Just fourteen miles from Manhattan, along the Midtown Direct rail line, affluent South Orange, New Jersey, has emerged as an upscale township painted with history, charm, and an ever growing number of luxury residential havens.
Building upon this upward trajectory, the not to missed opportunity is available for a luxury developer who will purchase lots 70-74 Second Street, along with its proposed* architectural plans for The Hiwote, a collection of eight city-chic brownstones designed by celebrated South Orange developer, Yayine Melaku.
Yayine, owner of The Y Group LLC, is a community fixture who, after spending her childhood in South Orange, poured passion and dedication into designing and building The Mignote on Second, named after her first born. The Mignote on Second, an eight unit mixed-use building featuring four simplex 2 bedrooms and four duplex 3 bedrooms, is known for its airy high-style dwellings.
Proposed* plans for the aptly named The Hiwote, for Yayine’s second born daughter, includes eight row homes intended to echo the brownstones of New York City’s wealthiest neighborhoods. The vision? Marry fashionable city-chic architecture to the quintessential lifestyle of South Orange’s neighbors, rich diversity**, and small-town charm.
“My initial vision for the project was for the brownstones to feel like transplants from the city; so those transitioning from posh uptown life may feel right at home as they settle into South Orange’s slowed-down, yet no less vibrant, way of life.” – Yayine
With proposed designs including available modifications and harmony with the pair of double plots, the collection of brownstones are each projected to sell near $2M each, once constructed.
Glamorous at first sight, passers-by will feel they’re strolling one of London’s famed alabaster-hued residential rows, while timeless NYC architecture is brought forward with sublime view-enhancing glass-wrapped terraces, black-framed windows, architectural details and clean lines.
Inside, residents may be treated to a 4 bedroom/4.5 bath escape featuring full walk- out glass filled lower ground family room with architecturally wrapped ethanol fireplace, white oak herringbone patterned hardwoods, soothing palettes, voluminous vistas of natural light, and a slice of urban drama defined by gallery-worthy fixtures, state-of-the-art appliances, glass elevator, and minimalist lines beaconing elegant furnishings.
The Hiwote will dovetail with currently six large-scale developments in production and/or nearing completion in South Orange’s high-demand downtown. With 2022’s Smart Growth Award winner, Taylor Vose, and of course Yayine’s own The Mignote on Second paving the way, prospective developers can expect to be taken by The Hiwote’s renderings – along with its superb location – and seek a stake in its development.
With New York City just a stroll plus thirty minute train ride to Penn Station, residents can stretch out in South Orange knowing the global epicenter of commerce, art, and innovation is near-at-hand. Within the township, K-12 education is highly-rated, with Seton Hall University holding accolades of excellence. Near to the property, The South Orange Performing Arts Center supports the town’s thriving arts culture, while an array of unique eateries and fine dining options enjoy state-wide recognition.
Following the success of The Mignote, The Hiwote is set to become as successful a residential development as its sister property.
To inquire after details for purchasing the properties with proposed plans for development, contact Yayine Melaku directly at [email protected] or 973.229.2492.
*The proposed plans have not been approved.
** As described by Wikipedia