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This one-bedroom co-op in Forest Hills Gardens gets a pass for its somewhat irregular shape thanks to not only an appealing price, but some seriously charming surroundings.
The co-op, #501 at 1 Station Square, is listed for $319,000, with $1,250 a month in maintenance. The Wes Anderson movie-looking tower is the former Forest Hills Inn. Designed in a Tudor style by architect Grosvenor Atterbury, with landscape design by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., the building was built in 1912 in keeping with the brick and tiled-roof look of the surrounding square, which Atterbury and Olmsted hoped would anchor the area as mass transit reached towards the then-bucolic Queens neighborhood.
The apartment has hardwood floors with some inlaid details, high ceilings, a petite but nice enough bathroom, and big windows. The kitchen is missing from the listing photos, so we imagine it's tiny, and/or it may need some work.
The building has private security, an on-site super, a locker room with bike racks, and parking for an additional monthly fee. Additionally, pets are allowed, as is indefinite subleasing after two years.
Transportation is quite convenient, with the E, F, M, and R trains two blocks away at 71st Avenue, and the Forest Hills LIRR station across the street. Lots of shopping, eating, and drinking options are close by on Austin Street, and the West Side Tennis Club and Forest Hills Stadium are also a short walk away.
Also, it's not totally clear from the listing, but from the looks of the outside of the building, it appears that the LIRR station may be accessible from the building via a pedestrian bridge, which would be awfully nice in the winter.