Loft-livers will dig the industrial vibe of...
Weehawken, New Jersey
578 Gregory Avenue
You can see Manhattan from the kitchen of this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath cottage.
Agent: Laura Skolar, Century 21 Plaza Realty
Its sooty exit off the Turnpike, which you’ve likely encountered heading back from Ikea, doesn’t do this section of the Palisades justice. It’s a small, sinewy, suburb-meets-industrial 1.5 square-mile slice that feels a little like Gowanus—if it were draped on the side of a mountain. There’s not much commerce, but the joy of Weehawken is its seeming remoteness: peaceful streets on the bluffs and down the slope; stately Victorians with views of Manhattan. When you’re ready to be in the thick of it once more, 42nd Street is about a ten-minute car or bus ride or eight-minute ferry trip. Says Jada Fabrizio, a photographer who moved here last fall: “I can get to a 6 p.m. opening in Chelsea if I leave the house by 5:20.” The cat may be out of the bag, though, thanks to new construction by the river. Brokers are seeing more and more buyers, from Broadway types (since it’s so easy to get to Times Square) to bankers, professors, artists, young families, and empty-nesters.