HACKENSACK, NJ – After relocating to New Jersey from California, Kyle Toczek and his partner settled in Hackensack, NJ, the Bergen County city widely touted for its reimagined downtown where shops, dining, nightlife and entertainment are plentiful.
Located less than 15 miles from midtown Manhattan, the city has become a northern New Jersey residential hotbed, sprouting luxury rental buildings like Ivy and Green, a collection of modern apartment homes and an impressive offering of five-star amenities that debuted earlier this year at 1 Park Ave.
The couple’s first apartment was in a new high-rise rental tower along the busy Main Street corridor where they could enjoy its vibrancy and walkability close by. They lived in the apartment for a year and while they loved the energy of Hackensack, they thought it might be time to expand their horizons and explore other popular northern New Jersey cities they could potentially call home.
“Hackensack was the first city we have lived in after moving from California,” Kyle said. “We decided to consider other nearby cities where we could rent. We liked Jersey City for its restaurants and nightlife, as well as the easy access to New York City. We started our search there.”
They initially visited two of the most recognizable rental towers. Neither truly met their need for high-end finishes and appliances or great common and outdoor amenity areas. They visited other rental buildings in popular Jersey “Gold Coast” locales like Hoboken, but eventually realized none could beat what Hackensack has to offer.
“After checking out homes in Jersey City and Hoboken, we felt that Hackensack offered a better value and overall higher quality of living,” Kyle continued. “Less traffic and noise pollution was also a factor that contributed to electing to stay in Hackensack.”
Armed with a list of wants in a new home that included high-quality, modern features, a clean and energy-efficient environment and year-round amenity-rich living, the couple began touring some of the newer Hackensack apartment buildings. That’s when they discovered Ivy and Green.
“The quality of interior at Ivy and Green is a step above most of the “luxury” apartment buildings in the area and there’s also gas cooking and heating,” Kyle added. “I love the rooftop deck and the fire pits. The ratio of homes to community space is a plus as it will allow residents to spread out and not feel cramped.”
Ivy and Green features a mix of generously appointed studio, one- and two-bedroom homes and an impressive array of amenities in a commuter-friendly location near New Jersey Transit Bus and train service. Developed by Hornrock Properties, the sleek and modern six-story building is bordered by the tranquility of Foschini Park and the energy of River and Main Streets where long-cherished restaurants and shops mix with new dining and retail for a vibrant neighborhood.
Well-appointed residences include nine-foot ceiling heights, oversized windows with complimentary treatments, and in-home washer and dryer. Designer kitchens boast stainless steel appliances, gas range and French door refrigerator, and quartz countertop and full-height backsplash. Lavish baths are adorned with full-height tiled walls and illuminated vanity mirrors. Select homes offer balconies or terraces to extend the living space outdoors.
Monthly rents start from the $2,500’s, with incentives that include up to two months free.
“Almost every home has an inspiring view of either the green spaces of Foschini Park, the landscaped amenity deck or Hackensack’s ever-changing skyline,” added Elana Dushey, Director of Design and Marketing for Hornrock Properties.
The extensive social and recreational amenities at Ivy and Green create an atmosphere that transports residents to a five-star resort. Abundant outdoor amenities include a 14,000 square-foot courtyard and 8,000 square-foot rooftop deck. The outdoor courtyard boasts a resort-style pool and sundeck, BBQs and pizza oven, dining and lounging areas, and ping pong, foosball, and life-sized chess. The expansive rooftop deck features a bar, dining areas, TVs, firepits and lounge seating, and an outdoor movie screen and viewing lawn, with great views of Foschini park, the Hackensack River, and Manhattan.
The outdoor amenities bolster the community’s comprehensive lifestyle offerings which also feature a double-height lobby, co-working spaces, private conference rooms and work pods, library nooks, and a billiards lounge with arcade games. Creative spaces are highlighted by a speakeasy with bar and fireplace, demonstration kitchen & dining room, theatre and music studio, meditation room, and children’s playroom. Exercise enthusiasts enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center, including Echelon bikes, and gym studio with on demand fitness and Crossfit rig. The community also offers concierge service, pet spa, package lockers, bike storage and garage parking with EV charging stations.
“These amenities greatly surpass what is typically found in the Bergen County rental market and provide residents an incredible lifestyle right outside their door,” notes Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors.
Hackensack has captured the mantle of Bergen County’s most sought-after residential downtown setting with its unique character and streetscapes that blend contemporary buildings and homes rooted in history. Its primary business district, Main Street, is a bustling two-way thoroughfare filled with shopping, restaurants and entertainment. There are long-time dining favorites like Lido’s Restaurant, recently ranked #1 on NJ.com’s list of Best Old School Restaurants, and the famous White Manna, which mix perfectly with new dining establishments such as Aura which opened this past fall.
Cultural and entertainment is plentiful in downtown Hackensack which has its own performing arts center on State Street, home to musical performances, theatre and more. Shopping also abounds throughout the city with an endless list of boutique retailers and neighborhood services, along with the many high-end stores and national brands at the popular Shops at Riverside mall.
Commuting is a breeze from Hackensack with Route 80 and Route 4 just minutes away. New Jersey Transit’s Essex Street Station provides service to New York’s Penn Station in less than 40 minutes and buses to New York City depart just a quick walk from Ivy and Green at the Hackensack Bus Terminal.
For additional information on Ivy and Green and to schedule a visit to see the furnished models and amenities, please visit www.IvyAndGreen.com or call (201) 616-7700. The onsite leasing office is located at 1 Park Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601.