The lure of living in an historic home complete with modern interiors and luxury finishes has clearly resonated with buyer as sales soar at East Gate, the first residential community to be brought to market in the redevelopment of the 1,226-acre former Fort Monmouth army post in Oceanport.
More the 70 percent of the 68 townhomes, duplexes and single-family residences at the well-established neighborhood have been sold, according to CB New Homes, which is conducting the on-site sales program for developer RPM Development Group. Propelling a surge in buyer interest during the fall selling season has been the transition of East Gate into an active and lively community that is now home to over 40 homebuyers.
East Gate has been created in renovated century-old Officer’s Housing at Fort Monmouth and offers a classic residential environment with a twist of historic charm. Homeowners enjoy the added benefit of residing in an inviting neighborhood where residents can be found strolling along completed sidewalks and mature trees dot the landscape.
“The vision of East Gate is now in focus and buyers have certainly taken notice,” says Michael Hong, assistant vice president of Development at RPM. “This is one of the most unique residential environments in New Jersey and East Gate was conceptualized to breathe new life into Fort Monmouth by drawing residents who would make it their home. With the arrival of so many of our homeowners, there’s an infectious energy within the neighborhood that prospective buyers are clamoring to join.”
Also contributing to the recent success at East Gate is a high level of urgency created by a dwindling inventory of residences. Included in the available homes is Officer’s Row, the final housing phase at East Gate, which features a limited number of high-end, three-bedroom duplexes and single-family, detached residences. The homes are situated in one of the most desirable community locations on Allen Avenue with scenic waterviews of Parker’s Creek. The luxury of the spacious homes is rooted in the prestige for which they are named, having served as residences for highranking officers stationed on the post Homes in Officer’s Row are priced from the upper $700,000s and feature 2.5 baths, spacious dining/living room, open-concept kitchen, expansive master bedroom suite with lavish master bath and sitting room and den. Residences provide expansive backyards with large patios to take advantage of water views of Parker’s Creek.
As an added bonus, crown molding can be found throughout the main living level and hardwood flooring is included on both the first and second floors, desired finishes not available in previous duplexes.
East Gate has been quick to differentiate itself thanks to eye-catching architecture and distinctive homes that offer an attractive alternative to the area’s conventional housing stock. To create a nostalgic, yet modern living experience at the community, RPM Development has blended the original building exteriors, which date back to the early 20th century, with contemporary interiors boasting expansive living spaces and designer finishes and appointments.
In addition to Officer’s Row, a limited number of townhomes and duplexes are available in Phase II at East Gate priced from the $500,000s to the mid-$700,000s.
Palermo Edwards Architecture has remodeled the buildings’ interiors to create new two- and three-story homes with luxurious kitchens and bathrooms and a high level of style and comfort. Generous floor plans feature designer elements, including modern kitchens with granite or quartz countertops, stainless-steel Kohler fixtures and GE appliance packages; and master-bathroom suites with double-vanity countertops, Moen Eva faucets and showers with built-in benches and semi-frameless shower doors. Residences also provide hardwood flooring throughout first floors in the townhome designs and throughout both first and second floors in the duplex and single-family floor plans.
Residents of East Gate enjoy living in one of the Jersey Shore’s premier live/play environments. Just steps from the homes, RPM Development recently completed and dedicated East Gate Park, a one-acre outdoor space featuring a monument paying homage to Fort Monmouth’s storied past, pedestrian pathways, benches, newly-seeded lawns, seasonal flowers and shrubbery, and a modernized lightning/lantern package. Other amenities and services include the nearby Marina at Oceanport, parade grounds and open space, walking and biking trails around Parker’s Creek.