We may most often think of the Hunters Point section of Long Island City as the home of a decade-plus building boom that has resulted in a neighborhood of glassy luxury condo and rental towers with amenities galore. But the sleek, vertical community also has an historic district and streets lined with 19th-century row houses.
Built in 1887 as one of six brick houses, the two-story-plus-basement row house at 21-24 45th Avenue is among the neighborhood’s historic finds, and it’s currently for sale asking $1.2 million. The listing notes that the building is being delivered as-is with SRO tenants. It’s currently set up as a five-unit rental property with a vacant sixth (studio) unit.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report describes the Hunters Point Historic District as retaining “on both sides of the street, a feeling of unity and repose, little changed since it was first built, that the excellent state of preservation of so much of its original detail gives it a distinctive character, and that it serves as a microcosm of the domestic architecture of the last quarter of the Nineteenth Century.” The district is also in an enviable location, with many of the neighborhood’s favorite destinations (MoMA PS1, LIC Market and Sage General Store, to name a few) just around the corner.
We’re not sure which unit is pictured in the listing, though it looks like the parlor floor with access to the rear deck–and it looks quite cozy.
This neighborly district is a great place for a back deck and yard, and those rear glass doors are a great way to distribute light open up the space and modernize.
These homes are often admired by visitors to the neighborhood, but they don’t come up for sale too often. We’re guessing the owners aren’t too eager to part with their historic oasis in the land of cookie-cutter luxe.
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