I lived on 41st and Palisade Ave in a basically new building. Union City is very congested from 34th to about 45 or 46, so you will hear a great amount of noise from just traffic alone. I contact the Mayor of Union City, Brian Stack and requested for emergency vehicles coming from West New York to take the more wider and less congested road such as Park Avenue where the street is much wider, more stores and basically commercial as opposed to the inner streets that are more residential. The ambulance, police cars and fire trucks were sooooo loud at any time of the day or night, it was just a very uncomfortable place. In addition, most renters must pay separate water and sewage the city has increased the amounts. It's just robbery and nothing is done about it! There are stray cats all over and people do not pick up after their dogs, then complain the sidewalks are unclean. I lived in Union City for 8 years. My car was vandalized twice in street parking and the police department on 38th by City Hall are not very helpful. Crime is not bad, but with a police dept being this close to my apartment on 40th you would think this area would be better. Commuting daily to NY was great and of course much closer, but I decided to get out of UC. I moved further south jersey and I may move back again, however I will consider either Weehawken, Jersey City near Grove Street or even W.NY, but Union City takes more from you than give!! Trust me!!... more
The cond building was built by a reputable builder, and it seems like a good building. I dont know much about the building's management company, but there doesnt seem to be any issues with the building itself. I believe there may still be a short sale condo available if you are interested in that building. Or if you'd like more information about the area, and possibly any other new or newer condos feel free to contact me at 201-233-6044 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Keller Williams Realty
You have three things to research. I'd suggest that first you review your condo rules and, further talk to the officers of the association and/or the management firm, if that is a different organization. Sometimes what you can do (on paper) you can't do without more trouble than itâ€™s worth. Second, you will have to talk to the town's building department. Most condos are structurally intermeshed and the town will have codes to follow, if they allow the construction at all. Finally, you are going to have to find an engineering firm to design an installation that the first two will accept. This will also give whomever is going to do the work proper drawings and specifications. You may be able to do it yourself if you've got the skill but it may be that even so, you will be forced to use a licensed contractor.
All of this requires time and money, so another thing to think about is the cost justification and what the time horizon that you have with this residency. It may all fall into place easily but each situation is unique.... more
I'm in the same boat, trying to move from Hoboken to Union City. I don't know Union City well, but I know the crime rate is about the same as in Hoboken - 5-6 on the scale of 1-10, so I'd think the same rules apply: look around the area where you're buying and use your street smarts. Does the area look nice and peaceful or gritty and too urban? Are there many unoccupied buildings around the place you're looking at (bad) or does it stand in the middle of a bustling neighborhood (good)? Are there a lot of houses with barred first-floor windows (bad)? Do the cars on the street look well taken care of? Return to look at the property at night: is the street well lit? Is it far to walk from the transportation to the property? And, regardless of how nice the neighborhood seems, count on having to protect your car with anti-theft devices and displaying a security company sticker on the home once you buy it, besides protecting all entrances with motion sensors, etc.... more
I looked at the Lenox this weekend and was pleasantly surprised. They have a new lobby with doorman and full security system which made me feel good. This was the only full service buildining that I was able to find in the area which is a plus for me. I think the area is only getting better. I know people that turned their noses up about Hoboken 10-15 years ago that are kicking themselves why they didn't buy when they could. Now everyones priced out of the area.. Deja Vu... more