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Abandoned Japanese-Style House Seeks Savior For $1.2M

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The only Anglo-Japanese building in Queens, a single family house in Kew Gardens, is on the market for $1.2 million—a sum that would seem normal if the 3,600-square-foot abode was in decent shape, but, um, it is not. In fact, it's in really terrible shape, having been pretty much abandoned by the owners a decade ago. DNAinfo spotted a Craigslist listing for the house, which claims it's "HUGE AND BEAUTIFUL !!!!!" with "Tons of options !!!!!" [sic]. It's obvious that the three-story building was actually beautiful at one point, but, in addition to the general state of crumbling-ness, the lower level windows have been filled in with concrete thanks to a 2010 court order that deemed the building unsafe.

Located at 84-62 Beverly Road, the house was built in the 1920s by Joseph Fleischmann, a millionaire florist, for his daughter. Originally, the 7,000-square-foot lot held three buildings and was surrounded by gate, but according to the Queens Chronicle, one structure was torn down in 1939 and the other was razed in the 1960s.

Signs on the front door warn people to stay away, claiming that the house is being watched 24/7 and trespassers will be prosecuted. There's a phone number on the sign, but it's out of service. Public records indicate that Mun Chang has owned the property since 1973, but the Chronicle reports that he has never appeared in court or tried to fight any safety violations that the Department of Buildings issued.

In September, Brownstoner Queens spotted a different listing that was offering the house for $1,387,777, so perhaps the seller is started to realize a more reasonable asking price is necessary for this decrepit place to sell. Hopefully a real estate savior will come along and turn the historic house into something like this.

· Decrepit Historic Kew Gardens House Listed on Craigslist for $1.2M [DNA]
· Listing: 84-62 Beverly Road [Craigslist]
· Kew Gardens home continues to decay [Queens Chron]
· Listing of the Day: 84-62 Beverly Road [Q'Stoner]
· Kew Gardens, Queens [Forgotten NY]
· East Meets West in Century-Old House South of Prospect Park [Curbed]