Located within the greater Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills, Forest Hills Gardens is one of America’s oldest planned communities. The ivy-covered three-story single-family home at 17 Bow Street, built in 1905, has been lovingly maintained by its owners over the last 35 years. From the outside it’s a picture of storybook charm and Tudor architecture, garage included. Inside is original woodwork as well as six bedrooms. The home’s historic cachet and unique early modernity made it a logical choice for filming “Mildred Pierce,” a period HBO series about 1930’s Beverly Hills. It’s asking $2.795 million.
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Dating back to its early 20th-century roots as NYC’s first garden city, Forest Hills Gardens is a treasure trove of historic Tudor homes. This especially enchanting beauty at 45 Markwood Place, just steps from Forest Park, has just hit the market for $1,875,000. Not only does it have all the characteristics of this fairytale-esque style–like exposed ceiling beams, terra cotta tiles, wrought-iron railings, and stained-glass windows–but it boasts a large, lovely backyard patio, two balconies, a one-car garage, and a spacious layout with four bedrooms.
This freestanding Tudor home at 310 Burns Street was original to the master plan designed by Grosvenor Atterbury of the model housing community Forest Hills Gardens. The 175-acre enclave just south of the Forest Hills LIRR station and within the greater Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills was developed in the early 1900s as a private garden community with shared green space alongside urban convenience. Today the community consists of 11 apartment buildings and 800 free-standing–this being one of them. Situated right in the heart of “The Gardens,” the historic home is up for grabs asking $1.418 million.
Forest Hills Gardens, a planned community in Queens that’s known for its winding streets and Tudor architecture, is home to some of the most impressive freestanding homes in all of New York. Here’s one at 63 Wendover Road — it occupies a corner lot so it boasts plenty of lawn outside, as well as a long private driveway that leads to a two-car garage. From the interior, you have not one but two sun rooms to enjoy the view out onto the sprawling backyard. Suburban life in Queens doesn’t sound so bad.
This unique sheltered enclave might be the perfect spot for residents who can handle the rules; just don’t call it FoHiGa.
Occupying a 175-acre wedge just south of the Forest Hills LIRR station and within the greater Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills, Forest Hills Gardens is one of America’s oldest planned communities. Modeled after England’s “garden cities,” originally intended to create an ideal environment that incorporated shared green space with urban convenience for the working classes, the Gardens (as it’s known) is home to about 4,500 residents. The private community is managed by the Forest Hills Gardens Corporation, an organization made up of property owners.
This unique community consisting of over 800 free-standing and attached houses and 11 apartment buildings as well as churches, parks and storefronts, dates from 1909, when architect Grosvenor Atterbury and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.–-son of Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect who helped design Central Park–-were commissioned to plan a new town. Though the community lies within the boundaries of one of the world’s most modern and populous cities, it has retained much of its co-operative, idyllic nature.