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Jersey City’s first Journal Squared tower offers a peek at its luxury rentals

The building also hit a leasing milestone in one month

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The fact that there are a boatload of new rentals coming onto the market in Jersey City hasn’t necessarily dulled the shine of Journal Squared, one of the city’s biggest new residential projects. It’ll have three skyscrapers, with about 1,800 apartments between them, when it’s completed,

The first of those towers began leasing in March, and has already rented out 150 of its 538 apartments—not too shabby for just six weeks on the market, give or take. (Though it is getting competition from Jersey City Urby, which began renting around the same time, and LeFrak’s Ellipse, which hit the market earlier this week.)

With that rental milestone come some new looks at the project—namely, some actual images within the 53-story tower, rather than the same renderings we’d seen previously. The building itself was designed by Hollwich Kushner and Handel Architects.

Interior designer Christopher Stevens was tasked with kitting out the rooms with a nice, albeit familiar, mix of neutral finishes. But considering that one of the main selling points of Journal Squared is the views—each apartment has oversized windows, and many overlook the Manhattan skyline—that lack of frills is understandable.

We’ve also got a peek at the building’s amenity spaces, which include the usual things: plenty of common areas (including a fitness center and a children’s playroom), a 24-hour concierge, and an attended lobby. The building’s eighth floor is home to what they’re calling “Club JSQ”—essentially a lounge, but with plenty of space for people to work, along with free Wi-Fi—while the 53rd floor is home to the “Sky Lounge,” with more of those enviable Manhattan views.

Though rents aren’t exactly cheap, they’re at least a bit lower than you’d find for a building offering similar apartments and amenities in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Prices start at $1,800/month for a studio, with one-bedrooms from $2,100/month, two-bedrooms from $3,200/month, and three-bedrooms from $4,200/month.