Clarus Glen Ridge, the luxury rental community in the historic Borough of Glen Ridge, is now under construction, developer JMF Properties announced today.
Located on Baldwin Avenue, just a short walk from downtown Montclair and steps from NJ TRANSIT’s Bay Street train station, Clarus Glen Ridge will deliver 110 modern rental residences and upscale amenities to the local market. The community is designed to offer an ultra-luxury lifestyle experience that incorporates the benefits of both urban and suburban living.
“You’re 1,000 feet from everything, and that’s what we really like about this property,” said Joe Forgione, the Founder and Principal of JMF Properties. “You can walk to the train station, and shops, restaurants, and nightlife destinations in Montclair. But at the same time you are in a quiet, relaxed neighborhood that truly feels like home. This is a luxury product, designed first and foremost with the lifestyle experience of our residents in mind, and we are proud to announce that construction is underway.”
Clarus Glen Ridge is the second community by JMF properties that will carry the “Clarus” brand name. Clarus Maplewood opened in October, 2017, leased up quickly, and won multiple awards and accolades, including 2018 “Community of the Year” honors for mixed-use communities from the Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey and the prestigious WELL Certification – Gold Level by the International WELL Building Institute™.
Taking its cue from the property’s Latin name, which means “clear” or “bright,” Clarus Glen Ridge will offer a balanced lifestyle with light-filled residences, exquisite finishes and appointments, and a curated collection of amenities. A variety of one- and two-bedroom floorplans will be available. JMF Properties anticipates a spring, 2020, grand opening for the property.
Residents of Clarus Glen Ridge will have access to a full-complement of amenities, including a state-of-the-art wellness center with fitness room and yoga/spin room with virtual fitness, lobby lounge, social lounge, billiards room, library, business center, package room, bike storage, second floor residents’ lounge, and a theater. Outside, a landscaped courtyard will include multiple seating areas, a game area, al fresco dining areas, grills and a fire pit. Clarus Glen Ridge will be a pet-friendly community, and dog owners will appreciate the on-site bark park. Plenty of covered, secure garage parking will be available thanks to the 220-space garage that is already completed.
Glen Ridge is a charming borough of a little over 7,000 residents in suburban Essex County, about 14 miles from Manhattan. It is known for its tree-lined streets lit by elegant gas lamps and its top notch public schools, ranked highly by the ratings websites Niche.com and Greatschools.org. The Glen Ridge Historic District comprises over 90 percent of Glen Ridge, and runs the entire length of the Borough. It includes some of the most well preserved examples of residential architecture from the turn of the 19th Century.
Residents of Clarus Glen Ridge will be able to walk to the Bay Street train station, which offers direct service to New York Penn Station in about 35 minutes and Hoboken Terminal in about 30 minutes. The Glen Ridge train station is also nearby and offers a similar commute on NJ TRANSIT’s Montclair-Boonton line.
The center of Glen Ridge offers a number of neighborhood businesses, including a coffee shop, restaurants, a nail salon, a yoga studio and other stores and service businesses. Neighboring Montclair is vibrant and teeming with culture. Visitors could spend hours visiting the many art galleries sprinkled throughout the downtown, or taking in The Montclair Art Museum’s renowned collections of American and Native American art. The restaurant scene is electric, offering some of New Jersey’s most popular gourmet and international cuisine, as well as casual eateries, coffee shops, and bars with live music.
The location of Clarus Glen Ridge will appeal to people who love spending time outdoors. Glenfield Park is within walking distance, the Glen Gazebo overlooking Toney’s Brook is right in the center of town and several other parks are just a short drive away. Hikers will have their choice of local destinations, including the South Mountain Reservation, Hilltop Reservation, Eagle Rock Reservation, and Mills County Reservation Park. The Glen Ridge Country Club is just over a mile away, offering golf, tennis, an outdoor swimming pool and much more.