It’s Free to Look: The Long Island City Brownstone

What if there was a way to enjoy Brownstone Brooklyn living that was not only half the price but also one subway stop from Midtown? Welcome to the Hunter’s Point Historic District.

Encompassing a single block in what is now more commonly referred to as Long Island City, this is not the faceless condo living that has become the area’s hallmark in the last decade, but actually some of the best townhouse living in the city, at least if the Greater Astoria Historical Society is to be believed:

The one block on 45th Avenue between 21st and 23rd Streets in Hunters Point is probably the most complete and best-preserved example of the Italianate rowhouses that at one time dominated block after block of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Most of these houses were built in the early 1870s for well-to-do families by two developers, Spencer Root and John Rust.

How about that? Even nicer than the Upper East Side or Park Slope. And for only $1.8 million with Elliman’s Maggie Goldfarb, what’s not to love? Well, there are the two tenants that come with the place, but just think of them as mortgage assistance.

SLIDESHOW: 21-17 45th Avenue

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It’s Free to Look: The Long Island City Brownstone