This brick Colonial caught our eye, not just because of its stately presence but also for its asking price. The home is located at 105-05 Ditmars Boulevard, in East Elmhurst way out by LaGuardia Airport. While we do love the exterior, there are no photos of the interior, or even details on what kind of shape the property is in. All we know is that it’s an 8,800-square-foot lot and the price tag is $1,699,999. That seems crazy, crazy high to us, even if the interior is in good shape. The zoning doesn’t allow for dense development here, so it’s not an investment property either. Who knows what the brokers were thinking.
Tomorrow, the Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead will open up for public tours. Dutch settler Abraham Riker built the home in 1665, at 78-03 19th Road in East Elmhurst. The current owners began restoring the property in 1980, and started offering the occasional tour of what is the oldest private residence in the borough. (The title of the oldest home in Queens actually belongs to the Bowne House in Flushing.)
DNAinfo reports that the tour will offer a rare glimpse of the Riker burial ground in the backyard — it houses the remains of 132 family descendants of the property. Guests will also see restorations inside the home and the surrounding gardens. (Check out photos of the property at the official website.) The tour begins at 3 pm, and RSVPs to email@example.com are encouraged. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at the door.
Photo via the Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead
This one-bedroom condo comes from the Garden Bay Manor building, located out by LaGuardia in East Elmhurst. (The listing tries to place this unit in Jackson Heights.) It’s priced at $279,000, with common charges of $421 a month. The 640-square-foot space is fairly straightforward, with hardwood floors and plenty of windows throughout. We’d imagine someone will want to reconfigure that eat-in kitchen, though, or update the kitchen itself. The apartment also comes with an extra room in the basement for storage and laundry, accounting for the higher ask. So, what do you make of this one?
Queens has caught the participatory budgeting bug. DNAinfo reports that the latest district to welcome the community budgeting forum is District 21 under City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras — Corona, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and LeFrak City. This fall, residents of those neighborhoods will get the chance to propose how to spend $1,000,000 within the district. Residents commonly fund school improvements, street safety measures, park renovations and more.
There are three neighborhood assemblies scheduled to kick the process off. The first is happening on September 25th, 6:30 pm at Elmcor, 98-19 Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst. On October 1st, there’s another 6:30 pm meeting at Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, 38-05 98th Street in Corona. Finally, a 6:30 pm meeting on October 2nd at Sherwood Village Community Room, 55-25 98th Place, Corona. All of the meetings will have Spanish translators present.
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