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Queens House That Cannot Be Renovated Is a Tough Sell

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Nicholas and Marjorie Ferrigno of Flushing-Broadway, Queens loved their three-bedroom bungalow, so much in fact that after they both passed away they donated it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to ensure that it would be maintained in perpetuity as if it were landmarked. The house is now on the market for $849,000 and, unsurprisingly, is having trouble finding a buyer who is okay with the fact that there is no full second-floor bathroom and no option to add one, among other restrictions. The Trust controls around 120 properties across 24 states, but this is their first in New York City, and they seem up for the challenge of selling it. "We were actually drawn to the Ferrigno House precisely because it was so typical of homes built in the streetcar suburbs of the 1920s," the director of the easement program told the Times. "It may not look special, but that's what makes it special."

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Here's a photo from Google Street View:

And the listing photo, which is rather crooked:

Maybe, despite the obstacles, sprucing up the listing would be one step towards a sale?
· A Protected Queens Bungalow Can Change Owners, but Little Else [NYT]
· Listing: 33-37 163rd Street [Amorelli Realty]