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Jackson Heights Apartment With Rooftop Studio In Contract For $650,000

By Katie Honan | August 2, 2013 4:27pm
 The building in the historic Chateau complex is in contract for $650,000.
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JACKSON HEIGHTS — Eat your heart out potential homebuyers.

A massive three-bedroom unit in the historic Chateau complex — complete with a rooftop studio — is now in contract after being listed for a mere $650,000.

The beautiful, light-filled apartment on the top floor of the complex, at 34th Avenue and 80th Street, also has a one-of-a-kind amenity — an extra room built into one of the building’s slate-roofed peaks that can be used as an office, playroom or relaxing nook high above the hectic city streets.

Agent Jon Fisher, from Douglas Elliman, said the phone immediately started ringing as soon as he listed the apartment.

“It was like almost instantaneous recognition,” he said.

The 12-by-12 room is the only space of it’s kind in the building and Fisher says it may also be the only space like it in all of Jackson Heights.

The room is accessed through the roof, right next to the apartment’s front door.

The previous owners of the apartment, which is under contract, used it as a library, but Fisher said it’s also ideal for a artist or writer’s studio.

According to the broker, apartments of this size in this neighborhood range in price from $500,000 to $700,000.

But according to the listing, "the price would be triple in Manhattan or Brooklyn if you could find it."

The apartment has two bathrooms, a dining room, a woodburning fireplace and walk-in closet, in addition to access to the building's garden.

The demand for three-bedroom apartments is high, Fisher said, and visitors have been “blown away” by the extra space.

“Not only is it great, it's in this icon,” he said. “You own the icon. It's quite astounding.”

The Chateau is a 12-building complex that was built in the Neo-French Renaissance style by Andrew J. Thomas in 1922, according to the Garden City Trail Guide, written by historian Jeffrey Saunders from The Jackson Heights Garden City Society, Inc.

Saunders said the complex, along with The Towers nearby, represent “the zenith of full-block architectural imagery” in the neighborhood.

“A thick slate mansard serves as a weighty crown,” he wrote. “Awnings on some windows hint at a graceful lifestyle within.”

There are spacious courtyard gardens as well, and it's a brief walk to the subway.