Four Prewar Apartments in Queens With Working Fireplaces, Starting at $518K


    Dreaming of cooler days ahead and curling up in front of an atmospheric fire? We’ve rounded up four apartments, all in Queens, that offer a bit of period charm along with working fireplaces.

    All four of our finds are co-ops in prewar apartment buildings, with styles ranging from Tudor to Neo-Romanesque. Three are in 1920s buildings in Jackson Heights, and within the historic district, typified by complexes designed around gracious gardens. The fourth is in a 1930s building in Douglaston, an area perhaps best know for its single family homes.

    Prices start at $518,000 for a two-bedroom in Douglaston and top out at $1.4 million for a four-bedroom in Jackson Heights.

    First up is a two-bedroom in a four-story 1930s Tudor-style co-op in Douglaston. The building is just outside the Douglaston Historic District, which includes the early to mid-20th century houses of the Douglas Manor Development. The tree-lined streets of the neighborhood are perfect for an architectural stroll. This third-floor unit has charm of its own with a spacious living room with hardwood floors, a bay window and a rustic brick fireplace with a tile hearth. There’s a dining room and half bath off the galley kitchen and a full bath between the two bedrooms. The building is about a five-minute walk to the Douglaston Station on the LIRR.

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    38-30 Douglaston Parkway #3A
    Price: $518,000
    Monthly maintenance: $1,082
    Area: Douglaston
    Broker: Douglas Elliman (Laura Copersino)
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    In Jackson Heights is an apartment in one of the neighborhood’s grand garden apartment projects, Laburnum Court. Completed in 1922, the neo-Georgian complex by architect George H. Wells includes eight five-story buildings along a common garden. This two-bedroom unit has a mix of original details and some modern updates. In the living room there are parquet floors with inlay and the fireplace with its original mantel and marble surround. The dining room has been opened up to the living room and adjacent is the kitchen, with a lowered wall pierced with openings to let in light. The building is less than a 10 minute walk to multiple subway options at the Roosevelt Avenue express stop and close to neighborhood stalwarts like Jackson Diner and Patel Brothers.

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    37-28 80th Street #31
    Price: $729,000
    Monthly maintenance: $853
    Area: Jackson Heights
    Broker: Remax Team (Vincent O Connell)
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    Also in Jackson Heights but French rather than English is an apartment in The Chateau, a neo-French Renaissance building completed in 1922. The complex includes 12 five- and six-story U-shaped buildings with a common landscaped garden. With its mix of historical character from the 1920s to the 1970s, you can leap decades inside the three-bedroom, two-bath unit. In the living room there’s the garland ornamented original working fireplace and underfoot some orange wall-to-wall carpeting. Most of the floors in the apartment are carpeted so it’s tough to tell the condition of the original wood floors underneath. There’s a separate dining room and a groovy kitchen with a ceramic tile floor and wood cabinets. One of the three bedrooms is kitted out as a paneled den. In the heart of the historic district, the building is three blocks from the 7 train at the 82nd Street stop. Nearby is Travers Park, which should be unveiled this fall after a major redesign.

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    34-21 80th Street #32
    Price: $850,000
    Monthly maintenance: $1,162
    Area: Jackson Heights
    Broker: Douglas Elliman (Jon Fisher)
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    Last up is an apartment in one of Jackson Heights’ fanciest buildings, The Towers. Designed by Andrew J. Thomas and completed in 1925, the neo-Romanesque complex includes eight six-story U-shaped buildings, which share a landscaped garden. There are arched loggias, towers and red-tiled roofs. There are just two apartments per floor and this one has four bedrooms and three baths — although one of the rooms marked as a bedroom on the floor plan is sans closet and has a pocket door and a location next to the dining room that might make it a better office. The living room has hardwood floors and the all-important working fireplace, this one marble. The kitchen has some statement-making fruit- and flower-themed tile. The apartment also boasts views of the Manhattan skyline. The Towers is the furthest from the subway — about a 10-minute walk to the 7 train at the 82nd Street station.

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    33-51 80th Street #51
    Price: $1.4 million
    Monthly maintenance: $1,408
    Area: Jackson Heights
    Broker: Douglas Elliman (Jon Fisher)
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