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Old 08-10-2017, 07:00 PM
 
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Hi Guys,

I was hoping to hear people's input on the Roebling lofts in Trenton. I've lived in Princeton and Hamilton NJ for the past 2 years, before that I lived in Texas. I'm planning to move from my 1 bedroom in Hamilton NJ because I pay $1800 for 650 sq ft, which I find ridiculous. The new constructs Roebling Lofts have grabbed my eye.

I took a tour of the Roebling Lofts recently, and they are gorgeous on the inside, and they preserve the history of the Roebling wire factory that built the Brooklyn Bridge... but there is a downside. And that downside is Trenton. Trenton is a slum---no getting around that.

The developer has apparently procured $50 for this Trenton rehab project, which should include Roebling lofts, another residential building, commercial building, and shops and restaraunts around the Chambersburg area, which is right across the street from the Sun Arena and Food Bazar shopping plaza. Because of this, I guess the lofts are in the "safest" area one could hope for in Trenton, but one block down things get rough and FAST.

I have always wanted to live in beautiful lofts, and these lofts deliver in spades. I work in Princeton, everything within a 20 mile radius of work seems overly expensive ($2000+ for an non-renovated 2 bed room from 1980). I can move into these lofts for between $1700-$2000.

DO you guys think it is worth the risk? I really don't know how dangerous the area is. I have tried to use crime watcher websites, but they all just want me to pay. The building itself seems very safe and secure, however the parking garage is not yet built, so I worry about my car in an open air lot (gated, but who cant hop a gate)?

I'm 30 yr male, I work typical workday 9-6 hours. My girlfriend on the other hand works nights and would be getting home between 4-6am, so I worry for her (although she doesn't seem scared at all, shes lived in/near trenton before).
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:47 PM
 
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Only you and your girlfriend can determine your comfort level. That area has a lot of pedestrian traffic during the day, The Roebling Market, the Sun Arena.

Go to dinner one night at Casa Lupita and then walk around the neighbourhood and get a feel for it.

The HHG Group has developed and restored a number of historic buildings in the Trenton area, they are well respected and seem to have a vested interest in the City of Trenton. They restored some of the homes in Mill Hill, unfortunately that neighbourhood has not sustained the value it once had. Hopefully, the Lofts will fare better. Check out the requirements for the affordable units.

The Lofts are gorgeous and close to the train, Rt 1, a doable commute into Princeton.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:10 PM
 
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Here is one site for livability in Chambersburg.

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Old 08-13-2017, 05:38 PM
 
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Thanks JerseyJ. I appreciate the feedback. I'll take your advice and hang out one night in the area.
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