It’s tough finding apartments near the Delaware River in New Jersey, it’s even tougher to find a review of an apartment complex in that area. So here’s my service to the community, a review of the Frenchtown Commons.
I’ve been living in the Frenchtown Commons for a little over 3 years and in general, it’s been a great experience. The apartments have central air conditioning and the manager of the apartment complex takes great pride in landscaping, maintaining, and fixing problems promptly.
The best thing about the apartment complex is the location. The apartments are located on Route 29 (River Road) and the center of town is about a quarter mile away. The river is also about a quarter of a mile away (or closer if you cut through the business across the street). The town is beautiful, but lately (2007/2008) the town has experienced a decline of sorts, several restaurants and small shops have gone out of business, it’s nowhere as nice as it was a couple years ago, but it could be a lot worse. We have some great restaurants that are still open, plenty of cafes, and quite possibly the best diner in Hunterdon County. The river is absolutely beautiful, clean, clear, and perfect for kayaking, canoing, tubing, or just taking a swim.
While the location is scenic and serene, the downside is that you have to travel about 15-20 minutes to get to a Shopping Center. There is a little grocery store in town which can get you by, but most people will need to visit the Shop-Rite in Flemington or Clinton.
There’s an interesting mix of people that live in the Frenchtown Commons. I think a substantial percentage of people that live here are living here with government assistance. There’s a decent cohort of elderly people and a couple of families that make the Commons their home. In my 3 years, I have never been disturbed, I have never witnessed or experienced criminal activity, it’s just a friendly community. To be honest, I’ve probably been the biggest disturbance with my New Years Eve parties and occasional summer fiestas. My neighbors never complained, they are good people.
The apartment itself is very spacious and the rent is very affordable. In fact, when I signed up for a 1 year lease, I was given the first month of rent for free.
If you’re in your twenties and you’re looking for a crazy nightlife, it’s not the place for you, but if you love the river, an artsy vibe, or just want to get away from it all, this is a great place for you.
One last thing, there’s three great BYOB restaurants in town, BYOBs are great places to take a date on a budget.
Favorite Frenchtown Moment #4
Rope Swing on the Delaware River – Jaclyn, Dave and I all went to a monster rope swing near Bulls Island on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. The rope swing is obviously tied to a tree, the rope hangs about 50 feet down with a big knot at the end. The tree is on top of a steep river bank and you have to climb up a ladder that is permanently hammered into a tree to get the velocity needed to propel you way into the Delaware River. For the crazy people, there’s a tree further back that can launch you even further into the river, but you have to be half Tarzan or insane to attempt. Dave did it with no problem, but I was too scared. Jaclyn swam across the Delaware River and I did the same, but it was a lot tougher for me than Jaclyn. Since this rope swing eludes many people, here’s a map to find it.
Pics of Frenchtown, NJ