Loft-like living in LIC: Super size your lifestyle at the Fusion

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Photos by Steve Kunken
Photos by Steve Kunken

The Fusion at 42-51 Hunter St. in Long Island City

Built in 2007, Fusion is a boutique seven-story condo of 24 two-bedroom residences at 42-51 Hunter St. in Long Island City, where comfort and convenience is the order of the day.  You’re within eyeshot of midtown Manhattan, and only minutes away, as the E, F, M, R, N, Q, 7 and G trains zoom you everywhere!

Your doormen Gladstone and Gustavo greet you during business hours six days a week, and will tend your deliveries, including those from FreshDirect, stowing them in your refrigerated package room.  Your 12’ ceilings in the units are dwarfed only by the 20’ ceiling in the marble-laden lobby.

In the context of the market, I’ll talk to a Warren Lewis Sotheby’s rental case study on which I can speak knowingly, my listing #4C.

A survey of the 2 bedroom / 2 bath LIC rental market reveals the following broad strokes:  Median PPSF = $42; Median SF = 1,154 ft²; and Median Price Point = $4,100.

This makes this 1,293-square-foot rental a bargain at $34 per-square-foot and a price point of $3,600.  The next biggest LIC 2 bedroom rental apartment is only slightly bigger at 1,300 square feet, but far pricier at $4,433 or $40 per-square-foot.  By any pencil, #4C at the Fusion is a value play.

But the devil is in the details, so what about them?  What about the fixtures, the amenities and the other things that make a house a home?

This being a condo unit built for owner occupancy, no expense was spared and there is nothing entry level about it.  With Viking, Kohler and Sub-Zero stainless steel appliances, and a hulking granite kitchen island that can anchor the most sumptuous catered affairs – your dinner parties will be a smash!

The open floor plan kitchen / dining room / living room is cavernous enough to entertain all your friends at once – you may need to make some more to fill up the party.  Not a problem, you’ll be popular with this upgrade in your lifestyle.  But be warned, your Manhattanite friends paying more money for less space may envy you – caveat emptor!

In the summer, you’ll want to entertain upstairs on the 4,500-sqauare-foot roof terrace.  Indoors there is a kitchen; outside is an oversized 53” Viking grill.  Pan all 360 degrees to take in the vistas of Manhattan, the 59th Street Bridge and Queens.  Capital improvements in the pipeline include a rooftop shower for the convenience and refreshment of sunbathers and a fitness room in the basement.

Your bathrooms showcase Appiani Italian tile and the master en-suite has Jack and Jill sinks, double vanities, floor to ceiling recessed cabinetry, and the Kohler DTV ™ Custom Showering Experience.  I don’t have sufficient word count to expound upon this feature, so I’ll just point you to the link and suffice it to say, “We’re talking advanced hydrotherapy technology over here!” In #4C, North and East exposures, walls of floor-to-ceiling sound-proof casement windows, and 12’ ceilings conspire to light the place up from sunrise deep into the day.

Free LG commercial grade laundry machines and a smokers’ terrace is on every floor.

The knock on LIC is the dearth of supermarkets.  That is changing. Food Cellar is opening another 14,000 square-foot location nearby; and Cranberry, the 5,000-square-foot market just next door to the Fusion, is open early til midnight, 7 days.

The condo board is laid back (no onerous approval processes) and the building is self-managed, keeping costs low.  Common charges for condo owners are a $906 per month and the 15 year 421A tax abatement won’t expire until June 30 of 2023.