Halpern Real Estate Ventures Announces Occupancy is Now Underway at Birch House on Jersey City’s West Side

Occupancy is now underway at Birch House, marking another step forward in the evolution of Jersey City’s West Side into a new residential hub.

The arrival of the initial residents is an important milestone in the maturation of the striking six-story building and signifies its transition into a lively and vibrant residential address is happening fast.  The new renters have been quick to embrace the amenity-rich, green-centric lifestyle at the new rental which features a mix of 337 studios, one-, and two-bedroom homes available with immediate occupancy.

“We are excited to welcome the first renters and begin the process of establishing a community at Birch House,” said Joel Halpern, Managing Director of Investments for developer Halpern Real Estate Ventures (HREV).  “It’s been gratifying to watch this building come to life with residents enjoying our high-end homes and nature-inspired outdoor and indoor amenities that not only inspire a sense of tranquility, but also provide an activity-rich environment.”

Matt Jolles is one of the first to call Birch House home.  Moving to the New York metro area from Boston, Matt researched several rental buildings on Jersey City’s West Side.  “I was relocating to the Jersey City area for work,” Matt said. “Initially I had no plans to visit Birch House, but when we had an opening in my schedule, my dad suggested we walk into the leasing office.”

He was immediately struck by the eye-catching building and was immediately sold on its homes and lifestyle.  Located at 49 Fisk Street, Birch House checked many of the boxes Matt sought in a new home – from an oversized studio apartment layout with designer finishes to the building’s community-centric vibe and extensive amenity offering as an extension of his living room.

“Three characteristics drew me in,” Matt remarked.  “The home has a modern feel that’s created by the kitchen’s aesthetic, wood flooring, overhead lighting and more.  The apartments included everything I needed like an in-home washer and dryer and tons of space.  In fact, I could fit almost all the furniture I had in my previous two-bedroom home into a studio at Birch House.  Third was the building itself.  It has a welcoming lobby that emphasizes nature and an attractive amenity package inside and out.”

Birch House features a network of open space activated for resident use, including a 20,000 square-foot garden courtyard with open green space and extensive landscaping, and a 22,000 square-foot rooftop with 360-degree views of the Hackensack Waterfront District, Downtown Jersey City and Manhattan in the distance.

With a remarkable 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, Birch House creates a dynamic live/work/play environment. Residents can enjoy private and public co-working spaces for flexible work-from-home models. The hotel-like lobby, leading to the second floor by an interconnected stair, serves as an open entrance. Additional amenities include a speakeasy-style bar, state-of-the-art fitness center, private resident’s party room and full-size kitchen, game and billiard room, and convenient covered onsite parking with EV charging stations available.

“I probably go to the roof deck once a day, sometimes to just take in the incredible view,” Matt said.  “The work-from-home spaces are inviting and allow me to go to a dedicated area similar to a co-working space or office that is close to home.”

Monthly rents for the homes at Birch House start at $1,995 per month. Corcoran Group Marketing, the property’s exclusive marketing and leasing agent, has debuted Birch House from an on-site leasing gallery with professionally decorated model residences styled by celebrated NYC-based ASH Staging. The building was designed by renowned Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners, with interiors and amenities curated by The Meshberg Group.

Birch House introduces residences with elevated finishes including custom oversized floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light to fill each home, complementing the wide plank oak floors that grace the interiors. Lavish kitchens come equipped with GE appliances, featuring a four-burner range, stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher, and Frigidaire microwave. The aesthetic is completed with grey quartz countertops, a grey stone-tiled backsplash, white oak and grey cabinetry, and stand-alone kitchen islands. Sumptuous baths offer a luxurious retreat, showcasing porcelain tile floors and wet walls, custom matte black medicine cabinets, and deep soaking bathtubs with handheld shower fixtures.

The building seamlessly integrates environmentally conscious design and state-of-the-art living. Emphasizing sustainability, Birch House incorporates meaningful green features such as a composting system producing fertilizer for the property’s landscaping, community garden planters, rooftop solar panels, electric vehicle chargers, rainwater collection for irrigation, and a vast 20,000 square-foot landscaped park. LED light fixtures and low flow fixtures further enhance the eco-friendly aspect within each residence.

Nestled in the West Side of Jersey City, Birch House is situated in an area often referred to by residents as the Hackensack Waterfront District where significant investment and revitalization efforts are taking root, leading to the creation of a substantial amount of new residences, retail, amenities, greenery, and other community enhancements.

Birch House’s strategic location provides easy access to Route 440, connecting residents to the New Jersey Turnpike and Routes 1 and 9, bringing businesses and popular recreational options in northern New Jersey within easy reach. The Hudson Bergen Light Rail Station, just 5 blocks away, facilitates convenient travel to Downtown Jersey City and Manhattan.

“The location is great,” added Matt.  “It’s super easy to walk to the Light Rail station where I can commute to Downtown Jersey City, and a quick trip to the local grocery and the nearby Hudson Mall.”

The nearby 273-acre Lincoln Park offers access to diverse recreational facilities, including twenty-one public tennis courts, three playgrounds, a dog run, nature trails, several sports fields, and Skyway Golf Course, a scenic 9-hole layout adorned with colorful fescue, magnificent dunes, and rolling fairways.

For additional information on Birch House, please visit www.birchhousejc.com or email at birchhouse@corcoran.com.

About Halpern Real Estate Ventures

Halpern was founded in 2011 by a core team of experienced professionals, bringing together a substantial track record as real estate owners, institutional investors, and capital markets professionals. Halpern is actively engaged as a sponsor and operating partner in development, equity, and structured investments in major metropolitan centers and urban lifestyle cores in the Northeast, Colorado Front Range, and other high growth markets, with a key focus on Opportunity Zone investments. Since its inception in 2011, the Halpern platform has executed 16 investments, with 12 successful realizations and 4 active investments representing well over $1.5 billion of development value.

More information can be found on the website:  www.hreventures.com