Couple Finds Character and Community at ParkVue at Livingston
April 06, 2018
Unique technologies, new amenities, ideal location drive Adam Baranker and Jill Koenigsberg’s choice
LIVINGSTON, N.J. April 06, 2018 – When Adam Baranker and Jill Koenigsberg began their search for a two-bedroom apartment last year, they were in search of a community that would feel more like a home than a rental. It didn’t take long to find ParkVue at Livingston, where they were so impressed with the amenities that they wanted to sign the lease on the spot at the brand-new luxury rental community.
“What made us fall in love with our apartment was its character,” said Baranker. “It has cool entryways, different walls and different twists and turns that not a lot of apartments have. It felt homey right away.”
The couple, who are in their early 30s, chose the Summit model, a 1,257-square-foot, two-bed, two-bath in Building 1000. Adjacent to the living room is a gourmet kitchen with extra-tall cabinets, brand-new stainless-steel appliances and an eat-up bar. The second bedroom serves as a guest bedroom for the couple’s visitors. Wood flooring, spacious closets, and a dramatic transom ceiling are found throughout.
“All the other apartments we saw had two bedrooms immediately off the common area, and this one isn’t laid out like that,” said Koenigsberg. “It feels more like a home and less like an apartment.”
The couple chose Livingston because of the township’s proximity to work. Koenigsberg is a kindergarten teacher in Newton, while Baranker is assistant director of Jeff Lake Day Camp, Stanhope, N.J.
“Many of the campers live in Livingston, and it’s so wonderful to go to the bagel shop and run into my camp families,” Baranker said, adding that he and Koenigsberg can easily get to New York City on weekends. “Livingston is the epicenter of my community.”
According to the couple, ParkVue at Livingston incorporates technology in a way which provides modern conveniences other buildings simply didn’t offer. And it’s not just the new appliances and modern architecture: Baranker and Koenigsberg regularly use a smartphone app to safely retrieve packages and mail after hours, a feature which has added great flexibility to their daily routines.
“At my last apartment, the leasing office held our packages and we couldn’t retrieve them if we came home after the office closed,” said Koenigsberg, who previously lived in Cedar Knolls. “At ParkVue, we can retrieve our packages up to 11pm if we wanted to… it’s been a great option for our boxed meal service, since we don’t want food sitting outside our front door until we get home from work.”
Baranker, who lived in Roseland prior to ParkVue, added that the tech details demonstrated ParkVue’s commitment to detail from floor to ceiling.
“ParkVue is checking all the right boxes,” Baranker said. “All the details were carefully thought out, especially the tech details such as the video entry system.”
And while it was initially the charm of the apartment that won them over, ParkVue’s communal atmosphere contributed to their happiness in their new home. Baranker and Koenigsberg use ParkVue’s clubhouse, gym and pool. Koenigsberg said she loves that her neighbors know one another and look out for each other’s well-being.
“Everyone who we have met wants to get to know each other,” Koenigsberg said. “At the apartment where I came from, I rarely saw the same people twice. There was a lot of turnover, but we’re getting the idea here that people are sticking around, and it’s nice to see familiar faces.”
On the other hand, Koenigsberg said the unit’s privacy is unparalleled to other places she used to live, citing the private entrance, direct access to the parking garage and even the notably well-constructed walls. “We hear nothing!” Koenigsberg exclaimed. “We’ve never heard the neighbors through the walls, we don’t hear dogs, we don’t hear people in the hallway.”
For Baranker, ParkVue at Livingston sits at the cross-section of ideal location, top-shelf amenities and great community, all of which add up to a perfect place to live. “We’re tough critics in a way – we’re growing up in a generation where things are always ‘cutting-edge,’” Baranker said. “We have high expectations, but it’s obvious that ParkVue has crossed their T’s and dotted their I’s. ParkVue at Livingston has exceeded our expectations.”
Squiretown Properties, the developers of ParkVue, whose family has lived in Livingston for the past 40 years, recently announced that Building 3000 is 70% leased. Immediate occupancies are available.
To tour a furnished unit or learn more about unit availability, please call (973) 251-2454 or visit www.RENTPARKVUE.com. The leasing center is located at 1 Briggs Circle (GPS 211 Eisenhower Parkway) in Livingston. Hours at the leasing office are Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment, Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The exclusive marketing and leasing company is Builder Marketing Services.