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Jersey City has modern conveniences west of the Hudson River
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- New Jersey
Situated on the Bergen Neck peninsula, Jersey City has long prospered as a commuter city by attracting those who want to be close to Manhattan without paying high Manhattan prices. But the city commonly known as “The Sixth Borough” is a thriving community in its own right, offering residents a healthy balance of modern conveniences and attractions that keep them happily living on the west end of the Holland Tunnel.
Journal Square is the center of the action in Jersey City, serving as the city’s business district and transportation hub for PATH Rapid Transit. It’s also home to many retailers, cafes, and luxury apartments. Closer to the waterfront of the Hudson River are areas like Historic Downtown and Powerhouse Arts District, where you’ll likely spend most of your free time with its array of gourmet restaurants, bars, art galleries, music lounges, as well as the Newport Centre Mall.
On the east side, gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline delight residents and visitors alike. Liberty State Park provides a stunning picture of the Statue of Liberty – there’s also a footbridge that leads to Ellis Island.
Explore the City
Jersey City skyscrapers
The scenic Jersey City Riverwalk
Jersey City's 911 Memorial on the waterfront
View from Liberty State Park
As of October 2018, the average apartment rent in Jersey City, NJ is $2,208 for a studio, $2,559 for one bedroom, $3,363 for two bedrooms, and $4,096 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Jersey City has increased by 3.3% in the past year.
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Top 10 Apartments in Jersey City
- Newport Rentals, Studio - 4 Bed, $1,970 - 7,846
- The Pier, 1-2 Bed, $2,680 - 3,995
- 70 Greene, Studio - 3 Bed, $2,465 - 4,675
- Portside Towers, Studio - 3 Bed, $2,190 - 5,050
- The One, 1 Bed, $2,995 - 3,380
- Quinn, Studio - 3 Bed, $2,515 - 8,495
- Rivet, Studio - 2 Bed, $1,738 - 3,105
- Marbella and M2 at Marbella, Studio - 3 Bed, $2,384 - 8,140
- Journal Squared, Studio - 3 Bed, $1,807 - 5,490
- 485 Marin, Studio - 3 Bed, $2,390 - 5,750
Living in Jersey City
Jersey City is home to more than 60 parks with facilities ranging from city pools to ball fields to tennis courts. If you are moving to Jersey City with a pet, Jersey City offers five dog parks, so be sure to choose your rental within pet-walking distance of Lincoln Park Dog Run, Van Vorst Park Dog Run, Hamilton Park Dog Runs, Sgt. Anthony Dog Park, and Newport Dog Run.
Of course, the most famous of all Jersey City parks is Liberty State Park. This park provides ferry service to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and is home to the Liberty Science Center, the Interpretive Center, the Liberty Landing Marina, picnic pavilions, fishing and crabbing areas, and a boat launch.
In the 1630s, New Amsterdam was the new frontier. The area that is now New Jersey attracted fur trappers, farmers, and Dutch investors. It didn't take long for the Jersey City area to become a transportation hub, and in 1838 Jersey City became a separate municipality, home to railroad terminals, ports, and factories. Today, so many businesses and financial companies have moved to Jersey City that it has earned the nickname, "Wall Street West."
Being so close to Manhattan, Jersey City is close to some of the world's top restaurants. But you don't have to head out of the neighborhood -- just stroll up the block! Jersey City's food scene ranges from fine dining to taverns to pizza joints, and they are all fantastic. After choosing your New Jersey rental, find your favorite new hotspot at one of these top locations: Liberty House Restaurant, Lighthorse Tavern, Stage Door Deli, Skinner's Loft, or Razza.
While rentals in Jersey City are a little less than Manhattan, the rents are still up there -- ranging from $2,500 to well over $8,000 per month. But considering the location, the nightlife, the restaurants, the businesses, and the museums -- and the fact that you won't need a car to get around -- you'll discover it's well worth it.
Jersey City is a hub of transportation options. The Journal Square area is the motherboard of mass transit. Journal Square has trains that take passengers to 33rd St in New York, Newark, and other major cities. There are buses that can take passengers to the far reaches of Northern Jersey. If mass transit is not a preferred method, there are taxis lined up outside of the train station prepared to take city goers to their desired destinations.
Once you've chosen your Jersey City rental, you won't have to go far to find places to shop. Filled with corner markets and locally-owned shops, Jersey City has just about everything. And when you want a mall to explore, Jersey City provides plenty of those, too! Be sure to explore Newport Centre, Hudson Mall, and Newport Plaza to discover stores from Coach to Zumiez.
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Jersey City, NJ Average Rent by Neighborhood
Apartments in Jersey City rent, on average, for $1,830 per month for a one-bedroom and $2,180 for a two-bedroom unit. While rent varies, you can expect to pay $1,930 - $2,760 per month for a one-bedroom apartment in a higher-end neighborhood like The Heights and The Waterfront. In more affordable areas such as Westside-Hudson and McGinley Square, average rent is $1,210 - $1,580 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.
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