Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Union City ... what can we say?

Union City, NJ, is a strange place. On the one hand, it has a whole series of homes--our apartment included--that offer the most unbelievable view of the Manhattan skyline you have ever seen. It also has some quaint residential streets where, clearly, development/redevelopment is happening. And of course, the commute is a breeze: 20 minutes to midtown Manhattan, including the walk to the bus stop if there's no traffic--with traffic, maybe 25 minutes.

But that's about it. The city has no real downtown and offers very few services--make that none, actually. There is one grocery store, but it's kind of like a Food 4 Less; in other words, you don't necessarily always want to do your shopping there. There is a post office and a hardware store, and a couple of corner convenience stores that provide very little that's actually usable. Restaurants? We have eaten at one place that has decent Italian food, but it's really a take-out joint. Haven't seen much else in our walks around nearby neighborhoods.

Surrounding cities, such as Weehawken, West New York and Hoboken, are being or have been developed, so we are wondering when some of that will come into Union City--especially in the way of retail and other services. It seems like it's only a matter of time, because people are moving here and buying/refurbishing homes.

Our only concern about buying a place here--once we're employed, of course--is whether or not it will maintain or increase in value. We would have to study recent sales figures to see what the trends are. And the places for sale in our building have been on the market for several months already. Not sure why, because the prices do seem reasonable.

For now, at least, the apartment is working out fine for us. And we really do love the view. It makes everything else worth the extra trouble!

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