We so often write about homes in Brooklyn and Manhattan that we sometimes neglect the gorgeous real estate that can be found in The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. Recently, Forest Hills has gotten its fair share of our attention, but when we came across this Tudor-meets-Cape beauty in Bellerose Manor, we were reminded us of how much the outer boroughs have to offer.
Situated on the eastern edge of Queens, Bellerose is about 20 miles from Manhattan, which you can get to in under an hour on the LIRR. But even with its proximity to the city, this home has just the right amount of suburbia without feeling like you’re too far away from civilization.
The large and rustic living room features a wood-burning fireplace and beautiful dark wood accents, the most dramatic of which are the exposed beams on the vaulted ceiling. An adorable windowed nook is the perfect place for a small desk or sitting bench.
A large formal dining room with an exposed wood ceiling sits in between the living room and the eat-in kitchen, providing the perfect flow for entertaining.
The kitchen includes a curious faux brick archway, along with a faux stone wall, but combined with its beamed-and painted-wood ceiling, it radiates a certain charm. If charm isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of room to design the kitchen of your dreams. Either way you’re sure to appreciate the enormous deck accessible from the eating area’s glass-paned sliders.
A bedroom on the first floor can also be used as a den, library, or playroom, and the upper floor features two additional bedrooms.
Conveniently located near Alley Pond Park as well as transportation and parkways, this $639K fairytale-like home is a wonderful example of how city living doesn’t necessarily mean giving up some of the pleasures of suburbia.
Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman