Our weekly feature, Monday Mansion, examines the most interesting mega homes on the market in the far reaches of New York. Have a listing in mind that we're missing? Tell us about it. To the outer boroughs we go!
A four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom white clapboard house with a sun room, handsome brick chimney, and a "4+"-car garage that hit the market late last month feels decidedly suburban, even rural. Yet Queens' Douglaston Hill, which Landmarks designated a historic district in 2004, is full of these single-family manses. The specimen at 240-02 43rd Avenue (which is also called Poplar Street) has a particularly interesting origin story, in that it entered the world as a 1850s Quaker meeting place which was then physically relocated from Northern Boulevard to its present location in 1927. Since then, some five additions have been added, bringing the total square footage up to 2,520. The brokerbabble emphasizes that it's all "visually unified by a large screened porch with a dramatically-sloping, concave roof" because of "the approximate reproduction of the original, carved facade ornament of the c 1950 wing on the building's later additions." Parts of the interior could use an upgradebright blue wall-to-wall carpeting and outdated bathrooms, to name a fewbut details like exposed wooden beams in the living room and its picturesque exterior make this house worth a second look.