In Jackson Heights, Queens, there are a number of lovely old pre-war apartment buildings that have similar designs: apartments are spread out over several buildings, which surround an interior landscaped courtyard. According to the designation for the Jackson Heights Historic District, “these buildings reflect the evolution of the apartment house type and represent the next step in the history of Jackson Heights development.”
Even though times have changed in Jackson Heights, many of these buildings remain. But in keeping with the trend to modernize and update older developments, at least one has recently gotten a facelift. Washington Plaza, located at 35th Avenue and 74th Street, was constructed in 1941 as a rent-stabilized complex; now, its nearly 200 units are in the process of going co-op, with closings on its first batch of units underway.
The building itself was designed by Sylvan Bien, better known for his design for the Carlyle Hotel. In keeping with the time, the apartments themselves marry the formality of pre-war styles with modern touches, like open kitchens, high-end appliances, and sleek finishes. There are even some original decorative details, such as small niches in the walls that can be used for storage or bric-a-brac.
There are also a number of new amenities, including a gym, a laundry room, and access to that courtyard, which is getting its own upgrade.
As for pricing, the available apartments range from $385,000 for a 700-square-foot one-bedroom, to $1.1 million for an 1,800-square-foot four-bedroom. Those aren’t necessarily cheap, but they’re affordable enough to be attracting plenty of buyers—especially ones who’ve been priced out of other parts of Queens and Brooklyn, according to Yael Goldman, who’s handling sales for the building. After launching sales earlier this year, the building is now 75 percent sold.