This large light-filled 2-story house has 3 bedrooms on the 2nd floor, 2 full bathrooms, a large deck, an unbelievable view of Jamaica Bay and proximity to all of the Rockaway hot spots.
It is situated on a quiet dead end street that abuts a canal in Broad Channel, the only habitated island in Jamaica Bay. This house and many of the houses on the island are situated on a series of canals, which you wouldn't notice cruising down Cross Bay Blvd. from Howard Beach to the better known corners of the Rockaways. You will see outstanding sunsets, birds of all kinds and aquatic life right from the deck.
The island has a very basic market, a liquor store, a bodega, a 99-cent store, a pizza place, 2 bars and an adorable hexagon-shaped branch of the Queens Public Library. It is accessible by A-Train, the Broad Channel train station is a 10-15 minute walk from the house. Parking is typically available right in front of the house, otherwise nearby. JFK is just 3. 4 miles away.
It is a short car, bus, subway or bike ride to Howard Beach and the Rockaways hot spots. including its boardwalk drinking, dining. and dancing, grocery stores, boutique shopping, outdoor dining on the bay, yoga, fishing, boat and jet ski rentals, whale watching, and an otherwise budding arts music and recreation scene.
Kayak directly from the property for unforgettable views of the Manhattan skyline and wild life fostered by the national park that makes up most of the island. Walk up the street to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and hike its gorgeous trails yourself or take a tour with renowned local guide Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society.
For small additional fees, the house comes with 2 tandem kayaks, 2 bikes, a surfboard and wet suit, a set of golf clubs, tennis rackets, free weights, and a basketball. There are free tennis courts and a basketball court on the island a short walk away.
The master bedroom is filled with light from 4 windows and 2 skylights. It still feels vast even with its comfortable King size bed, full-length mirror, dressing table and chairs, 2 side tables w reading lamps and a faux-wood stove electric heater (with 3-d projection!). One large closet.
The 2nd bedroom is also luminous, with views of the canal and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. It has 2 large closets, a barely-used queen size bed, 1 side table and reading lamp, a large drawing table and additional seating.
The 3rd bedroom is tiny with plenty of light, a full size bed, 2 chairs, a side table and reading lamp. Kids love it, some adults too.
Pillows, linens, and blankets included for all. .
The upstairs bathroom has 2 sinks, a bathtub and shower with powerful water flow. It comes stocked with plenty of towels. The downstairs bathroom has 1 sinks, a bathtub and shower.
The well-stocked stocked kitchen is large with plenty of cabinet space to build your larder. The microwave is new and powerful. The refrigerator has an ice-maker and filtered water. There is a dishwasher, and plenty of pots, pans, knives, all of it.
The kitchen adjoins a large dining room, with a dining room table that seats 8.
There is a large entry hall with a coat rack, and several places to stow shoes and bags out of the way.
The big flexible living room has 2 deep comfortable couches, a large wheeled coffee table, a writing table and additional seating. It faces the large deck, which you access here through sliding doors. There is also a 27" flat screen video monitor on a wheeled table to which you can connect your devices and stream away.
The wifi is fast (Verizon Fios). For an additional ink fee, you can use the bluetooth inkjet printer, which sits on the table beneath the TV.
The house comes with a Bluetooth receiver connected to powerful speakers in the living room. Enjoy the record player and record collection and as well the small collection of art books.
The deck has 2 Adirondack style chairs, 2 reclining deck chairs, a table with umbrella and a charcoal Weber grill (propane-lighting), with grilling table and tools attached.
There are 2 tandem kayaks built for 2 people. I have paddles and life vests.
Broad Channel is family-oriented and laid back.