Luxury Building Next to 7 Train Brings Quiet to Renters, for a Price

By Katie Honan on November 7, 2013 8:00am 

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 The new building on Roosevelt Avenue overlooks the 7 train, but has taken steps to block out some of the noise.
The Roosevelt Luxury Apartments
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JACKSON HEIGHTS — It's the sound of silence, for a hefty fee.

A new apartment building steps from the busy — and loud — 7 train is billing itself as a luxurious sanctuary, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, solar panels on the roof and, most importantly, triple-pane windows to shield renters from the sound of the subway. 

The Roosevelt, on bustling Roosevelt Avenue between 73rd and 74th streets, opened last month as a rental building and the leasing agent says it's the first luxury building of its kind in Jackson Heights, with apartments starting at $2,400.

The building features 31 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, which each have two bathrooms and granite countertops in the kitchen. There's a laundry room, a live-in super and two floors of available parking below.

The common spaces in the building, including the laundry room and lobby, are powered by solar panels on the roof.

And each apartment features outdoor space, with most offering spectacular views of Queens and the city's skyline — as well as the 7 train platform below.

Some of the units look directly down onto the elevated platform and are so close, you could have a conversation with a straphanger waiting for the train without having to yell.

While that might not be an ideal feature, real estate agent Mike Schulte, who's renting the units, said most people who've come to check out the apartments aren't fazed.

The building is just a block away from the 74th Street subway station, where riders can catch the 7, E, F, M and R trains, as well as a number of buses.

The busy locations hasn't turned away renters, Schulte said — and neither has the price. 

One-bedrooms inside the building range from $2,400 to $2,500, and three-bedrooms start at $3,600.

Two-bedroom units start at $2,555 and go as high as $4,100 for a penthouse unit with a large outdoor deck. 

"We've gotten a mix of Queens people, and transplants from the city," Schulte said. "The demand that's started in Brooklyn and the city has definitely crossed the river this way."

He said the building should be about half full by December, when leases begin, but declined to give an exact number of rented units.

The building also features a 6,930-square-foot ground-floor retail space that is currently looking for renters. 

The leasing office for The Roosevelt is open seven days a week, Monday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The entrance to the building is at 40-07 73rd St.

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