1BR, Jersey City, NJ
Tue Apr 26 2011
Photograph: Adele Major
Amber Kapoor, 29, relationship manager at an investment bank; Ritika Burman, 27
Broker's fee: None
Leasing agency: Newport Apartment Rentals (201-626-5001, newportrentalsnj.com)
Moved in: February 2011
The neighborhood: "I was in Jersey City already, I like the neighborhood and wanted to move to a one-bedroom; I'd been in a three-bedroom apartment with friends, and I got married earlier this year," says Kapoor. "The waterfront is right next to the building, and amenities are nearby. The PATH station is a minute-and-a-half walk from the apartment. It's convenient for work and for going out, if you want to go out in the city. It has the advantages of Manhattan, in the sense that you have amenities and it's lively. But it's a bit suburban in that it's not crowded."
The search: "I had a contacted a number of brokers around Jersey City, Hoboken and Newport and was looking on Craigslist and found the Newport rental office," says Kapoor. "There was no broker's fee and no move-in fee—you can save a month and a half's rent."
The apartment: "It's on the 21st floor and is spacious," says Kapoor. "The building is well kept and there's a doorman. I get a good view of Manhattan, the river, and in general I get good sunlight. Some of the apartments are blocked by other high-rises, but this one has sunlight coming in. The kitchen was decently sized and my wife loves to cook. And we have a good-sized bedroom and living room."
The defense of New Jersey: "I did consider Manhattan, because I [completed] my education at Columbia and I had a chance to stay in Manhattan then," Kapoor says. "But we found the apartments comparatively more expensive and less spacious. The other thing is living in Jersey City, you pay taxes in Jersey City, so you save a little money. So if you're getting a bigger apartment, it's a no-brainer. If you're working downtown you might as well stay in Jersey, it's just across the river."