Hoboken, NJ

Most Popular Places to Live in Hoboken

Tammy Emineth

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Hoboken, New Jersey takes up just 1.25 square miles of land, making it a tiny city, bordering the west bank of the Hudson River. Despite its stature, the population of Hoboken is 58,690 people. Here, you can find that this city provides an urban feel with many restaurants (mostly with Italian roots), bars, parks, and spunky little cafes. Steeped in a rich history, Hoboken is known for a multitude of reasons, being the birthplace of baseball and the hometown of Frank Sinatra. All these things combined make it a very sought-after city to relocate to. But what about the neighborhoods? Well, Hoboken really doesn't have your traditional "neighborhoods". There are sections of the city that can be referred to by locals and visitors so let's take a look at the most popular areas and places to live in Hoboken.

1. The Waterfront

The Waterfront hugs the Hudson, offering a beautiful scene of Manhattan from many upscale condo buildings. This neighborhood offers easy public transport to other cities. The new addition of restaurants and bars with new walking paths popping up makes for an expansion of the area. The Waterfront area is popular amongst individuals and families alike, full of diverse housing, from luxury apartment complexes to upscale condos. The median home value is $1 million along the waterway, and the area is surrounded by many green parks and attractions. Those who enjoy the outdoors and recreational activities find this neighborhood is the right choice. A few local favorites include:

  • Pier A Park: This stunning waterfront park offers a wonderful view of the Hudson, where you can go fishing, and see Manhattan while taking a stroll on the pier.
  • Sinatra Park: Named for the famous blues crooner Frank Sinatra, who you can see posing as a statue within the greenery, this park offers an outdoor amphitheater and a soccer field, and you can also enjoy kayaking.
  • Newport Centre: This is a huge hotspot for both tourists and locals. Here, you can enjoy three levels worth of shopping, eating, and great views of the water.

2. Downtown

The whole of downtown Hoboken is mainly located on Washington Street, located right off of the waterfront. Here, you will find many diverse restaurants, spunky little cafes, and unique shops to visit all while taking a stroll on the wide sidewalks. This location has a large Italian population, therefore some authentically run Italian restaurants. Public transit is easily accessible for those who reside in downtown Hoboken, proving to be an easy commute to other parts of New Jersey, or New York itself. Because the area has so much to offer, it is in high demand and the median home value is $850k, cheaper than the Waterfront area, but not inexpensive either. A few local favorites include:

  • Hoboken Waterfront: This trendy spot is a beautiful place to catch sight of the Manhattan skyline, and a great spot for tourists to snap a picture. Here, you can also find an escape from the hustle of downtown and visit the greenway and many lawn spaces.
  • Carlo's Bakery: This bakery is owned by Buddy Valastro, the famous baker featured on "Cake Boss," where you can get a variety of cakes, cookies, cannolis, and many other baked goods.
  • La Isla: This Cuban restaurant is cozy and serves classic Cuban-themed dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a fun-filled BYO style!

3. Columbus Park

This neighborhood is located near Columbus Park and offers its residents a dense urban feel, and has 98% more people in the neighborhood than in the nation's communities. This area is excellent for families and young professionals as the neighborhood lie inland on the waterfront in the northern part of Hoboken. The median home value of the Columbus Park area is $923k, and most dwellings are apartment complexes and smaller townhomes. This area does not offer many family-sized homes. A few local favorites include:

  • Columbus Park: The namesake of the neighborhood is best known for its historical sculpture of Christopher Columbus which stands near a 100-year-old gazebo with a sunken garden. Here you can also find many sports courts and a few playgrounds to which a large stadium is connected.
  • 10th Street Pasta & Pizza: This restaurant brings an upscale atmosphere with a fun BYO service for you to enjoy great pasta and pizza, all while proving to be a wonderful place to relax and enjoy good food and company.
  • Dolce & Salato: This Italian cafe resides right in the neighborhood and serves coffee, breakfast, and lunch. A couple of mouthwatering pastries are up for grabs and can also be found on the menu.

4. Northwest Hoboken

Just north of Columbus Park, this neighborhood is a great place for families and younger professionals who want the urban lifestyle without all the hustle of downtown city life. Some wonderful local public schools are located in the neighborhood alongside some beautiful pet-friendly parks. The median home value of Northwest Hoboken is $753k. This area is a good mix of college students and young working professionals. A few local favorites include:

  • Stingray Lounge: This posh cocktail lounge is the perfect place to mingle amongst a serving of classic and contemporary cocktails. This lounge also offers some raw bar fare, where you can pair oysters with a cocktail.
  • Northwest Popup Park: Considered one of Hoboken's largest parks, it is made up of recreational spaces, sports courts, an ice rink, an outdoor stage, and many more accommodations! It is a brand new fantastic addition to the neighborhood.
  • The Hive: This spunky little local coffee shop prides itself on a warm, welcoming atmosphere paired with warm or iced drinks, various baked goods, and a comfy little place to study.

5. Northeast Hoboken (NEHO)

NEHO or Northeast Hoboken, has undergone significant transformation in recent years. The neighborhood has seen a surge in condo development and a transformation of old factories into luxury apartments, attracting new residents to the area. Many of these buildings offer stunning views of the New York City skyline, as well as a variety of amenities such as rooftop decks, fitness centers, and 24-hour concierge service.

If you are planning to move to Hoboken, NJ, and are looking for information about the best neighborhoods in the area, then you should definitely browse the areas. Hoboken can be a wonderful place to call home!

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