BAYONNE, NJ–SilkLofts, a unique rental conversion with anunusual array of lifestyle amenities, is moving into Bayonne,offering competition to similar high-end properties in Jersey Cityand Hoboken.

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So far, 47 rental homes have been leased at the Bayonne landmarkresidential property since it debuted earlier this summer,representing nearly 100% of the homes available in the first twobuildings. The strong activity has led to the release ofadditional homes, with occupancy ranging from immediate to October15th.

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SilkLofts features 85 rental homes in all, inthree interconnected, five-story buildings at the intersection of18th Street and Avenue E, close to the22nd Street Light Rail station and minutes from New YorkCity, Jersey City, Hoboken and other Gold Coast locations. Afourth building overlooking a landscaped interior courtyard willfeature a limited offering of artist lofts.

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The homes combine dramatic architectural elements more than 100years old with modern finishes complemented by unique recreationaland social amenities, outstanding views and a commuter-friendlylocation, says SilkLofts, which is transformingthe century-old former Maidenform factory into thenew signature residential property.

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“We're exceeding our goals,” says Doug Stern,president of SilkLofts. “We believed allalong that by delivering a better product and lifestyle, we wouldattract residents to Bayonne. That's exactly what'shappening.”

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Homes at SilkLofts offer a variety of floorplans ranging from 568 to more than 1,300 square feet at monthlyrental rates starting at $1,800. The homes combine19th-century restored elements such as exposed heavytimber columns and brick with modern finishes and appointments thatinnovatively meld it into the 21st century.

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“The Maidenform factory has been an iconicbuilding in Bayonne for over 100 years,” says Stern. “We'veembraced the historic charm of the building and used it as afoundation for a new urban residential destination that rivalssimilarly-inspired residences in areas like Brooklyn, but at aprice point that offers considerable consumer value.”

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The loft residences include 12-to-20-foot ceiling heights,mahogany front doors, exposed brick and wood beams, bamboo and oakgunstock wood floors, gourmet kitchens with Quartz countertopsand chef islands, and washer and dryers. The lofts include naturallight through newly-installed, oversized energy efficientargon-filled factory windows.

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The developer has incorporated creative amenities. Anoutdoor, landscaped pocket park features an herb garden, barbeque,fire pit and a pizza oven. There's also an on-site fitnesscenter, secured on-site parking and a welcoming lobby with historicphotos of the original Maidenform factory.

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“The definition of luxury is changing, particularly in urbanareas,” says Stern. “We've shifted away from cold lobbies andtheater rooms to more socially-interactive spaces and uses whereresidents can connect with each other. That was my goal forthe pocket park, fire pit and pizza oven. I wanted to createa comfortable, casual setting where neighbors would gather andsocialize. We're delighted that our residents are alreadytaking full advantage of it.”

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SilkLofts has been designed to receive LEEDSilver Certification (Leadership in Environmental and EnergyDesign) and is being built in accordance with U.S. Green BuildingCouncil guidelines for developing high-performance, sustainablebuildings. Among the green features are the use of bamboo flooring,energy efficient appliances and recycled materials.

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