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We Wish You a ’90s Christmas

With Christmas being just a few weeks away, it’s time for Christmas music, eggnog and, of course, watching classic holiday films. This made the CenturyLinkQuote team wonder, which ‘90s Christmas movies are New Jerseyans watching to get into the holiday spirit? 

We combed through search volume data and found that New Jersey residents can’t stop googling Home Alone this holiday season. 

Find out which ‘90s Christmas classics the rest of the nation can’t stop searching for in the full report here. 

LANDMARK ANNOUNCES SIX RETAIL LEASE SIGNINGS AT CENTURION UNION CENTER IN DOWNTOWN UNION, NJ

UNION, NJ – LANDMARK, the prominent real estate developer behind the signature series of CENTURION rental communities, announced today that it has inked six new retail leases in the second phase of CENTURION Union Center, a luxury mixed use building located at 945 Stuyvesant Avenue in Downtown Union, NJ.

The new signings represent a mix of local businesses, some that have long been a fabric of downtown Union and another that’s chosen CENTURION Union Center to enter the eclectic local dining scene. Available retail space in phase two of CENTURION Union Center is now fully leased, providing residents of the 75-home building immediate access to diverse mix of community services. Anchoring the new ground-floor retail is Unity Bank, which signed a lease for a new 1,824 branch that will provide modern space for enhanced services. Joining Unity Bank will be:

· Emily’s Bakery, the popular downtown Portuguese bakery which signed a ten-year, 1,957 lease.

· Qsina 8, a Ramen Noodle/Asian themed restaurant that signed a five-year lease for 1,658 square-feet.

· Illusions Hair which signed a five-year lease for a new 1,411 square foot salon.

· Norma’s Florist which signed a five-year lease for 1,074 square feet of space.

· Angie’s Nails which signed a ten-year lease for a new 1,562 square foot salon.

“Many of these retailers are staples of downtown Union that have been operating in aging retail space adjacent to CENTURION Union Center,” said Manny Fernandez, Founder of LANDMARK. “Qsina 8 is a brand-new eatery and we’re incredibly excited they’ve decided to introduce their dining concept to the community in this building. We look forward to welcoming all these retailers to CENTURION and are confident they’ve found a home where they flourish in a reimagined Union Center.”

“We decided to relocate our Union branch to CENTURION because it was a great opportunity to be a prominent part of the beautiful facility Landmark has created in Union Center,” said Unity Bank President & CEO James A Hughes. “The new 1,800-square-foot branch provides a larger, contemporary facility with the space for enhanced services. Our branch had been located directly across the street from CENTURION so it was a fantastic opportunity to create a better banking experience for customers right in the same neighborhood while supporting an important community redevelopment initiative.”

“CENTURION Union Center provided the opportunity to significantly upgrade our space, while maintaining a location that our customer base is already familiar with,” added Angie Lee, owner of Angie’s Nails. “At CENTURION, we will be well positioned to not only better serve our existing clients, but also grow our business by relocating to a residential building with direct access to a large pool of potential new customers. It’s a great building and we are delighted to unveil our new salon.”

Israel Maldonado, owner of Norma’s Flowers, a family-owned flower shop that has been providing floral arrangements for all occasions in downtown Union added, “We chose CENTURION in Union because we love this location and the community around it. CENTURION is providing our hometown with beautiful new apartments and retail spaces for the people. Our new location is perfect for our florist shop. We are happy to be a part of this location and better serve our community. We want to continue to be everyone’s go-to florist and provide flower arrangements and services for the new residents at CENTURION. Flowers are an important part of many people’s lives, and we are here to offer a unique shopping experience for everyone. “

Union Center is quickly gaining momentum as a sought-after New Jersey downtown setting with its unique character and streetscapes rooted in tradition and history. LANDMARK has been designated by Union Township as the redeveloper of the Stuyvesant Avenue Redevelopment Project and is infusing a new level of energy and excitement into Union Center with nearly 300 new homes and approximately 27,000 square feet of retail space housed in four buildings once complete.

The second phase of CENTURION Union Center is fast approaching a lease up. The boutique four-story building features a selection of one and two-bedroom apartment homes. Residences are lined with designer features and appointments, including nine-foot ceiling heights, wide wood-style plank flooring, vented in-home washers and dryers by GE, and open kitchens with full-size slate GE appliances, gas range stoves, island/peninsula workspaces and quartz countertops. Luxurious baths are equipped with glass-enclosed showers, porcelain tile and polished chrome fixtures.

Design, function, and fun extend to CENTURION Union Center’s suite of modern amenities that enhances the lifestyle experience. Coveted outdoor social spaces are highlighted by a stunning rooftop deck featuring stainless steel grills, dining areas, sundeck, lounge areas and a bar with island seating and flat screen TVs.

Inside the stylish building, there’s a clubroom with a fireplace, kitchen, and seating area; resident lounge with billiards, a state-of-the-art fitness center, children’s playroom, and a lobby coffee room/café. Residents will also appreciate the building’s concierge and premium package management services.

For additional information on CENTURION Union Center and to schedule a visit to see the furnished model and amenity space, visit www.LiveCENTURION.com or call 888-910-0975. The onsite Leasing Center is located at 945 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union NJ. The Marketing Directors is the exclusive marketing and leasing agent.

Theater Project in Union offers holiday entertainment you haven’t memorized yet

In the spirit of “you can never put too many ornaments on a Christmas tree,” The Theater Project is offering not one but three holiday programs, reports Union News Daily. Though it focuses primarily on new work the rest of the year, the company celebrates the season by putting its own spin on some familiar stories. All three programs will be available online.

Need a break from Frosty and Rudolph? Tune into November’s podcast, “The Theater Project Thinks About…,” when movie mavens Mark Spina and Harry Patrick Christian discuss silver screen classics with holiday settings as alternatives to shows that may have worn out their welcome. This episode drops on Sunday, Nov. 28.

Read the full story here: https://unionnewsdaily.com/news/union/57810

Holiday Miracle pop-up and Sippin’ Santa are back! Here’s when and where

If you’ve ever seen a friend post a photo from an insanely tinsel-ed out bar slurping a drink from a Santa T-rex ceramic mug, they were probably at a Miracle pop-up at one of the Skopos properties throughout North Jersey.

This year, the pop-ups are back from Nov. 22 to Dec. 31, reports mycentraljersey.com. Cowan’s Public in Nutley will be transformed into Miracle on Centre. Franklin Social in Jersey City will be Miracle on Mercer. The Vanguard in Harrison is Sippin’ Santa at The Vanguard. And, Skopos’ newest property, Gus’ Last Word in Wood-Ridge will become Miracle on Valley.

Read the full story here: https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/entertainment/dining/2021/11/16/holiday-miracle-pop-up-franlkin-social-cowans-public-sippin-santa/6267271001/

VERMELLA AT GARWOOD STATION LAUNCHES LEASING WITH UPSCALE HOMES, ABUNDANT AMENITIES IN UNION COUNTY, NJ

Four-Story Rental Building Opens Next to NJ Transit Train Station In Downtown Garwood Nestled Between Westfield and Cranford

GARWOOD, N.J. — Russo Development announced today the launch of leasing at Vermella at Garwood Station, bringing to market the latest upscale rental in its highly popular brand of state-wide Vermella lifestyle communities.

Featuring 296 well-appointed apartments and an impressive 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, the modern four-story building delivers a harmonic approach to living with an inspired design, incredible recreation and social spaces, and a commuter friendly location adjacent to a NJ Transit train station, on the Raritan Valley Line.

In conjunction with the opening, a full website has been launched at www.vermellagarwood.com where prospective residents can gather more information on the new community and schedule a private tour of the furnished model homes and amenities.

“We are thrilled to bring Vermella to Garwood in Union County,” said Adam Pasternack, President of Russo Property Management, which has delivered and manages eight other Vermella communities throughout the region. “Garwood is a wonderful, close-knit community with a walkable downtown and great access to a myriad of shopping, dining, and community services, as well as public transportation. Vermella complements the existing appeal of the neighborhood with a lifestyle-driven experience at an exceptional value.”

Forward Thinking Design

Vermella at Garwood Station features a collection of studios, one- and two-bedroom residences at monthly rents starting from the $2,300s with limited time Grand Opening incentives that include one-month’s free rent. Initial occupancy is scheduled for this December.

Upscale finishes and appointments include 9′ ceilings, plank flooring, in-home full-size washer and dryer and expansive windows that bathe the homes in natural light. Gourmet chef-inspired kitchens boast full-size stainless-steel appliances, custom white shaker-style cabinets, Silestone countertops and kitchen islands. Spa-like baths are adorned with dual vanities with backlit

mirrors, ceramic tile floors and carbon matte tiled wet walls. Most apartments offer private balconies, terraces, and even private, brownstone like entrances.

Achieve the Perfect Balance of Live-Work-Play

The extensive indoor and outdoor social and recreational amenities at Vermella at Garwood Station will leave residents wondering if they’re truly at home or away on vacation. Coveted outdoor space is highlighted by an expansive resort-style pool and sundeck with outdoor grills and a movie wall. A sprawling, landscaped courtyard features grills, al fresco dining areas, lounge seating and a dog run.

Inside, residents will find a dramatic-but-welcoming two-story lobby, clubroom with game tables and media center, multi-sport simulator, business and co-working center, state-of-the-art fitness center, private yoga and spin studio, juice bar and private dining space.

A robust calendar of resident social events makes for a welcoming environment and true “community” feel that may lack in most apartment complexes in New Jersey.

Approximately 19,500 square feet of street-level retail space will house a café, restaurant, and other convenience operators. A great amenity for the residents and Garwood who has seen strong demand for additional restaurants, specialty fitness and health and beauty care.

“This five-star amenity package greatly surpasses what is typically found in today’s suburban apartment landscape,” said Adam, “It is a hallmark of the Vermella brand and reflective of our commitment to elevate our residents’ lifestyle experience.”

In the Center of it All

Located at 450 South Street, Vermella at Garwood Station places residents in an ideal setting to enjoy Garwood’s downtown boutique shopping experience, with neighboring Westfield and Cranford expanding the dining, shopping, and nightlife options.

The adjacent NJ TRANSIT train station offers service along the Raritan Valley line, delivering commuters to New York Penn Station in under an hour, while Route 22 and the Garden State Parkway provide easy access to northern new Jersey and all the delights of the famed Jersey Shore.

For additional information on Vermella at Garwood Station and to schedule a private tour of the community’s furnished model homes and amenities, please call 833.1679 or visit www.vermellagarwood.com.

About Russo Development, LLC

Russo Development is one of the most active, privately held developers of industrial, data center, and multifamily properties serving the New Jersey market. Russo has earned a reputation for well-planned developments that are distinguished by their emphasis on detail and quality. Over their 50-year history, Russo has completed more than 8 million square feet of industrial projects and has become one of the largest owners of data center space in the New York metropolitan area. The firm has also completed approximately 2,200 rental apartments during the past several years and has a multi-family pipeline of over 3,500 units planned in various New Jersey communities over the next five years. To learn more about the firm’s philosophies and hallmarks, please visit www.russodevelopment.com.

Downtown Location, Upscale Apartments Draw Broad Range of Renters to Centurion Union Center

Lying in the heart of the dynamic, urban inspired lifestyle in Union, NJ’s reenergized downtown, CENTURION Union Center is shattering leasing records with great appeal to a broad spectrum of discerning renters.  More than 90% of its luxury apartments have been absorbed by residents ranging from young single professionals to empty-nesters scaling down from larger homes.

Ideally located at 945 Stuyvesant Avenue, the modern and stylish four-story building has a location that’s been a tremendous attraction to those who not only want proximity to the restaurants, shops, and retail conveniences in Union Center, but also the major business and entertainment centers of central and northern New Jersey.  Such was the case for Joe Murray, a local Union resident who wanted to rid himself of the hassles of a single-family home, yet still enjoy all that he had grown to love about this Union County borough.

“I decided to downsize to an apartment where I no longer needed to cut grass or shovel snow,” said Mr. Murray, who lived in the Vauxhall area of Union for over 70 years.   “I watched CENTURION be built from the ground up.  I considered renting in several two or three family homes, but it all came down to the location of CENTURION.  Being in Union Center, there’s access to everything you could possible need within a short distance away.”

Union Center is fast gaining recognition for its diverse downtown setting which mixes classic pubs, local boutiques, eateries serving global cuisines and new retailers such as Crow and the Coconut Yoga and B Fit n Focused Fresh Juices.  Its vibrant setting had great appeal to Jeffery Bertoncin, a young single-professional who moved to CENTURION Union Center from Long Branch to be near the conveniences, restaurants and more on Stuyvesant Avenue and a quick community to a new position he took in Irvington.  CENTURION Union Center lies near Routes 78 and 22 and the Garden State Parkway.

“I wanted a new home that was within 30 minutes of my new job in Irvington,” he said. “I looked at apartments in Morristown, Parsippany, Linden and Union.  I drove past CENTURION Union Center and immediately knew it was perfect.  The commute to Irvington is reasonable and it’s in the heart of Union Center.”

Situated about twenty miles outside New York City, CENTURION Union Center is also commuter-friendly for residents traveling to the business centers in Manhattan.  Just a quick walk away from the building, New Jersey Transit’s Union Station on Morris Avenue provides service into Newark Penn Station. 

“I was looking for an apartment that was spacious, located in a building with modern amenities and had close proximity to dining and easy accessibility into New York City,” said Sharita Petersen, who recently moved to CENTURION Union Center with her toddler son from a walk-up brownstone in West Orange.  “I’m currently working from home and plan to return to the office in 2022 so I was looking for homes with a quick commute into New York City, including West Orange, Clifton, Montclair, Bloomfield and Union.  At Centurion I can easily access the city from bus, train or a short drive in. In the meantime, it’s nice to have the lounges and rooftop to work from if I need a change of scenery.” 

Developed by LANDMARK, CENTURION Union Center offers one- and two-bedroom homes currently priced from $2,100 to $3,180 and offered with incentives that include up to two months free on a 26-month lease.  Homes are available for immediate occupancy.  Residences are lined with designer features and appointments, including nine-foot ceiling heights, wide wood-style plank flooring, vented in-home washer and dryers by GE, and open kitchens with full-size slate GE appliances, gas range stoves, island/peninsula workspaces and quartz countertops.  Luxurious baths are equipped with glass-enclosed showers, porcelain tile and polished chrome fixtures.

“The walk-in closet in my apartment is what sold me, but I also loved the finishes in the kitchen and both bathrooms,” said Ms. Petersen.  “I also just loved the building. Great thought was put into the architecture and design of the entire building. It’s gorgeous and both my son and I love it.”

“The fact the building was brand new was very attractive,” added Mr. Bertoncin.  “The island kitchen is perfect for creating space in the studio layout.  There’s contemporary finishes throughout and homes provide modern features including energy-efficient appliances and in-home washer/dryer.”

Design, function, and fun extend to CENTURION Union Center’s suite of modern amenities that enhances the lifestyle experience.  Coveted outdoor social spaces are highlighted by a stunning rooftop deck featuring stainless steel grills, dining areas, sundeck, lounge areas, bar with island seating and flat screen TVs.

“I’m retired so I get to sit back and relax on the rooftop area in the summer months, enjoying the nice weather,” Mr. Murray said. 

Inside the stylish building, there’s a clubroom with fireplace, kitchen, and seating area; resident lounge with billiards, a state-of-the-art fitness center, children’s playroom, and lobby coffee room/café. Residents will also appreciate the building’s concierge and premium package management services, dedicated onsite parking spaces, and 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, most of which has been leased by neighborhood shops and conveniences. 

“The 24-hour gym was a big bonus and there’s a great play area for my son,” Ms. Petersen added.

For additional information on CENTURION Union Center and to schedule a visit to see the furnished model and amenity space, please visit www.LiveCENTURION.com or call 888-910-0975.   The onsite Leasing Center is located at 945 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union NJ.  The Marketing Directors is the exclusive marketing and leasing agent.

Third and Final Phase Now Open at Crossings at Raritan Station

Crossings at Raritan Station, Raritan, NJ

Accurate Builders & Developers announced today that it has launched leasing for the third and final phase of residences at Crossings at Raritan Station, marking a significant milestone for the luxury rental community located right next to the Raritan train station.

The new collection of 56 homes completes the community’s full offering of 276 stylish residences, allowing residents to now choose from a wider variety of floorplans and locations available throughout the building. 

The release of the final residences at Crossings at Raritan Station follows a steady period of leasing activity at the community since it debuted in May, with residents from throughout the region responding to its compelling combination of well-appointed apartments, a curated collection of indoor and outdoor amenities, and an ultra-convenient location near mass-transit and a lively downtown filled with unique shops and restaurants.   

Pricing starts from $1,777 net effective, inclusive of grand opening incentives of up to two months free that are still available for a limited time, according to the community’s exclusive marketing and leasing agent, The Marketing Directors.

“We are delighted that Crossings at Raritan Station is resonating with local residents looking to stay in the area but in a more modern, amenity-rich setting, and is bringing new residents to the Borough of Raritan searching for an elevated lifestyle in a walkable community that is also commuter friendly,” said Jack Klugmann, President & CEO of Accurate Builders & Developers. “The widespread appeal has translated to a strong leasing pace, with new residents moving in and enjoying all that the community and this location have to offer.”

Located at 59 Second Avenue in Raritan, Crossings offers a collection of studio, one- and two-bedroom rental residences complemented by upscale amenities. Downtown Somerville, one of New Jersey’s most popular downtown destinations, is less than a mile away, home to lively, walkable streets, shops, restaurants, entertainment, and cultural attractions. Downtown Raritan’s main street, Somerset Street, is even closer, offering a retail mix that includes an espresso bar, ice cream shop, bakeries, a craft store, music store, and a wide range of eateries, all just a short walk from residents’ front door.

Accurate Builders & Developers is known for delivering a fresh new perspective on rental living through its brand-new communities, and this shows in the residences at Crossings. The homes are upscale and modern, with features such as 9’ ceilings, luxury plank flooring, and upscale kitchens with quartz counters, modern espresso cabinets, a full-height subway tile backsplash, stainless-steel appliances and a gas range. Designed by architect Devereaux and Associates, the interior spaces are well thought out, with details such as tiled bathroom floors and wet walls, an in-unit washer & dryer, and custom roller shade window treatments in every home. Private outdoor balconies and extra-spacious den layouts are available in select homes.

The residences at Crossings are complemented by a full array of amenities and services, including a sophisticated lobby lounge with coffee bar, a state-of-the-art fitness center with virtual training technology, Amazon® package lockers, private covered parking, a bicycle share, bicycle storage and 24/7 onsite maintenance.

Outside, multiple landscaped courtyards provide abundant space for al fresco recreation and relaxation. Among them are an outdoor terrace with lounge seating, BBQs, a fire pit, outdoor games, and a meditation garden with hammocks and greenery. Residents will also enjoy access to a tennis court, basketball court, and dog park.

“There continues to be strong demand for high-quality residences, upscale amenities, access to mass-transit and downtown shopping and dining, and that’s exactly what Crossings at Raritan Station offers,” said Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors. “The location right next to the Raritan train station and downtown Somerville is perfect for residents who enjoy living a well-connected lifestyle in a suburban environment.”

Raritan Station is on NJ TRANSIT’s Raritan Valley line, offering direct service to New York Penn Station on weekdays and service to Newark Penn Station, where connection to the PATH system is available. Routes 287, 78, 202, 206, 28 and 22 are all easily accessible and several major employment centers are nearby, including Raritan’s own Labcorp office, just across the street from Crossings at Raritan Station. Other major employers, such as Johnson & Johnson and Bausch & Lomb, are just minutes from Raritan.

Raritan is home to five parks and playgrounds as well as tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields and two public swimming pools. It borders Duke Farms, a 1,000-acre estate that is open for walking, bicycling, and eco-exploration. Duke Farms also offers atmospheric outdoor dining at the Farm Barn Café and a seasonal farmers market. The Village Brewing Company in downtown Somerville is another local favorite, serving a rotating selection of craft beers and an inspired menu of elevated New American cuisine. Downtown Somerville is also home to a thriving pedestrian-only street, Division Street, where events such as outdoor festivals, concerts, and movies under the stars programs are regularly held.

For more information about Crossings at Raritan Station, visit www.CrossingsRaritan.com, call 855-276-8589 or visit the community’s leasing center at 59 Second Avenue, Raritan, NJ 08869.

About Accurate Builders & Developers

Founded by Jack Klugmann in 2009, Accurate Builders & Developers was built around the principle of providing quality construction to transform neighborhoods and the lives of those who live and work in the homes and buildings constructed. The company has earned a reputation for developing high-quality multifamily properties, including transit-oriented developments in key urban and suburban locations.  Currently, Accurate is developing and leasing thousands of units in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.  A key factor in the company’s success is that Accurate is both the developer and general contractor of its projects.  By maintaining control over these critical aspects of any development project, Accurate is able to manage project costs and construction timetables which maximize efficiency and allows the Company to complete projects ahead of schedule and at or below budget. www.accuratenj.com.

About The Marketing Directors

The Marketing Directors is a renowned development advisory firm with over forty years of experience working exclusively on behalf of real estate developers to design, market, and sell or lease residential homes. The Marketing Directors team is a collective of strategic thinkers, market experts, and trusted partners. Headquartered in New York with offices and sales teams active across North America, The Marketing Directors have helped clients successfully sell-out hundreds of new developments accounting for more than $30 billion in total sales.

99 Bridge, A New Luxury Rental Community In Old Bridge, Grand Opens For Lease

BNE Real Estate Group Raises the Bar on Amenity-Rich Living in Suburban Middlesex County

OLD BRIDGE, NJ – 99 Bridge, the luxury rental community delivering high-style, amenity-rich living to the Middlesex County town of Old Bridge, is now open for lease, the community’s developers BNE Real Estate Group, LPZ, and Sterling Properties announced today. 

Located at 99 Old Amboy Road, near the nexus of Route 9 and Route 18, 99 Bridge is a collection of 150 modern rental residences complemented by an array of lifestyle amenities. Renters can now choose from a variety of brand new one- and two-bedroom residences that offer spacious floorplans, bright living areas, upscale appointments, and sophisticated design details. 

Monthly rental rates at 99 Bridge start from $2,280, with special grand opening incentives of up to two months free available for a limited time. For more information or to arrange a tour of the community, visit www.Rent99Bridge.com or call 732-970-8444. 

“We’re excited to announce the debut of 99 Bridge,” said Marc Pantirer, a partner at BNE Real Estate Group. “Now more than ever, suburban renters are looking for high-quality, spacious residences and amenities that are on par with what modern rental buildings in the city are offering. 99 Bridge provides all of that and more. We look forward to welcoming our first residents to this beautiful, brand-new community.” 

Designed with today’s sophisticated renter in mind, 99 Bridge offers renters low-maintenance living, access to a wealth of amenities, and plush apartments with features that are both elegant and practical. Each apartment includes nine-foot ceilings, custom modular closets, complimentary window treatments, and in-unit washer & dryer. Kitchens are outfitted with white quartz countertops, espresso cabinetry, modern stainless-steel appliances, full-height tiled walls and backsplashes, and gas ranges. Private outdoor space is also available in select residences. 

The lifestyle amenities at 99 Bridge are highlighted by a two-story resident lounge, a distinguishing design feature that encourages residents to relax and spend time exploring its distinctive spaces. State-of-the-art fitness facilities with virtual training technology, a co-working lounge with private offices, a coffee bar, children’s playroom, billiards and shuffleboard, and a pet spa are just some of the amenities residents can enjoy. Outside, an abundance of amenities and recreation areas are available, including a swimming pool, BBQs and dining areas, an outdoor bar with TV screening areas, lawn areas and fire pits. Additional conveniences include Amazon® package lockers, on-site parking and 24/7 onsite maintenance. The pet-friendly community also includes a dog run. 

Situated on 40 square miles of land in southeastern Middlesex County, about 25 miles south of Manhattan, Old Bridge is a township of 65,000 residents with an attractive rural vibe and all the conveniences of a New York City bedroom community. Route 9, Route 18, and the Garden State Parkway run directly through the municipality and are easily accessible. Downtown New Brunswick is about 20 minutes away and the Jersey shore is about 40 minutes away. NJ TRANSIT and Academy Bus run commuter buses from the Old Bridge Township daily.  

As a township known for its open space, Old Bridge is home to more than 300 acres of developed park land and athletic facilities. One of New Jersey’s outdoor gems, Cheesequake State Park, is located entirely within Old Bridge, home to a lake beach, kayak launches, picnic areas, hiking trails, campsites, and an interpretive center. Old Bridge Waterfront Park offers another taste of the great outdoors, with two new playgrounds, fishing piers, an environmental education trail and pristine views of Raritan Bay. The township is home to 15 parks and community centers that include a variety of athletic fields, sports courts, playgrounds and an ice arena. 

Prospective renters are invited to visit www.Rent99Bridge.com to learn more about the community, view images and floorplans, and schedule a tour. 

ABOUT BNE REAL ESTATE GROUP  

With over 60 years of real estate development experience, BNE Real Estate Group is a national, family-owned organization that is firmly committed to creating exceptional living experiences for its residents. Its distinguished portfolio of properties includes the development of tens of thousands of homes, more than 1 million square feet of commercial space, and the ownership and ongoing management of nearly 8,000 apartments, with communities stretching from the Tri-state area south to Florida, and west to Texas and California.  For more information about BNE Real Estate Group, visit www.LifebyBNE.com

ABOUT STERLING PROPERTIES 

For over 25 years Sterling Properties has been widely recognized as a premier developer of luxury rental communities, upscale single-family homes, townhomes, retail and commercial properties throughout New Jersey and the Metropolitan area.  From the very start, Sterling has remained true to the philosophy that has brought them success – offer top quality housing in desirable locales at appropriate prices. With this in mind, every community created is conceived and engineered with meticulous foresight and planning.  From obtaining the initial permits to finishing the last home in a community, Sterling Properties is fully committed to every facet of the development process. For more information about Sterling Properties, visit www.SterlingPropertiesNJ.com.  

ABOUT LPZ 

LPZ Management, founded over 67 years ago, is a family owned and operated Real Estate Management company.  LPZ Management’s focus has been on improving and managing residential real estate throughout the Garden State.  LPZ provides top level customer service to its residents, and many of its employees have been with the company for decades. Over the years the company has grown and now owns and manages over 3,500 units spread across 22 properties.  For more information about LPZ Management, visit www.RentNJapts.com

Clarus Glen Ridge Luxury Rental Community Now Open For Leasing

Second Community in JMF Properties’ Upscale Clarus Brand Delivers 110 Residences on the Border of Montclair and Glen Ridge 

GLEN RIDGE, NJ – Leasing is now underway at Clarus Glen Ridge, the highly-anticipated collection of 110 modern rental residences on the border of Glen Ridge and Montclair, developer JMF Properties announced today. 

As only the second community to carry the prestigious “Clarus” brand name created by JMF Properties Founder and Principal Joe Forgione, Clarus Glen Ridge offers its residents a lifestyle that emphasizes luxury, comfort, convenience, health and well-being. A curated collection of amenities, plush interior spaces and exquisite finishes were designed to exceed all the needs and desires of today’s sophisticated renter.  

The community’s location next to NJ TRANSIT’s Bay Street station and a short walk from downtown Montclair combines commuting convenience with access to a variety of gourmet restaurants, boutique shops, cafes, galleries and cultural attractions. 

Clarus Glen Ridge opens with nearly 50 percent of the residences already leased during a special early leasing period. One- and two-bedroom residences are currently available at monthly rental rates starting from $2,595. Limited-time grand opening incentives are available. For more information, visit www.ClarusGlenRidge.com or call 973-354-5555 to schedule a private tour. 

“Clarus Glen Ridge builds on the tremendous popularity of our first ‘Clarus’ community, Clarus Maplewood, but on a grander scale with more amenities and luxuries,” Mr. Forgione said. “We designed this community to offer residents a complete lifestyle package, and the opportunity to take advantage of everything Glen Ridge and Montclair offers. The result is a product that brings a new housing type to the area and sets a new standard for luxury living, one that we are thrilled to showcase to prospective renters now that the community is officially open.” 

Located on Baldwin Avenue in the historic borough of Glen Ridge, Clarus Glen Ridge features an elevated take on sophisticated rental living, with every last detail scrutinized from the inside out during the development process. 

The community’s gourmet kitchens feature a gas range with Faber® Cristal Collection vented hood, quartz countertops with undermount stainless-steel sinks, European-style, two-tone cabinetry, and stainless-steel appliances. Additional details found throughout the homes include 9’ ceilings, energy-efficient LED light fixtures, seven-inch composite plank floors, in-unit washer and dryer, oversized windows with custom shades, a high-performance heating and cooling system designed to keep residents’ climate control costs down, and spa-like baths with marble floors, walls and accents. Den units and private outdoor space are available in select homes. 

The generous amenity package at Clarus Glen Ridge starts with access to the community’s cutting-edge wellness center, where state-of-the art exercise equipment with touch consoles, cycling, TRX® suspension training, a heavy bag, kettlebells and more are available. A separate personal training studio gives residents access to Echelon® Reflect Touch touchscreens with both live streaming and on-demand training classes, including Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, strength, and cardio-focused workouts from a variety of certified trainers.  

Additional amenities include a central lobby and lounge with hospitality-inspired finishes and a two-sided fireplace, reading lounge, parlor with gas fireplace and wet bar, business center, theatre room, and billiards room with vintage billiards table. Outside, residents enjoy a courtyard with seating areas, outdoor dining, a firepit and grills. An expansive dog park that spans more than 300 feet in length gives the community’s four-legged friends plenty of space to frolic. On-site covered parking, car charging stations, storage lockers, bike storage, and 24/7 maintenance round out the services and conveniences available to residents. Up to two parking spaces per unit are available and the parking garage offers residents direct access to their floor. 

The amenities, residences, and interior spaces at Clarus Glen Ridge were inspired by Clarus Maplewood, the multiple award-winning community that captured the 2018 “Community of the Year” honors for mixed-use communities from the Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association and is the first community in New Jersey to earn the prestigious WELL Certification – Gold Level by the International WELL Building Institute™, which recognizes buildings designed to enhance the health and wellness of its occupants.  

Taking its cue from the property’s Latin name, which means “clear” or “bright”, JMF’s Clarus brand communities emphasize light-filled residences, exquisite finishes and curated amenities that brighten each resident’s day, day in and day out. Residents enjoy an upscale atmosphere, elegant design, and exquisite finishes throughout each community. 

The Clarus Glen Ridge lifestyle is enhanced by the community’s location in Glen Ridge, a charming borough of a little over 7,000 residents known for its tree-lined suburban streets lit by elegant gas lamps, as well as its top-notch public schools rated highly by the ratings websites Niche.com and Greatschools.org. The Glen Ridge Historic District comprises over 90 percent of Glen Ridge and runs the entire length of the Borough. It includes some of the most well-preserved examples of residential architecture from the turn of the 19th Century. New York City is about 35 minutes away by train. Route 3 and the Garden State Parkway are both easily accessible. 

Glen Ridge is home to a number of neighborhood businesses, including a coffee shop, restaurants, a nail salon, a yoga studio, and local landmarks such as Glen Gazebo, overlooking the lush green park at Toney’s Brook. Neighboring Montclair boasts a vibrant atmosphere, offering excellent shopping and dining, as well as popular annual events such as the Montclair Film Festival and the Montclair Jazz Festival. 

“Clarus Glen Ridge residents can walk to the many restaurants, parks, and cultural attractions that downtown Montclair is known for, but when they return home, they are in a quiet, relaxed suburban neighborhood away from the hustle and bustle,” Mr. Forgione said. “It really is the best of both worlds.” 

For more information on Clarus Glen Ridge, visit www.ClarusGlenRidge.com. For more information on JMF Properties, visit www.jmfproperties.com.  

About JMF Properties 

Under the leadership of Joseph M. Forgione and his 25 years of experience in the industry, JMF Properties has developed a reputation for creating residential, retail, and mixed-use communities of lasting value in some of the state’s most desirable locations. Mr. Forgione has developed more than 2,500 residential units and multiple commercial and retail properties during his career, with more than a dozen current projects totaling over 3.5 million square feet of retail and 1,800 residential units, with another 3 million square feet under development. Projects range from transit-oriented developments to urban and suburban retail centers to sprawling office parks.  

As a former long-time Commissioner of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, a graduate of civil engineering, and a member of the New Jersey Civil Engineers, Mr. Forgione understands the unique responsibilities and needs of all stakeholders involved in the development process, including local government officials, architects, construction managers, investment partners, community members and end users. This holistic approach to development has been vital to JMF’s success, allowing the company to identify under-valued assets, forge strategic partnerships, and develop dynamic residential and retail properties that enhance their host communities, including the first residential community designed for WELL certification in New Jersey. 

Mr. Forgione believes in good corporate citizenship. He is a founding board member of REED Academy School for Autistic Children in Oakland, NJ and a long-term fundraiser for Employment Horizons Corp, an organization that employs men and women who are autistic or physically or mentally challenged. He constructed and donated five homes for Arc/Morris County chapter and recently constructed a group home for Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, which he donated to the organization in 2020. www.jmfproperties.com

Seeking Suburban Atmosphere And A Seamless Commute To NYC, Law Student Chooses Crossings At Raritan Station

Amenity-Rich Community Next to Train Station Complements Busy Lifestyle

RARITAN, NJ – Kayla Toomer has a busy schedule. She is a second-year law student at Seton Hall Law in Newark, works full-time at a Sixth Avenue law firm in Manhattan, works an internship at the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York, and she is finishing up a master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations. She has a lot of obligations in the city, but when it comes to choosing a place to live, she is more comfortable in a suburban environment.

“I don’t mind working in the city and playing in the city, but when it comes to living in the city, that’s not my ideal,” Ms. Toomer said. “Living in the suburbs was no problem when we were working virtually, but with my office opening up again in two months, I needed to find a place to live that could provide me with the environment I was looking for while also meeting my commuting needs.”

Ms. Toomer began searching for a new apartment early this summer after receiving the notice that she would likely be expected back in the office in the fall. She was living in North Plainfield while working remotely, which has the suburban environment she enjoys, but is not near a train station. Her daily commute would be a nightmare. She discovered Crossings at Raritan Station and knew it would be the perfect fit.

“They showed me the apartment layouts and the amenities, and I found the aesthetics really appealing,” Ms. Toomer said. “I knew I was going to need amenities like the gym, and with the way the market is going, I was happy to see that the rent was within my price range. I chose a one-bedroom apartment with a den and now I’m in the process of moving in. I’m definitely excited about this opportunity to live at Crossings and take advantage of the easier commute.”

Crossings at Raritan Station is a brand-new luxury rental community that opened in May at 59 Second Avenue in the borough of Raritan, just next to the Raritan Train Station. Developed by Accurate Builders & Developers, the community delivers a collection of 256 studio, one- and two-bedroom rental residences, modern indoor and outdoor amenities, and proximity to shops and restaurants in both Raritan and downtown Somerville.

Ms. Toomer said the fact that the train station is just steps from her new apartment will make her daily commute much easier to deal with. She will be commuting on NJ TRANSIT’s Raritan Valley line, which offers many trains with a “one-seat” ride directly into Manhattan and others that travel to Newark Penn Station, where connections to New York are available via NJ TRANSIT or the PATH system. She appreciates the fact that she will be home as soon as the train arrives every evening and will never have to deal with traffic or look for parking.

The convenient location paired with the building’s upscale amenities, such as the state-of-the-art fitness center, means Ms. Toomer will be able to maximize her limited free time. Although her law office has a gym, she prefers to use one closer to home and knows she wouldn’t find the time to drive to one before or after work.

“The location and the gym are really key for me as far as lifestyle goes,” Ms. Toomer said. “They have screens up in the lobby to show your commute times and the gym is great. It’s not just a basic gym. It’s well-stocked with machines and it is nice and bright, which is something I look for. If the energy is bright, I’m much more motivated. I love the gym, but I usually don’t have time to get to one so I am thrilled that I will have one right inside the building.”

Designed by architect Devereaux and Associates, Crossings at Raritan Station has introduced a new caliber of rental residences to suburban Raritan, with features such as 9’ ceilings, luxury plank flooring, and upscale kitchens with quartz counters, modern espresso cabinets, a full-height subway tile backsplash, stainless-steel appliances and a gas range.

The interior spaces were carefully crafted and well thought out, with details such as tiled bath floors and wet walls, an in-unit washer & dryer, and custom roller shade window treatments in every home. Private outdoor balconies and extra-spacious den layouts are available in select homes.

All residents of Crossings at Raritan Station enjoy a full complement of amenities and services that include a sophisticated lobby lounge with coffee bar, a state-of-the-art fitness center with virtual training technology, Amazon® package lockers, private covered parking, a bicycle share, bicycle storage and 24/7 onsite maintenance.

Outside, multiple landscaped courtyards provide abundant space for al fresco recreation and relaxation. Among them are an outdoor terrace with lounge seating, BBQs, a fire pit, outdoor games, and a meditation garden with hammocks and greenery. Residents will also enjoy access to a tennis court, basketball court, and dog park.

Ms. Toomer is already familiar with the Wegmans Food Market at Bridgewater Town Centre and the abundant shopping and dining at the Bridgewater Commons mall, both about a five-minute drive from Crossings. She’s looking forward to discovering downtown Somerville, which offers a unique variety of restaurants, retail shops and small businesses. Somerville’s pedestrian-only street, Division Street, is a thriving community square that is home to outdoor festivals, concerts, and movies under the stars’ programs. Downtown Raritan’s main street, Somerset Street, is even closer and offers a retail mix that includes an espresso bar, ice cream shop, bakeries, a craft store, music store, and a wide range of eateries.

Raritan is home to five parks and playgrounds as well as tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields and two public swimming pools. It borders Duke Farms, a 1,000-acre estate that is open for walking, bicycling, and eco-exploration. Duke Farms also offers atmospheric outdoor dining at the Farm Barn Café and a seasonal farmers market. The Village Brewing Company in downtown Somerville is another local favorite, serving a rotating selection of craft beers and an inspired menu of elevated New American cuisine. Routes 287, 78, 202, 206, 28 and 22 are all nearby and directly connect to other major roads, such as the New Jersey Turnpike. The Lincoln tunnel is about 45 miles away.

Monthly rental rates at Crossings at Raritan Station start from $1,906 net effective, with grand opening incentives of up to two months free for a limited time. Immediate occupancy is available.

Tours of the community’s fully furnished model residences and resort-style amenities are available through The Marketing Directors, who Accurate Builders & Developers selected as the community’s exclusive marketing and leasing agent. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit http://www.CrossingsRaritan.com or call (855) 276-8589.

About Accurate Builders & Developers

Founded by Jack Klugmann in 2009, Accurate Builders & Developers was built around the principle of providing quality construction to transform neighborhoods and the lives of those who live and work in the homes and buildings constructed. The company has earned a reputation for developing high-quality multifamily properties, including transit-oriented developments in key urban and suburban locations. Currently, Accurate is developing and leasing thousands of units in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. A key factor in the company’s success is that Accurate is both the developer and general contractor of its projects. By maintaining control over these critical aspects of any development project, Accurate is able to manage project costs and construction timetables which maximize efficiency and allows the Company to complete projects ahead of schedule and at or below budget. http://www.accuratenj.com.

About The Marketing Directors

The Marketing Directors is a renowned development advisory firm with over forty years of experience working exclusively on behalf of real estate developers to design, market, and sell or lease residential homes. The Marketing Directors team is a collective of strategic thinkers, market experts, and trusted partners. Headquartered in New York with offices and sales teams active across North America, The Marketing Directors have helped clients successfully sell-out hundreds of new developments accounting for more than $30 billion in total sales.