Instead of a Balcony, How About a Garden Apartment?


In Sunnyside Gardens, the low-rise landmark segment of this Sunnyside area, where programmers in the 1920s intentionally failed to calculate their enabled footprint, earnings grew slightly between 2019 and 2020. There have been 15 earnings from the area wealthy with greenery — between Skillman Avenue and Long Island Rail Road monitors — in an average sale price of $1.09 million in 2019, based on public documents. And in 2020, there were 18, in a mean of $1.05 million.

The even-keel demand doesn’t surprise longtime residents. “When we were holed up during the pandemic, I don’t think we ever paid more attention to the beauty of the natural world,” stated Herbert Reynolds, a retired movie and theatre historian, and president of this Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance, that proceeded from Astoria in 1985. A fiery-orange azalea bush supporting his brick single-family attached row house on 39th Avenue was, specifically, “our great excitement,” Mr. Reynolds said.

Queens, obviously, is also home to Forest Hills Gardens, the private early-20th century collection of Tudor mansions with red-tile roofs on curving roads which was among the first backyard cities in America.

The wealthy area, with road names such as Greenway North and Greenway South had 31 home sales in 2019, in a normal cost of $2.07 million, based on Rachel Borut, a member broker with Douglas Elliman who resides and works in the area. In 2020, 26 homes sold in a mean of $1.91 million, based on Ms. Borut, who stated “house sales hung in, as did values.”

Co-ops, however, did worse, falling from 31 earnings in 2019 into 16 in 2020. Buyers seemed suspicious of buildings together with shared spaces such as elevators, stated Ms. Borut, that has lived at a four-bedroom townhouse, with a garden, because 2005: “It was the best thing we ever did,” Ms. Borut said.

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