I would definitely recommend hoboken as the light rail takes about 10 minutes (max) depending on where in JC you are commuting to. There are also a wide variety of restaurants to eat at, varying from upscale to bar food. There is easy transport to the city (via either bus or PATH) and you definitely get that small town feel. I will caution however that you look more towards "uptown" (i.e. roughly 6 to 8th street and up) as downtown is a bit younger crowd.... more
Hi Ericdavidhoke, private outdoor space is hard to come by in town and is always in demand.
I am a dog owner myself, and while Hoboken is very dog friendly, more and more owners that are renting their homes for the first time, find themselves uncomfortable with the idea of having pets in their home with tenants.
You may have a better chance finding an apt in a large building that has a common yard. Hoboken does have some nice parks and designated dog areas. I would recommend you check some out.
Last, if you find an apartment that has a private yard but doesn't allow pets, you should make an appointment to see it, that is if the no pet rule is a landlord rule and not a building rule, and if you like the apartment offer to pay a non refundable pet fee of $500 or you could offer to pay more rent than the owner is asking. Hopefully one of these will sway them into renting to you, pending you have a good looking application.
As a resident of the Terrace, I can tell you it is a true oasis in Hoboken. We are in a flood zone but aside from occasional water in our crawl space we have not had any problems (and now have fixed that issue). Like everyone else said, the cobblestones help a lot. One wonderful aspect of the Terrace is that you know your neighbors and we all help each other out. Some folks socialize and hang out with each other (particularly those with young kids) while others tend to keep to themselves more...like any community.
Noise is not much of an issue. These houses were made right. As a contractor said to me "they don't build them like this anymore".... more