18th-century Dutch Colonial home, one of the city’s last, is for sale for the first time in 40 years

18th-century Dutch Colonial home, one of the city’s last, is for sale for the first time in 40 years

March 31, 2017

The Cornelius Van Wyck House in Douglaston, Queens, built in 1735 and both a New York City landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, is now for sale asking $3.25 million (h/t Curbed). The home has been called New York City’s “most impressive architectural remnant of the early Dutch Culture.” In addition to its historic and architectural significance, it’s located on Little Neck Bay and is one of the largest true waterfront properties in Queens. The home at 126 West Drive has been well-tended over the years, with many “interesting details of the Dutch period” still intact according to the property’s 1966 landmark designation report.

The house was originally constructed in 1735 by Cornelius Van Wyck, and was later owned by his son, Stephen, a delegate in the Continental Congress. Stephen sold the home in 1819 to Winant Van Zandt, who would accumulate 120 more acres, though that acreage is no longer a part of the property. Notable architectural features of the house include a salt-box roof, oak beams, and wooden shingles.

Throughout the four-bedroom home you’ll find Georgian mantlepieces, longleaf pine floors, a fully-paneled fireplace wall with a box cornice (the home has six fireplaces in all) among the historic details.

The landmark designation report mentions that the kitchen wing was added in the 1930s but has been updated since then as is evident in photos; baths also look historic but updated.

The four bedrooms are of the cozy sort that distinguishes Colonial homes.

As mentioned, the house is on waterfront property on Little Neck Bay. The surrounding grounds lead down through a garden to a sandy beach along the bay.

[Via Curbed]

[Listing: 126 West Drive by Nina Kowalsky and Carol Bellomo for Daniel Gale Sotheby’s]


Images courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s.

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