2017-05-03 / Front Page

Cornelius Van Wyck House, One Of The Oldest Homes In Queens, Is For Sale

By Jason D. Antos

Photo Jason D. AntosPhoto Jason D. AntosOne of the oldest homes in Queens can be yours for just $3.25 million.

The Cornelius Van Wyck House, an 18th-century Dutch Colonial home located Douglaston over looking Little Neck Bay is for sale.

Located at 126 West Dr. the homstead is back on the market for the first time in nearly 40 years.

The home dates back to more than four decades before the American Revolution. Cornelius Van Wyck's father, Johannes Van Wyck, purchased 125 acres of land from Richard and Sarah Cornell. 

The house was originally constructed in 1735 by Cornelius Van Wyck. Along with his wife Mary Hicks, they added to their original farm and lived in the house until his death. The house passed to his son Stephen Van Wyck, who built additions to the house.

In 1819, possession of the home left the Van Wyck family when it was sold to Winant Van Zandt.

The Douglas family, founders of Douglaston, once owned the Cornelius Van Wyck House and the estate was used as a guest house and was sometimes rented to friends.

According to the Landmarks Preservation Commission the Cornelius Van Wyck House was described as a "picturesque Eighteenth Century Dutch colonial house," which included hand-hewn shingles and a salt-box type roof.

The present living room and the downstairs bedroom each contain handsome Georgian mantle-pieces.

By 1770, the house had expanded to add more rooms, and in 1930 the house expanded again to include room for a new kitchen. The House is a 2-story structure with five bedrooms and a bath on the first-floor, and three bedrooms and two baths on the second-floor. Additional notable architectural features of the house include its salt-box roof, oak beams, and wooden shingles. It is one of the last remaining Dutch Colonial houses in New York City and contains six fireplaces.

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