An Architectural Evolution is Taking Place
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FEATURES, GLASS, AND OUTDOOR SPACE ARE A MUST FOR LUXURY BUYERS HERE.
A couple of decades ago, New Jersey’s Gold Coast com- munities were largely perceived as a lower-cost alternative to Manhattan, with some very nice luxury apartments (mainly rentals), but not very exciting architecture. Most apartment buildings, even those with sumptuous interiors, looked pretty basic from the outside.
Today, developers are putting up apartment buildings that pop—especially along the waterfront. New Jersey’s coastline is becoming a showcase for some of the most fashionable architectural ideas— including a lot of glass, and environmentally friendly features.
TO MAKE THE LOBBY
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Stephen Kliegerman, president of Halstead Property Development Marketing, says one important architectural trend along the Gold Coast currently is to build above the Hudson River waterfront, along the cliffs that overlook it, rather than right on the waterfront. Apparently, in recent years, luxury residential real estate in this part of New Jersey has amounted to much ado about the view and architects are paying attention to consumer demand.
STATE OF THE ART
Halstead is currently directing the sales at One Park, a new condo development that expects to open in summer 2017 in Cliffside Park, N.J. One Park, Mr. Kliegerman says, exemplifies the state of the art of Gold Coast architecture today. “The centerpiece of the building is our 32-foot-high grand lobby, with its glass façade facing Manhattan,” he says. “The views are incredibly dramatic. The building was intended to reflect
its environment, which explains all the glass. The indoor and outdoor amenity areas all face Manhattan, to take advantage of the view. All the apartments have outdoor space. On the non-water-front side, we’ve coordinated the structure with the cliff it sits on, to blend in with the topography. It looks like the building is coming right out of the cliff top.”
Mr. Kliegerman says the all-glass façade is a prominent trend in modern architecture, and it’s fashionable to make the lobby a focal point of today’s luxury apartment buildings. “Another very important trend is today’s focus on a building’s amenities,” he says. “Back in the late 1980s and early 90s, the emphasis was on the individual apartments. Now the amenities— for both adults and children— get more attention. Fitness centers and pools are musts in developments like these; so is a children’s play area.”
“The apartments are one- to four-bedroom units, 750 square feet and up, and penthouses. We have a golf-simulator room, squash court, media room, yoga room, steam room, outdoor movie and dining areas. The yoga/pilates area wouldn’t have been seen even 10 years ago. We also have a pet spa, with a wet room and a grooming area, where you can groom your pet without making a mess in your apartment.”
The parking, Mr. Kliegerman adds, is completely automated. Residents will drive into a parking bay where the car will go onto a pallet; they’ll exit the car, and it will be taken into the garage and slotted into a spot, with nobody else getting into the car. “The opportunity for cars to get damaged, or your seat position changed, all goes away,” he says. “You can program your need for your car at a certain time and it will be there ready for you. This is going to be especially popular with residents who have very high-end or vintage cars.”