Hoboken and Boerum Hill both offer streets filled with beautiful historic townhomes, small town vibes and close proximity to the big apple for residents. That said, savvy real estate shoppers will find their dollar goes almost twice as far in the “Mile Square City” for comparable luxury without the sky-high price tag.
Bustling Hoboken boasts some of the best waterfront views of Manhattan, a bevy of delicious restaurants, a sterling “family friendly” reputation and a renowned nightlife scene. Comparatively, Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill is a small neighborhood with big culture. Known for its charming boutiques, art scene and restaurants, Boerum Hill residents delight in biking through the area or gathering around Smith Street’s booming restaurant row. Below, we compare two available listings, one from each of these established neighborhoods.
A $3.8 million gut-renovated Hoboken gem offered by Pure Properties stuns from the moment its striking, all-black façade comes into view. 609 Willow Avenue surrounds all who enter with a contemporary industrial design featuring steel accents, exposed brick and wooden beams. Its historic bones have been filled with modern amenities, giving this home paramount individuality. On the parlor level, a steel zig-zag stringer staircase spirals a custom transparent elevator (Yes! An elevator) to the roof deck, creating a sculptural feature on every floor.
Over-sized globe lights descend through a three-story open light shaft, visually amplifying the space’s impressive height and creating a sunlit corridor between floors. Four bedrooms boasting en-suite bathrooms offer fabulous outdoor balconies accessible through fully-opening Nanawall doors with views of a supremely landscaped backyard. At the peak of this home, a built-in beverage center in the penthouse helps to entertain guests who visit the ‘green’ roof deck – environmentally crafted by investment and construction powerhouse Dixon Advisory – with peek-a-boo views of the Empire State Building. 609 Willow Avenue boasts a total of 4,524 square feet at $838 per square foot. The listing states annual taxes of $9,828.
92 Bergen Street, a $6 million meticulously crafted, sunny single-family home presented by Douglas Elliman, sits in quaint Boerum Hill boasting six bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms in a lengthy floor plan. Preserved archways provide a clear line-of-sight through to the back of the home. Hardwood floors shine against white walls with marble accents and stunning architectural pillars throughout. The bright kitchen features an all-glass wall continuing up the first three floors of this vast home. It’s here that you can escape to the outdoors and relax or entertain in the well-groomed private backyard. Several of the bedrooms include en-suite baths with beautiful glass-enclosed showers, and one features a terrace overlooking the backyard. 92 Bergen Street, calculated at 5,300 square feet, asks $1,132 per square foot. The listing states annual taxes of $9,023.
Hoboken vs Boerum Hill, Side by Side:
With varying amenities and designs, both homes are stunning in their own right. Furthermore, proving more or less equivalent in size and bed/bath count, the final selling point for these homes is their location. Whether or not the lure of Boerum Hill is enough to pay almost 60% more is a question only you can answer. Which would you choose?