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Inside Clarus in Glen Ridge: A New Luxury Rental Community Steps from Montclair

by Ainsley Layland
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Situated on a quiet street in a suburban town yet conveniently located to the hustle and bustle of downtown Montclair and New York City, Clarus Glen Ridge offers the best of both urban and suburban living. The community located at 277 Baldwin Street in Glen Ridge opened for leasing in mid-September and is already at 60% capacity. Keep reading to learn more about the building, the amenities, and what makes Clarus Glen Ridge an innovative living space.

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Convenience in Glen Ridge

Clarus Glen Ridge is the second luxury rental community to open under the JMF Properties Clarus brand name, the first of which is in Maplewood. The Clarus brand’s inaugural community is the first in New Jersey to earn the prestigious WELL Certification, Gold Level, by the International WELL Building Institute™, which recognizes buildings designed to enhance the health and wellness of its occupants.

“Clarus Glen Ridge builds on the tremendous popularity of our first ‘Clarus’ community, Clarus Maplewood, but on a grander scale with more amenities and luxuries,” said Joe Forgione, the Founder and Principal of JMF Properties. “We designed this community to offer residents a complete lifestyle package, and the opportunity to take advantage of everything Glen Ridge and Montclair have to offer. The result is a product that brings a new housing type to the area and sets a new standard for luxury living, one that we are thrilled to showcase to prospective renters now that the community is officially open.”

The Interior Design + Custom Scent for Clarus Glen Ridge Residents

The décor inspiration comes from a variety of luxury hotels around the world.

“We want the hotel-like atmosphere to help residents feel relaxed, like they are on vacation, and excited to return home at the end of the day,” Forgione said. “Clarus Glen Ridge even has its own scent, like many of the world’s top hotels, which is diffused in the lobby daily and provided to residents as a scented candle.”

Clarus Glen Ridge was designed “from the inside out” meaning the resident experience was considered first and foremost throughout the development process. The development team put itself in the shoes of future residents, decided what they could do to make their lifestyle truly extraordinary and convenient, and then worked “backwards” to achieve that goal.

In particular, significant attention was paid to how the built environment at Clarus Glen Ridge can have a positive impact on the health and wellness of its residents, just like it was at Clarus Maplewood.

The Property Highlights

One- and two-bedroom residences are currently available for leasing with select residences including dens and private outdoor space. JMF’s Clarus brand emphasizes light-filled residences, exquisite finishes, and curated amenities to brighten resident’s  days. Light-filled interior spaces with nine-foot ceilings and oversized windows are equipped with custom shades. 

Gourmet kitchens feature European-style two-tone cabinetry, soft-close cabinets and drawers, and quartz countertops with under-mount stainless steel sink and faucet. The Whirlpool stainless steel gas-burner cooktop with a vented hood is perfect for the burgeoning chef.

Spa-like custom baths with marble floors, walls, and accents create an at-home oasis for each resident. Each residence features an in-unit Whirlpool washer and dryer. Energy Star certified appliances and a high-performance heating and cooling system with rooftop HVAC provide residents with the most efficient system in the industry, saving money on energy usage. 

The Amenities

The amenity package at Clarus Glen Ridge starts with access to the community’s cutting-edge wellness center which includes state-of-the-art exercise equipment with touch consoles, cycling, TRX® suspension training, a heavy bag, kettlebells and more are available. A separate personal training studio gives residents access to Echelon® Reflect Touch touchscreens with both live streaming and on-demand training classes like Zumba, yoga, and kickboxing.

Additional amenities include a quiet reading lounge, parlor with gas fireplace and wet bar, business center with work-from-home amenities including a private conference room with a screen for video conferences. Residents can also take advantage of the theatre room and billiards room with a vintage billiards table. 

Outside, residents enjoy a courtyard with seating areas, outdoor dining, a fire pit, and grills. The four-legged residents at Clarus Glen Ridge can run around in the expansive on-site dog park. The building also houses storage lockers, bike storage, and 24/7 maintenance.


​​The garage was designed to offer residents direct access to their floor, making it easy for them to take in items such as groceries or luggage and bypass common areas for those who wish to socially distance. A comprehensive security system is in place to ensure resident safety including a keyless entry system.


The Nearby Community

Clarus Glen Ridge residents can walk to the many restaurants, parks, and cultural attractions that downtown Montclair is known for, but when they return home, they are in a quiet, relaxed suburban neighborhood away from the hustle and bustle,” Forgione mentioned. “It really is the best of both worlds.”

The Bay Street train station is just a block away, offering residents a direct, 40-minute commute to and from New York Penn Station on NJ Transit’s Montclair-Boonton line. Nicolo’s Italian Bakery & Deli is right down the street. Bloomfield Avenue in downtown Montclair is just a short walk away, home to an array of gourmet restaurants, boutique shops, cafes, galleries and cultural attractions. Charming, pedestrian-friendly Church Street is a little less than a mile away.

Clarus Glen Ridge also offers limited-time special incentives for essential workers and select employers, including local corporate offices. Prospective residents can call 973-354-5555 or email [email protected] with questions regarding current incentives or schedule an appointment.

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