The words Tudor and New York City are not often paired together — but that style home does exist within its limits — in a place called Forest Hills Gardens.
The Queens enclave was founded in 1909 as the first planned garden community in the United States, according to Forest Hills Gardens Corporation, which manages the community’s maintenance and upkeep.
As a 2010 New York Times profile of the neighborhood put it: “The sloping, curving streets of the Gardens, an area about 14 blocks long and 8 wide at its widest point, offer a notable contrast to the often confusing avenue-street-and-road grid of Queens. Nor do the differences end there: The neighborhood shuns the borough’s numbered street system as well, preferring pastoral names like Beechknoll Road and Wendover Road, and it has its own road signs, painted a color called Harwichport blue.”
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This quaint feel, along with the typical Tudor architecture make for some of the most expensive real estate in the borough.
The Tudor at 70 Greenway South, currently on the market for $4,250,000, was awarded first prize for excellence in design and civic value in 1929.
Described as “architecturally distinctive,” in its listing by Halstead Property, the home has six bedrooms and five bathrooms.
Additional features include:
- Two garages
- Step-down living room with windows on three sides and a wood-burning fireplace
- Formal dining room, which opens into the butler's pantry adjoining the kitchen
- Master bedroom with beamed ceiling, a wood burning fireplace and en suite bath
- Massive basement that has a fireplace as well
The home may have won a design award almost a century ago, but it’s still worth taking a look inside, especially among the cookie-cutter condos that are easy to find in this city.