This eye-catching, storybook Victorian is getting a big thumbs up from delighted neighbors and visitors.
Nestled against a picture-perfect autumn scene, on a quiet tree-lined street, the recently renovated and oh-so-charming historic residence awaits its new owner. The property is located at 285 Lowell Avenue in the Village of Floral Park in Nassau County, which neighbors Floral Park, Queens. Built around 1894, the home’s original owner was an animal lover and veterinarian named Dr. William Van Nostrand.
“It’s a perfect mix of classic and new,” says broker James McGuire of Andron Realty Group, who points out that all the original architectural details and woodwork on the exterior and interior have been lovingly and meticulously preserved and restored by the current owner and local contractor Gregory Kelly of K & B General Contracting, who has lived in the area for 50 years. “The homeowner really admires old-world craftsmanship and has taken great care and pride in restoring this home to its original glory.”
Boasting both practical and beautiful “bells and whistles” features, this striking 2,269-square-foot, single-family home, which graces an expansive 7,020-square-foot lot, has been completely updated and improved for modern living with top-of-the-line kitchen and bathrooms. Yet it maintains its charming character, as evidenced by the wonderful wood trim and moldings, the original oak hardwood flooring with mahogany border throughout much of the home, pine floors in the second-floor bedrooms, and original pocket doors. A cozy, wood-burning fireplace with an exposed brick accent wall above, serves as the focal point in the den and is perfect for those chilly winter evenings and roasting marshmallows.
Curious residents have been visiting the popular Victorian and marveling at its new look. While exploring the first and second floors via two staircases in between, check out the comfortable living spaces: The first floor has a convenient half bath and the nice-sized living and formal dining rooms eagerly await those merry holiday guests who may soon gather round for drinks, festive meals, and good conversation. The modern eat-in kitchen has special features, including a farm-style sink and a pot filler/water spout at the stove — nice perks for the avid cook — low maintenance (heat- and bacteria-resistant) quartz countertops and island, as well as Frigidaire Gallery appliances.
On the second floor is an impressive master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet, three more bedrooms, and a full bathroom. One flight up, discover a full walk-up attic with bonus room and a cedar closet. And down below is a partially finished basement with a full-size pool table, washer, and dryer. Outside it has a detached two-car garage.
Kelly purchased the property one year ago and is selling it for $998,000. Thanks to his amazing skills and know-how, the house is in mint condition. Modern improvements include updated systems, a new furnace, and a new 50-gallon hot water tank.
The exterior has been completely restored, including all the original finishes, according to McGuire, who points out that the original wood siding was preserved and painted in colonial blue with a complimentary accent color scheme, while the copper exterior gutters/leaders provide another finishing accent.
“This home is not a historic landmark, so there is no restriction on future renovations/color changes, if the new owner wishes to customize the house,” McGuire explains.
Folks who visit may wish to take a few minutes to enjoy the inviting front porch which has a romantic swing and bench seat, then take a walk around the nabe and see why Floral Park is considered such a safe and desirable area.
“Floral Park’s motto is, ‘a great place to live,’” says McGuire. Some of the reasons: the recreation center with newly renovated, residents-only pool, as well as a children’s park area with athletic fields and courts.
“There’s a small-town community feel, and so many restaurants and shops — all within walking distance,” he adds. “And historic Belmont Park is only a mile away.”
More plusses: The home isn’t far from the Long Island Rail Road station, making for an easy commute, with only a 35-minute ride to Manhattan. And the village has a private police department and its own fire and sanitation departments. In addition, its elementary and high schools are highly rated.
“Generations of people have come back to look at the home — former residents and neighbors who grew up in the area,” says McGuire. “Some even recall Girl Scout meetings there. This home is now ready for the family that will write the next chapter of history in the Village of Floral Park.”
Contact James A. McGuire, CBR, Associate Real Estate Broker at 516-662 4657/JamesM@AndronRealtyGroup.com