Condo pick of the week

A Long Island City condo with a massive backyard

The L Haus building comes with an impressive 10,000 square feet of outdoor green space. 

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Though once-industrial Long Island City is now better-known for its proliferation of new luxury condos, this two-bedroom is in an older building: the L Haus. Built in 1966, it's so named for its distinctive shape. It's also gigantic, occupying an entire city block, and comes with a "yard" that's really an impressive 10,000 square feet of green space where residents can lounge, sunbathe, and grill. Listed at Halstead for $1.375 million, the price of this corner unit is about average for the neighborhood. 

You'll enter through a foyer with a large coat closet to find an open chef's kitchen, illuminated with natural light throughout the day, thanks to large windows with double exposures (and the condo's fifth floor spot.) The kitchen includes glossy white countertops and high-quality, new appliances. And the living and dining area is spacious, though a bit oddly shaped, with one wall forming a slight angle (see the floorplan below). That said, the windows on the slanted side offer views of the the property's yard.

The master bedroom's wooden floors look new, and its bath, across a small hallway with two big closets, is outfitted with porcelain limestone tiling, white lacquered wood, and plenty of storage. 

A second bedroom and bathroom, kitty-corner from the master, allow for privacy, and would be ideal for a child or for use as a guest room. The bath seems to have minimal storage options, but the bedroom includes another sizable closet, and just outside, you'll find a nook with a Bosch washer and dryer. 

Other L Haus amenities include fitness, yoga, media, and community rooms, as well as more outdoor space in the form of a rooftop deck with views of Manhattan. There's also 24-hour doorman service, and the nearest subway station, at Vernon-Jackson Boulevard, is one stop from Grand Central. Prospective buyers should also note the building has a 15-year 421A tax abatement, which will be in place until 2025.


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