Set back on a serene, tree-lined street in the heart of Forest Hills Gardens overlooking Shorthill Road, this magnificent Colonial home is classical in its design and immaculately maintained. Fronted by a formidable stone wall the home is surrounded by finely landscaped gardens front and rear.
The residence itself is regal, boasting over 6,000 square feet of interior living space with six Bedrooms and four and a half Baths. The classic Colonial entry is framed by intricately designed leaded glass windows and ushers you into an impressive, formal center hall anchored by an intricately carved wood banister staircase rising to the private quarters of the home. Flanking the entry hall is a spacious and welcoming Living Room with wood burning fireplace and rear patio access, and to the right, a formal Dining Room with space enough for ten or more guests. Both these rooms offer abundant space for entertaining and commanding views of the perimeter gardens and beautiful neighboring homes. Gleaming hardwood floors on the Main Level continue into the home’s spacious custom designed eat-in Kitchen where updates such as high-end white cabinetry, recessed lighting, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Thermador ovens and a cozy Breakfast nook with large bay windows can be found.
Vistas of the property’s nearly 8,000 square feet of grounds can be enjoyed throughout the home’s one-of-a-kind, graciously designed layout and rooms that are centrally air-conditioned with new windows throughout. A large den, well-appointed first floor laundry room and updated Powder Room are conveniently located on the main floor. A rear staircase leads to an exceptional bonus suite which includes a Family Room with a skylight, built-in work area, and wet bar and terrace.
The second floor comprises four large Bedrooms and three Bathrooms, the largest of which is the Master Suite with dressing area, walk-in closets and Master Bathroom. Private quarters continue to the third floor where two Bedrooms and a hall Bathroom can be found. The lower level consists of a main recreation room with fireplace, custom cabinetry, three storage areas and access to the home’s built-in garage.
Elevated from the winding Gardens streets and concealed from the fast pace of New York City, the serenity of the rear garden awaits, with a bluestone patio, surrounding tall trees and manicured lush landscaping.
An easy commute to midtown Manhattan, Forest Hills is just one train stop via the Long Island Rail Road with trains going directly to Penn Station or to the newly announced Grand Central Madison station in less than 15 minutes as well as service via NYC MTA bus and express subway to the city. It is also situated midway between LaGuardia and JFK airports and is convenient to all major highways in the area.
Additional community amenities include fine schools, many unique restaurants and shopping along fashionable Austin Street, Forest Park with miles of running and biking trails, playgrounds and golfing, and the world famous West Side Tennis Club with tennis, pool.