Van Vorst Park vs. Park Slope: Extra Bedroom, Bigger Yard in Jersey City

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302 Varick Street Jersey City For Rent Comparison Park SlopeAs the cost of renting in Manhattan grows, lots of prospective tenants have started to consider crossing a river in search of more affordable housing options. For those looking to live a body of water away from the big city skyline, one question remains: Should they cross the Hudson or the East River?

Our latest property comparison takes us first to Jersey City’s Van Vorst section and then to Park Slope in Brooklyn. Both properties are a stone’s throw from lush green spaces, but a full townhome at 302 Varick Street is where we’ll begin our search.

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For rent: 302 Varick Street, Van Vorst Park, Jersey City.

The Varick Street home features a charming brownstone exterior and boasts five bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths in its 2,720 square feet of living space. The entry floor sports parquet hardwood floors and a kitchen that comes complete with dark wood custom cabinetry and gorgeous marble countertops. An exposed brick backsplash, stainless steel appliances, gas range, wall oven, and wine cooler round out the space, which connects to a dining room for effortless entertaining.

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Kitchen.
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Dining.

Up on the second floor, you’ll find an open parlor level with large bay windows surrounded by pocket doors. The next floor features two spacious bedrooms that are each flooded with plenty of natural sunlight and offer access to the central bathroom, which boasts a double vanity, large soaking tub, and a separate standing shower.

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Parlor.

The top level of this home is dedicated exclusively to the master suite complete with a large lounge that can be utilized as a spacious sitting room or office. An en-suite bathroom rounds out the space. Other amenities at 302 Varick include a washer dryer on site, a powder room, and access to a private backyard. The gross rent at this Van Vorst property is $6,495, which includes two months free on a 16-month lease.

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Master bedroom.
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Private backyard.

The property is just blocks from the park the neighborhood is named after and conveniently a short walk to the Grove Street PATH station. It’s also a quick jaunt to the Jersey Avenue Light Rail station, and Newark Avenue and Grove Street’s shopping and restaurants are nearby.

For comparison, we’ll now take a look at unit #3 at 498 Second Street in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood. This triplex home is located within a brownstone and features four bedrooms and two baths. Renovated just 18 months ago, the kitchen at this property was overhauled with a high-end double oven, dishwasher, and granite countertops.

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For rent: 498 2nd Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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New wood flooring greets visitors on the parlor level, which features a large living room leading into the aforementioned eat-in kitchen.

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Main level.

The two upper levels are where the four large bedrooms can be found at this property, and there’s a smaller room that can be used as an office or walk-in closet. The master bedroom at 498 Second Street has an en-suite bathroom and the property also features a large laundry room as well as a private deck in the rear.

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Master bedroom.

A shared garden space that the deck overlooks rounds out the triplex, which is located just two blocks from Brooklyn’s Prospect Park greenery. Shopping and dining options line 7th Avenue mere steps from the home, while the Grand Army Plaza station gives access to the 2, 3, and 4 subway lines. Several other lines like the F, G, B, or Q are accessible via another station at 7th Avenue.

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Shared garden.

Rent at the Park Slope triplex clocks in at $10,000 per month, making it a bit steeper than its Jersey City counterpart. While lots of factors need to be considered when choosing a home, an extra bedroom and half bath in Van Vorst, plus a full yard of outdoor space, all at a lower price, demonstrates that Downtown JC compares pretty favorably to this Brooklyn neighborhood.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. How does the taxation situation compare? Isn’t Jersey City property tax much higher than in New York? (although living in New York brings with it the New York City income ta) Also, much of Van Vorst park is in a flood risk zone, as Sandy proved. How does that affect insurance costs between the two areas?

  2. I don’t get the obsession of comparing JC to BK…they’re two completely different regions. BK has a population of $2.6m vs. JC with 270k. The nightlife, scene, food, or basically almost everything in BK is far superior than JC, and always will be. That’s just the way it is when you have 10 times the population. So yes you will pay more money to live in Park Slope than Van Vorst Park. Just comparing two brownstones and ignoring all the other factors that go into the price is kind of silly. Why not compare to a brownstone on UWS NYC?

    Don’t get me wrong I love JC and have lived here for years and will continue to. But it’s not BK and will never be BK.

  3. I don’t know about Brooklyn, but JC’s connectivity to Manhattan on the weekends can be an issue. The PATH works OK during commuting times (although there can be severe overcrowding), but frequencies on the weekend run about every 20 minutes and have been subject to frequent shutdowns for maintenance and Sandy-related repairs. The WTC PATH line is not operating on weekends for the next two years for instance, meaning passengers have to get off and transfer to a ferry (reminiscent of the 19th century). Also, the Hudson River can really add to car service/Uber costs owing to the tolls on the tunnels versus crossing the East River with its free bridges and tunnels. Don’t get me wrong, I really like downtown JC, but these quirks can take some getting used to, especially if you value easy access to Manhattan on the weekends.

  4. In no way, shape or form can one compare downtown Jersey City to neighborhoods in Brooklyn. There is nothing like The Brooklyn Museum, the BK Botanical Gardens, BK Library, BK Navy Yard, DUMBO, Atlantic Ave, Bedford Ave, Barclays Center, and on and on. The ambiance, vibe and history are totally different. Brooklyn has and has had ‘ je ne sais quoi’ that doesn’t exist in JC. Both have good places to live and eat and hang with JC being the somewhat more affordable choice, but in terms of identity there’s no comparison. Let JC develop its own thing whatever that may be.

  5. I actually agree with this article. Sure, there’s the brooklyn museum, and botanical garden, but are you kidding me, $3,500 extra per month so you can say to all your friends and coworkers that you live in Brooklyn? And the Subway in NYC isn’t that great on weekends. So much of the time work is being done on the lines that it disrupts one’s commute. Live in JC and pay the $100 Uber rides to BK if you need to go to that bar or museum! You can afford to do it 35 times during the month and still break even!

    • If one can afford $10k/ month for rent JC is most likely not going to be your first choice as a place to live nor is Uber vs taking the subway going to be much of a consideration. And if you live in Park Slope there’s no need to take the subway as one can walk to Prospect Park , BK Museum, BK Gardens, or BK Library. Ever hear of a book called Last Exit to JC or A Tree Grows in JC? What’s next? Is some developer going to start comparing Newark Ave to a street off the Champs-Eylesees in Paris?

  6. Gotta love how JerseyDigs try to get on board with Fulop and “make it yours.” Van Vorst is in a flood zone, park is crowded with people and it is so small. Why the hype? Lots of Williamsburg hippies moving in. Run!

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