It was only a matter of time before Manhattan prices started infiltrating New Jersey real estate—one could argue that they already have—but this is truly stunning. A 19th-century townhouse close to the Hudson River waterfront recently sold for a whopping $6.5 million, making it the most expensive property ever sold in the city—heck, in all of Hudson County—and handily beating the old Hoboken record of $4.35 million.
What makes this house so special? For starters, it's got a lot of history: It was built in 1854, and has seen the transformation of Hoboken from a tiny town of around 400 residents to the city it is today. Only a few families have occupied the building, and it recently underwent a total makeover, which kept the 19th-century bones of the building while updating it with all mod cons.
It also has all of the luxury features you'd expect to find in a pricey Manhattan townhouse: there's a two-car garage in a separate carriage house; an elevator connecting the home's five floors; a 1,200-bottle wine cellar in the finished basement; a landscaped backyard; and period details throughout. The exterior is also the original 19th-century limestone.
Still, it's hard to believe that Hoboken homes are commanding Manhattan prices, but look at it this way: a similar house on, say, the Upper East Side, would have easily gone for four times this amount. At least we're not there … yet.
- 504 Hudson Street [Halstead]