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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Dixon Mills Launches Sales Website

Dixon Mills, the restored pencil factory apartment complex renovated a decade ago was sold a few months ago with the intent of selling off the units as condominium units. The day has come with the launch of an official website, which of course means Floor Plan Porn. It seems that not every unit has yet been cleared of the former renters as the available units seem to be located randomly thoughout the complex. Either way, we're intrigued by their neighborhood map, in part because of all its retro styling, but mostly because it seems to be the first "neighborhood map" offered by a development to actually place everything in the right place.

Dixon Mills is a historic pencil factory in downtown Jersey City. A decade ago it was converted to rental apartments; now the complex is being sold as condominiums



Anonymous nafco said...

pretty nice watercolor map, except i think they misplaced the GS tower a few blocks north of where it actually is. good reference regardless.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

Oh you are right about the Goldman Tower. I missed that. Although I have to say, its far more accurate than DesinationJerseyCity's map or most other sales maps Ive seen.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope they do something about state prison type environment. Gates, bars and more gates. Very dismal area. Too many projects in the neighborhood. High crime rate too.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the building and it has some neat apartments but, it is way to expensive considering the area. It is really on the fringe of not such great areas and the crime is high, too many hooligans smashing bottles at 11pm on a week night. Compared to where my gf lives in the heights, the dixon area seems like a war zone sometimes.

The area is great as long as you stay east of monmouth and south of columbus. Montgomery Gateway adds to the charm. I wonder if the weichert sales force uses reality distortion when they show the units.

Additionally the construction has problems and although they claim they are going to fix them they really have not made any sizable improvements to the place. Also everyone should not the PROPOSED lifestyle center, not comforting.

I think there is a lot of potential there, but at the prices they are talking and the caliber of the company trying to pull this off.

This is a very risky project to buy into, a historic rehab with construction problems being tackled by a office REIT out of westchester with no hudson county experience.

Fairly nice marketing though, I will give them that, good website. Very bad model property.

I don't think anyone experienced in hudson county realestate is a buyer here at the current prices.

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dixon Mills is like a ghost town now that up to 60% of the tenants have either bought and/or rented elsewhere. Many have purchased elsewhere. The insider buyer's price is inflated (due to the amount of work a buyer would have to do to repair leaks and other deep structural problems-- add to that exorbitant maintenance fees.) This info from a couple that conducted extensive sqft by sqft market research before deciding NOT to buy at Dixon. There are Zen Gardens on top floor units due to unresolved roofing problems that have gotten no more than patch-up repairs (a 12+ year problem!) When it rains heavily elevators become inoperable. During a heavy rain last year you could hear the water rushing down the elevator shaft—an electrical fire waiting to happen. Fire alarms go off frequently when it rains. Another heavy rain caused serious flooding on the ground level of one bldg – up to 2 ft of water. As for renovation, the new units are no more than home depot specials. Yes, the neighborhood is not safe with reported muggings & robberies. But now, even inside the structure is not safe. Daytime construction workers leave secured entries open when they leave, allowing access to anyone passing by. Security does nothing about this. There have been reported parties in unoccupied units as well as people living in them. Not too long ago someone ran around the building banging on people’s doors. While structural problems are imminent in historic buildings it's a shame that the present owners/management are not capable of doing justice to this Jersey City landmark -- it could be a charming downtown locale. As for this tenant, like many others we’ve seen move out, we (luckily!) found a charming loft nearly twice the size of our Dixon space and for pennies more. I am impressed with their marketing but I feel sorry for people who get suckered in to buying at Dixon.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a bitter renter. Dont hate. I live here and my place is perfectly fine. It's the best price per sqt ft downown if you anything. LOSER.

1:53 AM  

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