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Welcome to State o' the Garden State, a Curbed feature in which we explore the new developments in New Jersey neighborhoods across the Hudson from Manhattan. Have a new development you'd like us to consider? Let us know via the tipline.

As waterfront development marches on in neighboring Hoboken and Jersey City, don't forget about Weehawken. The Hudson River-abutting township to the north of its sister cities, Weehawken is getting hundreds of new homes with the addition of Estuary, a complex of three rental buildings on Lincoln Harbor—essentially, right across from the Javits Center. Developer Hartz Mountain Industries and its management company, Roseland, recently completed construction on Estuary's first stage, a pair of connected six- and eight-story towers at 1600 Harbor Boulevard. Listings went live in late January for all 181 apartments, at least 46 53 of which are already leased. Rents range from $1,740 for a studio to as much as $5,185 for a three-bedroom. Move-ins started in late February.

Next to rise on the site, which was a former parking lot, will be the eight-story second and third buildings, expected to wrap up by this summer and early winter of 2015, respectively. They will each have 200 apartments, and all are being built to LEED Silver standards.

For an annual $700 fee, residents will gain access to a veritable slew of amenities that include a gym, a separate exercise/yoga studio hooked up to an on-demand personal training service, a clubhouse/bar/lounge with free Wi-Fi, two Apple computers, a sexy gas fireplace and two billiards tables. The buildings also include an 18-seat screening room with a 90" flat screen TV, cold storage for grocery deliveries, shared outdoor terraces with Viking gas grills, two swimming pools with raised hot tubs, a golf simulator room, a bocce ball court, a 70-person party room with full kitchen, and a ground-floor children's play space with pretty spectacular Manhattan views.

[Photos of Estuary by author M. Lorenzo, who toured the building in mid-February.]

Now for the prices: The currently available studios range from $1,740-$1,980/month; the 1BR/1BA from $2,490-$3,095/month; and the 2BR/2BA from $3,490-$4,250/month. The few 3BR/2BA units are going for $4,590-$5,185/month. Once leased, rental payments can be made by credit card through the BuildingLink system, which also serves as an electronic community bulletin board for the development, with updated announcements on subway line delays, weather forecasts, and package arrivals.

[Floorplans of available units at Estuary. One especially cool thing: the site comes with a tool that allows you to drag-and-drop little furniture icons into your prospective apartment.]

All of the units come equipped with stainless steel appliances (including a dishwasher), garbage disposal, energy-efficient front-loading washers and dryers, programmable central heat and A/C, programmable intrusion alarms, granite kitchen countertops, and those fancy toilets with two flush buttons. All but a few studio apartments in the complex feature walk-in closets, and all come pre-wired for surround-sound speakers that can be routed to the TV. The buildings' hallways have motion sensors that shut down lighting after 40 minutes if they don't detect movement, to conserve energy. Each unit comes with its own water heater that reserves any unused energy to power the unit's central heating system. Assigned indoor parking is available for $150/month; outdoor is $75/month. Residents' guests park for free with a day pass arranged with the 24-hour concierge. Indoor bike storage is $10/month.

The Estuary's three buildings will also house ground-floor retail. The whole shebang is in an area that is within 10 minutes of midtown Manhattan if commuting by ferry or bus: a NY Waterways ferry terminal is adjacent to the Estuary's first building, and New Jersey Transit's bus 158 stops across the street from its entrance. Connections to Hoboken, Jersey City and other local towns are available with the nearby Hudson-Bergen Light Rail's Lincoln Harbor station ([warning: PDF!]). Entertainment, such as the Chart House restaurant and the Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club, is a few steps away as well.
— M. Lorenzo
· Estuary [official]
· State o' the Garden State archives [Curbed]