Are you thinking of moving to Jersey City? As I’ve mentioned before, you’re certainly not alone. As a newcomer, though, which neighborhood is right for you?
The answer, of course, depends on your situation. There are plenty of unique areas to choose from, but I want to give you the low-down on a few of the most popular and well-known destinations for new residents.
Downtown: Due to its proximity to Manhattan, this area has seen a lot of new development lately, and it remains the epicenter of the city’s bar, restaurant, and shopping scene. However, it still features a variety of historical architecture and neighborhoods, such as Paulus Hook, that are ideal for families.
The Heights: This area has long been the heart of Jersey City’s art scene, and it retains a strong tradition of supporting small business development. Here you’ll find many Victorian and Edwardian homes sitting alongside newer two- and three-family homes.
Bergen-Lafayette: Boasting the biggest park in Jersey City and convenient accessibility to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and NJ Transit buses, this area is very residential, and the housing selection is quite eclectic—you’ll find everything from brownstones to row houses to converted industrial spaces.
Journal Square: This area has seen a spike in new construction lately, and having the Journal Square Transportation Center located here makes it a very convenient commute destination for both residents and visitors. Surrounding the Square is a mix of historic brownstones, pre-war apartment buildings, multi-family homes, and new rentals.
If you’d like to know more about these neighborhoods and discover more places to explore in Jersey City, I recommend checking out this recent articlefrom Jersey Digs.
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