Sotheby's International Realty - Queens, NY
EXCLUSIVE LISTING OF TERRACE SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY. Located in one of the loveliest and quietest locations in Forest Hills Gardens this stately residence, surrounded by mature lush landscaping, is set on over a quarter acre. Its expansive 128 foot wide front garden and welcoming slate walkways, its gracious European character and historic Tudor architectural details make this one of the most distinctive properties within Forest Hills Gardens. The home was originally designed in tapestry brick by renowned architect, Grosvenor Atterbury who, with landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr,. laid out the foundations of the community and designed its earliest homes after a vision of the Garden Communities of Europe. Its masterful construction and functional floor plan was greatly enhanced with the addition of a perfectly matched extension that included an enormous Great Room designed to accommodate large gatherings of guests of its then time owner, Senator Seymour Thaler. Thaler chose Forest Hills Gardens as home for himself and his family and entertained noted dignitaries and political associates while he served in the New York State senate from 1958 to 1969.
An elongated entry with stained glass windows welcomes you into this beautifully maintained home and leads to an impressive Great Room with soaring double height ceilings featuring authentic reclaimed beam details. Anchored by a wood burning fireplace, the room includes a library with built in cabinetry, a spacious living area and French doors with leaded glass opening to a flagstone patio and an expansive private garden, an ideal space for indoor/outdoor entertaining.
A formal Dining Room comfortably seats 10+ guests with beautiful garden views. Adjoining is a large Family Room that opens to a spacious kitchen with sliding doors to a brick patio and an adjacent sun filled casual dining space which overlooks the beautiful gardens and brick detail of the home. Additionally, the home boasts six bedrooms, six full baths and one half bath. Three of the bedrooms feature en suite baths.
A finished lower level, originally designed to accommodate a professional office now encompasses a separate laundry room, utility room and three large bonus rooms. In addition to generous storage on four levels, there is a 2-car detached garage with work bench and additional storage. The large driveway can accommodate five vehicles.
Its beautiful original hardwood floors, leaded glass windows, wide doorways and French doors opening into the garden make this an idyllic setting. Perfectly located near to schools, shopping, highways and public transportation as well as to the West Side Tennis Club and Forest Park with its acres of forested land, biking trails and golf course, it is a true oasis right in the heart of New York City!
Property Size: 11,520 sq. ft. approx. Interior Sq. Footage: 6,455 sq. ft. approx. Taxes: $28,995/yr. approx. FHG Maint: $ $3,423/yr. approx.