The unprecedented conversion of the Scotch Presbyterian Church into luxury condominiums has been unveiled and the eight spectacular residences and two-family home are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Downtown Jersey City. Named for the church’s founding patron, The McKenzie — situated at 160 & 162 Mercer Street — brings a revitalized facade and transformed interiors to one of the city’s most desirable blocks, all while preserving an important piece of Jersey City history.
Lofty light and air characterize the spacious layouts, all comprised of at least two bedrooms and two full baths, with open floor plans and soaring ceilings. Of the eight church residences, six offer a duplex configuration while the top four residences offer direct key-carded elevator access — every urbanite’s city-chic dream. Evenings and weekends at home are certainly revived with significant dining and entertaining space, indoors and out.
To say each unit is appointed with luxury finishes is an understatement: wide-plank white oak hardwood floors and recessed lighting run throughout; custom millwork is complemented by fixtures from Restoration Hardware; kitchens feature top-of-the-line appliances from Bertazzoni, Bosch, and Fisher & Paykel alongside a field of Pure White Caesarstone; Summit Series wine refrigerators and in-unit laundry are a luxe perk, while baths are elegantly clad in Nemo tile.
The church’s arched windows have been meticulously recreated by Parrett and Marvin to striking effect. Both levels of the two duplex penthouses feature operable floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a window line unlike any historic property in Jersey City. The four-bed, four-bath duplex penthouses also feature oversized private rooftop terraces with stunning NYC and JC views.
Adjacent to the original church building’s eight luxe condo units is the former parsonage building, now converted into a two-family home. 25-feet wide and totaling more than 6,000 square feet, the four-story home is comprised of the main residence on floors one through three and a two-bed, two-bath garden apartment perfect for rental income or as an in-law suite. The main residence’s first floor features a wide-open layout including a custom kitchen with designer appliances, walk-in pantry, and a separate breakfast patio. The rear deck leads to a large idyllic backyard. The parsonage can also be sold as two separate condominium units.
The McKenzie is not only in the heart of Downtown Jersey City but also just minutes away from a variety of scenes, both vibrant and serene, that distinguish the neighborhood. Cafes, bars, restaurants, local shops, and services line the downtown streets while Van Vorst Park provides a charming retreat from the city. Art and entertainment abound downtown as well and the city’s largest playground, Liberty State Park, is nearby. The McKenzie is also convenient to the Grove Street PATH station and the light rail, bus, ferry, and Citi Bike are all convenient commute options, too.
This spectacular conversion brings considered luxury to Downtown Jersey City. The only question remaining: Which piece of history at The McKenzie is right for you? For more information, please visit themckenziejc.com and contact the exclusive broker Patrick Southern at 201-232-3381 or [email protected].