Hudson County Real Estate
Hudson County is New Jersey’s physically-smallest and most densely-populated county. Jersey City is the county’s seat and largest city, with about 250,000 residents, but some of the most desirable Hudson County real estate can be found in other prominent municipalities like Union City, Hoboken and Bayonne along with North Bergen, which host 167 acre Braddock Park, West New York and Jersey City. Defined by its proximity to Manhattan, the bulk of the county is a peninsula separating the Hudson River from a series of inlets and the low-lying Meadowlands marsh. Although it is predominantly low-lying, the northern part of the county is defined by the towering Palisades, which provide stunning views of Manhattan, as well as a series of rugged hills that separate the river from the Meadowlands. In fact, the municipality of North Bergen claims to be the “hilliest” city in the eastern United States.
As one of the most diverse counties in the United States, Hudson County is a lively place to live. Different types of Hudson County homes for sale include single-family rowhouses, townhouse-style condos, and individual units in older apartment buildings. Much of the housing stock was built before World War I, with countless preserved structures that have been continuously occupied for a century or more. With its long history of human settlement and an extensive network of preserved parkland, relatively few acres of Hudson County real estate remain open to development. New housing units are constantly being created, however, as older structures are torn down to make way for new single-family bungalows or transit-oriented apartment developments.
Because of the county’s central location within the New York metro area, Hudson County residents have a wide range of employment options within their reach. Many work in booming Jersey City, where recent development has made the central business district one of the largest in the country. A major light rail line runs down the county’s spine, connecting primarily residential tracts of northern Hudson County real estate with commercial districts in the south.
For residents who work across the river, New Jersey Transit operates a network of commuter rail and bus lines running through the county between Newark and New York City, while PATH operates a subway line that connects Hudson County to Lower Manhattan. A major asset of the local real estate market is its physical density: Because of the bevy of mass transit options, carless Manhattan residents looking at Hudson County homes for sale can hop on a train and tour multiple homes across the county in a single day.
Besides the myriad attractions found across the river in New York, Hudson County residents are close to world-class amenities like the Meadowlands Sports Complex, where the New York Jets and Giants football teams play, and the Liberty Science Center, one of the nation’s pre-eminent science museums. The county also has an excellent secondary education system. Hudson County Community College and the New Jersey City University are the county’s principal public universities. With assets like these, it’s no wonder Hudson County homes for sale are some of New Jersey’s most coveted properties!