One of Douglaston’s most historic homes is now up for sale for $3.25M
Located at 126 West Dr., the Van Wyck House was deemed a landmark site in April 1966. The four-bedroom, four-bath Dutch Colonial overlooks Little Neck Bay, the listing by Daniel Gale Sotheby’s says. According to Curbed, it is one of the largest waterfront properties in Queens and is on the market again for the first time in nearly 40 years.
According to the landmark designation report, Cornelius Van Wyck, grandson of an immigrant from Holland, constructed the home in 1735. The original dining room, master bedroom and living hall, which have “superb oak beams,” remain today, the report says.
Van Wyck’s son, Stephen, who became a delegate to the Continental Congress, inherited the property and added on to the home between 1735 and 1770. The Van Wyck family later sold the property in 1819. The present kitchen wing dates from 1930.
“The [Landmarks Preservation] Commission further finds that, among its important qualities … situated in an attractive setting, it is one of the very few Dutch Colonial houses remaining in New York City,” the 1966 report reads.
The Landmarks report also makes note of the home’s hand-hewn shingles, salt-box type roof and a fully paneled fireplace wall with a classic box cornice. The home contains six fireplaces.