Long Island City is a neighborhood better known for its warehouses and new waterfront development than it is historic townhouses. But there are a few blocks of the neighborhood that look more Brooklyn than Queens, with 19th century townhouses along tree-lined streets. It’s not everyday that one of these gems hits the market–here’s a charming home that was listed this spring–but this one at 45-10 11th Street is now asking $2.395 million. It’s been in the same family for 34 years and still has lovely interior details from when the home was constructed in 1911.
The three-story, two-family home has been configured as an owner’s triplex on the lower floors, with a one-bedroom rental apartment above. The parlor is the loveliest floor of the house, with a spacious living room and library accessed by the original pocket doors. The living room has a grand fireplace, while the library is appropriately outfitted with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
On the garden level there’s a galley kitchen, and right off the kitchen a dining area and family room that has customized built-in bookcase and cabinets.
The upper floors, which hold the rental apartment, are just as charming as the parlor floor. And the views aren’t bad, either–from the top floor you get a view of the CitiBank tower, an LIC landmark. This home should appeal to book lovers, as there are built-in book shelves up here too.
The kitchen in the rental unit has been recently renovated, according to the listing.
The townhouse boasts lush front and back gardens. But we especially like the 200-square foot brick patio right off the kitchen. A perfect perch to enjoy townhouse living in LIC.
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Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman
Neighborhoods : Long Island City