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About Ironbound

The Ironbound, a large neighborhood just southeast of Newark’s Central Business District, is one of the most culturally vibrant neighborhoods in the city. An internationally renowned food culture resides here, with Portuguese, Brazilian and Spanish restaurants, tapas bars, and clubs.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $200,000 to $575,000

Closed Prices: $190,000 to $650,000

Median Sale Price: $310,000

Average $ per sq ft: $360

Association Fee Ranges: $0 to $390

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1847 to 2010

Sq. Ft.: 1847 to 2010 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 8 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 5 Bathrooms

Lot Size: 0 - 3 acres

Getting Around Ironbound

Around Ironbound

The Ironbound, known locally as Down Neck, is located east of Newark Penn Station, where Amtrak and NJ Transit rail lines divide the city. The Passaic River divides the Ironbound from Harrison just to the north and then curves around the eastern, more industrial edge of the neighborhood, where Routes 1-9 divide Newark from Jersey City. In recent years, efforts have been made to boost activity on the Passaic River waterfront. The 12.3 acre Newark Riverfront Park first opened there in 2013, and features a baseball field, turf-covered soccer field, basketball and tennis courts, new hiking trails, and venues for salsa and traditional dancing, fitness, and other outdoor activities. Visitors can take boat tours or kayak on the Passaic River. Plays are shown at the park's open theater.

Prices in the Ironbound are considered moderate for the city, as the neighborhood attracts many New York City commuters due to its proximity to Newark Penn Station.

The Ironbound's food culture has an international reputation as visitors have a wide selection of Spanish and Portugese steak houses, seafood restaurants, coffee shops, tapas bars, nightclubs, and other venues. The neighborhood is the site of an annual Portugal Day celebration and three-day festival centered around the main Ferry Street artery, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Independence Park, originally designed by the Olmstead Bros. in the late 19th century, is also based in the Ironbound and features many athletic facilities and other venues for local families. Because of its proximity to the riverfront and local railroad facilities, the Ironbound is one of the most industrial neighborhoods in the city. However, there is a thriving residential community with mostly single and multi-family homes and low-rise condo/townhouses. The New York Red Bulls professional soccer team plays right across the river in Harrison, N.J., which can be reached by car, walking across the bridge, or one stop from Penn Station on the PATH train.

The neighborhood has more than 170 restaurants, bars, and small retailer and is one of the most walkable sections of the city. It often has the feel of an old European city and the traffic often reflects that sense. The Red Bulls soccer team plays in Harrison, N.J., located right across the river in Harrison.

Take a jog, bike ride, or walk in one of the local parks, or take the family on a picnic. Ample shopping, art galleries, Sunday brunch options are available locally.

Its location has made the Ironbound an attractive site for commuters, as Newark Penn Station is within walking distance or a short bus connection for most residents, offering bus and rail connections on NJ Transit minutes to Midtown Manhattan or longer connections on Amtrak to Boston and Washington D.C. NJ Transit also offers a one stop connection to Newark Liberty International Airport, which is one stop away on the train and a major local employer. Jersey City, Hoboken, Wall Street and are also minutes away with easy connections to the PATH rail service, which is also located at Newark Penn Station.

Locals Love

  • Great restaurant scene
  • Access to public transit
  • Great parks

Locals Don't Love

  • Traffic congestion
  • Parking near Penn Station
  • Noise at night

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