space.  Developed by Bijou Properties and partner Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation, 7 Seventy House features 424 upscale apartment homes and approximately 90,000 square feet of resort-style amenities.

Nine on the Hudson, West New York

Rising 13 stories above the Hudson River in West New York just opposite Midtown Manhattan, Nine on the Hudson has become well known for its glass-enclosed condominiums and glamorous penthouses, maintenance-free lifestyle, and idyllic waterfront location with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline from just about every angle.  But it’s the community’s vast outdoor spaces that has homeowners enjoying the open-air lifestyle to its fullest – and new buyers trading in the congestion of city settings.  A rooftop haven features a stunning infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking the NYC skyline, open lawn area, BBQs, firepits, al fresco dining areas, children’s play area, and more.  This new construction community is also nestled in the residential enclave of Port Imperial, where locals enjoy access to a vibrant mix of shops, restaurants, and an abundance of green space.  A public waterfront promenade stretches nearly 20 miles along the Hudson River for walkers, joggers, and bikers to enjoy majestic sunrises and sunsets, and dramatic all-day views.  And when commuting calls, just an 8-minute ferry ride away lies Midtown Manhattan and Hudson Yards.

The Atwater, Bogota

For those looking for a little bit of suburbia, The Atwater is scheduled to hit the market in mid-September with a collection of 421 luxury rental residences, extensive indoor and outdoor amenities and a picturesque setting along the Hackensack River in Bergen County’s Bogota.  The gated community’s four- and five-story buildings have been designed to take full advantage of its scenic waterfront location and expansive landscaped grounds.  Coveted outdoor recreational space will be highlighted by a heated pool and expansive sun deck, BBQ grills, outdoor theater, lushly landscaped lawns, fire pits, and a riverfront walkway meandering along the Hackensack River.   While tucked away in a quiet, suburban setting, The Atwater is still conveniently located near shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, commuter roadways and bus and rail.   Bogota’s southern edge is bordered by Interstate 80, delivering commuters to the George Washington Bridge in just under ten minutes.  New Jersey Transit bus service is available into the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal. Residents can choose from a collection of stylish studios, one- and two- bedroom residences.

Premiere Residences, New Brunswick

A dramatic penthouse roof deck with sparkling pool, BBQ grills, Sky Lounge and bar and fire pit invite residents outdoors to enjoy some private, urban sophistication at Premiere Residences in New Brunswick.  Located in the heart of the downtown district, the new 23-story building – the tallest in the city – features a “live, work, play” lifestyle, with 207 stylish studios, one- and two-bedroom residences, forward thinking amenities, and a central location easily walkable to the New Brunswick Train Station and culture, dining, and nightlife the area is known for.  Indoor amenities include 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.

365 Ocean, Long Branch

What better way to enjoy the outdoors than living at the Jersey Shore?  With magnificent ocean views from every home, easy access to the beach, and plenty of open-air spaces for relaxation, 365 Ocean in Long Branch is beachfront living at its finest.  The boutique condominium building fully immerses residents in everything sun, sand, and surf. Ocean views can be found all over the building, from the expansive, sun-drenched residences to the private balconies to the amenity areas. Key conveniences integrated into the design allow residents to enjoy more of their free time on the beach, at the pool, or dining al fresco.  Full-time and seasonal homeowners enjoy an infinity-edge plunge pool and sundeck, an outdoor breezeway with tables and chairs overlooking the ocean, a fire pit, outdoor shower, and storage cabana facilities for beach enjoyment.  The building’s location overlooks a quiet stretch of beach that is within walking distance of a variety of restaurants, shops, and entertainment options. Manhattan is just a ferry ride or train ride away. The attractive seven-story building features just 57 residences.