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Best Of The Outer Boroughs

The views from Manhattan are often not as spectacular as the views of Manhattan - and that is the beauty of the View, a condominium tower with 24-hour doorman/concierge and a gym at 46-30 Center Boulevard, along the Long Island City waterfront just south of the iconic landmarked red Pepsi-Cola sign. On the market for $3,995,000, Penthouse 5, a duplex on the 17th and 18th floors, has straight-on Manhattan views enhanced by the 14-foot ceilings and in the living space in the lower floor. The duplex penthouse comes with a terrace off the living room, a balcony upstairs and three bedrooms - all one subway stop from Grand Central Terminal. A special tax program to encourage Queens development extends tax relief to 2027.

"People who work in Midtown say it is faster to get to work in Midtown say it is faster to get to work from here than it is from other parts of Manhattan - and families, singles and empty nesters love it because it is more open and quiet," said Sharon Walker Flynn, sales agent with Stribling & Associates. "Not having as many tall buildings crammed together has its advantages, and the breeze off the river can really make a difference in the summer months. The price could be double or even triple across the river for something comparable."

Built in 1925 on a quiet street within Forest Hills Gardens, 70 Greenway South is located on a corner lot in a community that served as the site the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, and was long renowned as a home for diplomats, ambassadors and even a former vice presidential candidate. The six-bedroom stone Tudor has a two-car garage and a massive lower level that can serve as an in-law suite. The upper two floors comprise five bedrooms, a den with a balcony, a study and a master bedroom with the first of the home's three wood-burning fireplaces. The step-down living room features windows on three sides and another fireplace.

The four-level home is on the market for $3,750,000. "This property retains the architectural excellence that won an award from the Queens Chamber of Commerce ["First Prize for Excellence in Design and Civic Value," 1929], and is today one of the few that still has its original leaded glass windows and stone turret, with a stone walkway and yard in front with an irrigated garden with magnolia trees and azaleas," said Astrid Pillay, associate broker with Halstead Property. "Solid-stone Tudors of this vintage are especially beautiful, and this one is on a very residential corner lot, with very little traffic, and plenty of light on all sides."


The colonial-style stone mansion at 5240 Independence Avenue is situated on nearly half an acre in the prime estate section of Riverdale near Wave Hill and the Riverdale Yacht Club in the Bronx. After the original developer abandoned the project in its early stages, the 7,000-square-foot home was completed in 2012 by the current owners, who added $1 million worth of improvemenets including a double-height foyer, a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, an eat-in kitchen with Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances,and seven bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. The grounds, which include an expansive front, side and leveled backyard with an attached two-car garage, are a short walk from the Metro-North train station. On the market for $3,995,000, the home has four-zone central heat and air and an Eco-Star slate-like roof.

"It is in perfect, basically new condition, which, because most Riverdale homes are older, is a real find," said Meira Lavin, sales agent with Brown Harris Stevens. "All of the rooms have an expansive feel, which is also rare in Riverdale, with a large media room [with a gas fireplace], an office and a large, open kitchen for modern suburban-style living in the city."

In South Brooklyn, Manhattan Beach offers attractive single-family homes near Shore Boulevard and Emmons Avenue,the locus of shore-centric nightlight near Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach. The red brick, 4,500-square-foot colonial-style home at 137 Hastings Street in Manhattan Beach, on the market for $3,550,000, comes with two decks, a backyard and parking for as many as six cars. The entrance gallery leads to a great room, with 11-foot ceilings abd ab eat-in kitchen with Versace marble floors, and a lower level large enough to accomodate a pool table, home theater and a sauna. The property is outfitted with video surveillance, crown-moldings ceilings, intricate floor inlays and two terraces, with a media room/loft on the second floor.

"It feels like the suburbs, with the beach and the nightlift nearby," said Simon Ifraimov, sales agent for Douglas Elliman Real Estate. "Here you can live in a five-bedroom single-family house in Brooklyn for under $4 million. Just that is news to some people."

Built in 1901, 556 3rd Street in Park Slope is a classic 4,500-square-foot, four-level limestone-clad townhouse a block and a half from Prospect Park. The current owners, who also own a gallery in London, repurposed the house's second floor with a white epoxy floor and installation art as part of a major remodel 10 years ago. They kept the design contemporary and spare, with Miele, Sub-Zero and Gaggenau appliances, stone countertops and white lacquer cabinets in the large atrium kitchen that overlooks the garden in the back. There are three outdoor spaces, including the backyard with a garden, an ipe wood deck off the main living room area and a roof deck.

The home is listing for $4,950,000. "When they bought the house and remodeled, they spared no expense to modernize it, with three different locations for a home theater and a marble gas fireplace, while keeping the most desirable original details," said Saul Shapiro, sales agent with Brown Harris Stevens. "A buyer reall doesn't need to do anything. If they like contemporary design, this is it."

The brand-new, single-family townhouse at 181 President Street between Henry and Clinton Streets is being marketed as "the most sophisticated townhouse in Carroll Gardens." The lot is one of the area's widest, and the building, with a herringbone brick facade that blends into the neighborhood in a contemporary way, features a six-level elevator and a multicar garage (with a built in Tesla electric charging system). Besides the rooftop terrace with views of Manhattan and the sky-lit shower in the master bathroom on the fifth floor, the 29-foot entertaining space on the third floor is a central highlight that opens to an outdoor great room with a custom kitchen. A huge skylight over the stairway braings in natural light from top to bottom, and an integrated laundry chute also runs the full height of the building.


The townhouse just opened for sale with a list price of $9,9995,000. "Carroll Gardens is a very neighborhood-centric part of Brooklyn, with an architectural fabric that is very strong, with appealing parks, ample transportation options and retail boulevards nearby on Smith and Courts Streets," said Brendan Aguayo, senior vice president, managing director of Terra Development Marketing. "It is quiet and everyone knows their neighbors -ideal for a new townhouse that has everything."

Wednesday, August 09, 2017