Liberty National/Port Liberté

One of the largest private environmental cleanups in New Jersey’s illustrious history plus world-class condominiums and a championship caliber golf course

When it comes to difficult sites, Ironstate’s conquering of the development of the Port Liberté community and Liberty National Golf Course may be without equal. Situated along a heavy industrial site, redevelopment of this parcel required one of the largest private cleanups in history, and a close partnership with the NJDEP, before groundbreaking could even begin.

However, Ironstate persevered and if you visited the site today, you would never know that the area was once the site of some of the state’s most environmentally

damaging refineries and industrial plants. Today, there is hardly a trace of the dismantled oil tank storage facility with its twenty decrepit warehouses. In its place: a world-class golf course built on environmentally sustainable principles and the home of the PGA’s prestigious Barclays tournament as well as the stunning Port Liberté residences: condominiums designed by visionary French architect François Spoerry featuring European-style architecture, an on-site ferry terminal, private launches, and other luxury amenities.

Upon the completion of Port Grimaud, a spectacular waterfront community in France’s Saint-Tropez — visionary French architect François Spoerry embarked on a similar canal-style community in Jersey City in the early 80’s.

My ambition has been
to produce a style of
architecture that
makes the
heart sing.


The original European-style canal plan gained considerable traction in the media. However, due to the high cost of the canal, and in light of the significant environmental issues, combined with the economic recession and an inexperienced development team, the original project failed.

In 1994, Ironstate acquired the land from the Resolution Trust Company and transformed Spoerry’s “Venice of America” into a modern community. Today, the community of Port Liberté is a 1,650-unit waterfront condominium community and was named “Community of the Year” by the New Jersey Builders Association.

Connecting award-winning recreation to the luxury residences of Port Liberté, Ironstate chose veteran golf architect, Bob Cupp, and former PGA tour star, Tom Kite to create Liberty National Golf Course. The 18-hole championship-caliber golf course is now home to The Barclays, a tournament in the PGA Tour.

A good golf course
makes a beautiful
backdrop. At Liberty
National, the backdrop
makes the golf
course beautiful.

As the land was contaminated by previous owners’ operations, Ironstate conceived the idea to build a golf course to cap and contain the contamination. The result was Liberty National Golf Course.

As part of the development, Ironstate built a custom NY Waterway Ferry Terminal creating a connection to mass transit, alleviating traffic along Jersey’s coast.

The relaunched community features more than magnificent views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. It also boasts a multitude of private amenities including a health club overlooking the river, a waterfront promenade, two resort-style swimming pools, private boat slips, and a NY Waterway Ferry connecting Port Liberté to Downtown Manhattan.