Every now and then, StatenIslandFYI likes to blog about it’s favorite real estate projects that are SI adjacent. Here is one such project …
SilkLofts, the collection of 85 Brooklyn-style loft residences in the transformed Maidenform factory in Hudson County’s City of Bayonne, continues to set the bar for a unique and upscale apartment experience on the New Jersey Gold Coast.
Home to over 100 residents, the industrial-inspired building at the intersection of 18th Street and Avenue E has quickly become a highly-desired rental alternative by providing a big dose of Brooklyn style with apartments offering soaring living spaces and an unusual array of lifestyle amenities. SilkLofts has been created in the former Maidenform Factory which was the birthplace of the modern bra. During World War II, the factory also manufactured military parachutes as well as carrier pigeon vests.
Reborn as a modern, urban living experience, the converted five-story brick building is located just 800 feet from the 22nd Street Light Rail station and minutes from Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan. A separate building overlooks a landscaped interior courtyard and features a limited offering of Artist Lofts.
“We’ve attracted renters looking for a different type of luxury lifestyle,” says Doug Stern, President of SilkLofts, LLC, which converted the building and serves as leasing and property manager. “We wanted to create a building where residents “love where the live” in an urban residential setting that rivals similarly-inspired residences in areas like Brooklyn. We believed that by delivering a better product and lifestyle at a price point that offers considerable consumer value, we would attract existing and new residents to Bayonne. That’s exactly what’s happened at SilkLofts.”
A select number of homes are available to lease at SilkLofts, ranging from 568 to more than 1,400 square feet of soaring living space at monthly rental rates ranging from $1,500 to $3,400 – a far cry from Brooklyn rents. Masterfully designed to reflect the property’s historic roots, homes combine 19th-century restored elements that represent the building’s past – such as exposed heavy timber columns and brick – with modern finishes and appointments that innovatively meld it into the 21st century.
A mix of old and new is found throughout the loft residences, including soaring 12-to-20-foot ceiling heights, mahogany front doors, exposed brick and wood beams, bamboo and oak gunstock wood floors, gourmet kitchens with Quartz countertops and Chef Islands, and washer and dryers. Bathed in natural light through newly-installed, oversized energy efficient argon filled factory windows, the residences offer a variety of views, including the New York City skyline and Bayonne Bridge.
SilkLofts offers a creative suite of amenities to foster a close-knit atmosphere. An outdoor, landscaped pocket park features an herb garden, barbeque, fire pit and a fully-operational pizza oven that’s ventilated through an old smokestack. There’s also an on-site fitness center, on-site parking, 24 hour video surveillance, and a welcoming lobby with historic photos of the original Maidenform factory.
“The definition of luxury is changing, particularly in urban areas,” said Mr. Stern. “We’ve shifted away from cold lobbies and theater rooms to more socially-interactive spaces and uses where residents can connect with each other. That was my goal for the pocket park, fire pit and pizza oven. I wanted to create a comfortable, casual setting where neighbors would gather and socialize. We’re delighted that our residents are taking full advantage of it.”
Situated just two blocks from the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail’s 22nd Street Station, SilkLofts offers a prime location in a city that’s well known for its strong sense of civic pride, low crime, outstanding schools, and neighborly atmosphere. The building is widely recognized as a linchpin for a new kind of urban living in Bayonne focusing on easy access to public transportation, highly-amenitized buildings, quality schools and inviting neighborhoods.
“Bayonne is a commuter-friendly city that’s convenient to the business, cultural and entertainment centers of Manhattan, with Light Rail service and easy access to the New Jersey Turnpike, Routes 78 and 440 and the Holland Tunnel,” Mr. Stern continues. “As a result, it offers all the attributes of a viable residential alternative to more expensive options in neighboring Jersey City and Hoboken.”
SilkLofts has been designed to LEED Silver standards (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) and was built in accordance with U.S. Green Building Council guidelines for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Among the green features are the use of bamboo flooring, energy efficient appliances and recycled materials.