Historic Homes

Architecture, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Queens, Quirky Homes

84-62 beverly road queens, anglo japanese house

Image via Queens Chronicle

While the rest of New York is vying to live in one of the lofty penthouses of Manhattan’s most luxurious buildings, your chance to outdo them all has arrived with this incredible Anglo-Japanese-style home located in Kew Gardens. DNA Info recently spotted a brand new listing for the storied structure on Craigslist. While we’d be lying if we were to say that this home is move-in ready (really, it would easily top our list of NYC’s scariest homes) with a little love, a lot of elbow grease, and $1.2 million, you could easily polish this Queens pad into a palace fit for an empress. And hey, it’s Craigslist, these prices have bargaining built into them.

More on the home here

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Features, Historic Homes, History, Queens, Urban Design

Forest Hills Gardens via Joe Shlabotnik via photopin cc

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.

Find out more about this unique community

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upper East Side

Beautiful Upper East Side Fairytale Mansion Now $2M Less

By Rebecca Paul, Tue, November 11, 2014

5 East 53rd Street - fairy tale townhouse, medieval townhouse upper east side, Lynn Jawitz

The fairy tale of New York City is constantly unfolding, and this one-of-a-kind Upper East Side townhouse will surely set the scene for a romantic urban happily ever after. This home, originally built in 1893 by A. B. Ogden and Son, is located at 5 East 93rd Street, a stone’s throw away from 5th Avenue and Central Park. Within the last few years the entire property was completely restored, and the elaborate detailing that went into the design of this home is immaculate. The listing price for this property is $17.95 million—and yep, if you’ve been following, it’s dropped almost $2 million from its February listing price.

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Celebrities, Harlem, Historic Homes, Interiors

alysia reiner, orange is the new black actress, harlem, historic townhouse, historic home, upper manhattan, historic renovations, townhouse renovations

This Harlem townhouse on 128th Street may look like a sunny respite now, but back in 2007 when actress Alysia Reiner and her husband David Alan Basche bought it, the building was nothing but an abandoned space with some dusty (but beautiful) brick walls. Armed with MontesBuild Green Street Construction and their vision to turn it into a green home, they maintained the historic home’s original structure, and upgraded to bamboo and natural slate flooring, reclaimed wood, and contemporary furnishings. Click through Inhabitat‘s gallery to see how it came out.

SEE THE FINISHED PRODUCT HERE…

Image by Jill Fehrenbacher and Laura Mordas-Schenkein

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

The Dakota, 1 West 72nd Street

Since Lauren Bacall passed away this summer, many have been watching the iconic actress’s longtime Dakota home in hopes of catching a glimpse of the interior—and a chance at owning Hollywood history. Now word has it that the residence will hit the market any minute now with Warburg Realty brokering what is expected to be a $26 million listing. Whoever snatches up this home will certainly be paying big bucks for the celeb cachet. Bacall reportedly paid $28,000 for the home back in 1961—chump change by today’s standards, and even then–when the actress had creatives like Boris Karloff, Judy Holliday and Roberta Flack as neighbors. The apartment has been appraised today at $9 million and is reportedly in need of quite a bit of work.

[Via NYP]

adaptive reuse, Historic Homes, Tribeca

Tribeca Loft, Location: New York NY, Architect: Andrew Franz Architect

Architect Andrew Franz is known for his nature-inspired designs, and he has successfully infused his signature aesthetic into the tranquil interior of this Tribeca home. Franz transformed a 19th century Manhattan soap factory into what is now a gorgeous example of adaptive reuse. The designer’s goal for this project was to create the feeling of being outdoors when inside the walls of the Romanesque Revival building, while also maintaining as much of the original structure as possible. By combining modern clean lines and open spaces with rustic wooden columns and raw brick walls, Franz creates a visual narrative celebrating the preservation of something old in the creation of something new and beautiful.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons, Historic Homes, Interiors

William Sofield, 143 Herrick Road, The Castle, Southampton Village

Yes, this Southampton Village home is palatial, but “castle” is not being used here as just an adjective; the historic home is actually titled “the Castle.” And it’s a fair moniker, as the red-brick residence is covered in romantic ivy, features a dreamy turret and sits on 43 acres. Famed Manhattan interior designer William Sofield of Studio Sofield purchased the estate in 1999 for $830,000 and spent over a decade restoring its original Arts and Crafts style. He has now listed the house, which was built in 1911 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, for $4.3 million.

Tour the Castle

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Brooklyn, Features, Historic Homes, History, Manhattan

211 Central Park West #3J

You can live here!

Every day at 6sqft we pretty much find ourselves in awe saying “We can’t believe people live like this!” But every so often we come across a home that has us muttering “People live like this??” In celebration of All Hallow’s Eve, we’ve rounded up six spooky and scary Manhattan and Brooklyn residences. One is filled to the brim with dead animals, another hides a secret underground portal, and another harbors an incredible tale of murder and deceit. Jump ahead to see all six them all—and if you’d ever dare live in one of these petrifying pads, you’re in luck because several of these homes are for sale. Lucky you?

For these homes, it’s Halloween year-round

Events, Historic Homes, History, Queens

Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead, East Elmhurst Queens, NYC historic houses

In a world where you can virtually tour real estate listings, it’s nice to know that the good, old-fashioned house tour hasn’t gone out of style. And this Saturday, one of the oldest homes in Queens is opening its doors for a tour of its refurbished interior, exceptional gardens, and historic cemetery.

The Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead in East Elmhurst was built circa 1656 by Abraham Riker, an early settler of New Amsterdam. Its current owner Marion Duckworth Smith still lives in the home, which makes the property the oldest private residence in the borough. She and her late husband Michael Smith began restoring the home in 1980, and since then Smith has offered the occasional tour, giving guests a glimpse into the Riker burial ground, which holds the remains of 132 descendants, the interior living areas, and the picturesque gardens, which include a gazebo and workshop designed to look like a gingerbread house.

More on the house’s history and the upcoming tour

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Upper East Side

160 East 72nd Street, Jay Gould’s grandson, Kingdon Gould’s squash-tennis court

The penthouse of one of Manhattan’s most prestigious and unique landmark apartment houses has just hit the market, asking $7.25 million. The one-of-a-kind pad was formerly the squash-tennis court of Kingdon Gould, grandson of the infamous multimillionaire financier Jay Gould, who notably fell from grace for manipulating gold and railroad stocks. Kingdon’s custom-built quarters consisted of a triplex penthouse with a fourth-level painting studio for his mother, and 20 rooms, including a double-height music room.

Take a look inside, here

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