Just adjacent to the historic “secret” enclave of Forest Hills Gardens, Queens–a rare planned community founded in 1909–is the even more well-kept secret of Arbor Close. These garden-filled idylls share the same covenant to maintain their early 20th century “garden city” charm. Like its neighbor, Arbor Close consists of 1927-era Tudor rowhouses and apartment buildings with central gardens. Though it doesn’t happen too often, one of those rare homes, an elegant, unassuming Tudor at 111-27 75th Road, is for sale, asking $1.275 million.
Designed by notable Queens architect Robert Tappan in the 1920’s, Arbor Close homes may be smaller than in neighborhing Forest Hills Gardens, but they’re notably more storybook-like with their neo-Tudor exteriors, Arts and Crafts details, and interior accents. According to Michael Perlman, chair of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council, “Arbor Close and Forest Close are a complete garden movement-inspired package of the roaring twenties, and greatly deserve to be recognized as such.”
On the first floor of this 1,242-square-foot home is a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a formal dining room, and a kitchen. There may be some updating to be done but the space gets plenty of sunshine.
Upstairs are three cozy bedrooms and a full bath.
There’s also a semi-finished basement with a half-bath.
Outdoor space is often the reward for leaving the city’s more congested zones and this home is no exception; a brick patio overlooks a manicured private courtyard. While it is, of course, a private home, this unusual and historic residence is maintained by the neighborhood association which is in turn comprised of property owners, part of a rare collective agreement.
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Images courtesy of Douglas Elliman.