Townhouse pick of the week

A Forest Hills house with 'mother-daughter' layout, for $1,200,000

Mimi headsht
By Mimi OConnor  |
August 13, 2019 - 2:30PM

The townhouse is located in prime Forest Hills near shopping and transportation. 

EXP Realty

If you need a lot of space and are charmed by the neighborhood of Forest Hills, this atypical, three-story townhouse may work for you. Listed for $1,200,000, 68-54 Dartmouth St. has three bedrooms and two and a half baths. 

Here's what makes it unusual: It is described in the listing as having a "mother-daughter" layout, a indication that although it has two apartments, it is probably classified as a single-family property by its certificate of occupancy, which means you can't live in one apartment and rent the other one out.

However, a quick check of the address's property profile on the Department of Buildings website reveals that there is no C of O on file for this 1925 building. Some buildings that were built before the requirement was enacted in 1938 are exempt from having to have a C of O, unless alterations changed their use. But the profile makes it clear: the Department of Finance building classification for this property is a single family.

The full apartment on the two upper floors has two bedrooms, high ceilings and gets lots of light. There are wood floors with inlaid detail. 

An open floor plan has space for a dining room. 

The kitchen looks renovated and there is a breakfast bar as well. 

A bathroom has a large shower stall and looks recently updated. 

The master bedroom is a nice size and has a large walk-in closet. 

The top floor's additional bedroom is large as well. 


The first floor has a family room, and a full bath.

The second kitchen is small, but functional. 

The bedroom is a nice size and has several windows. 

This level also has access to the private backyard. 

The townhouse is very close to the recently restored Forest Hills Stadium (which abides by noise ordinances in consideration of its residential areas.) The shops and restaurants of Austin Street are also close by. 


The E and F trains are a short walk away at the Forest Hills 71st Avenue station, and the Forest Hills LIRR stop is also a few blocks away. 








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Mimi OConnor

Contributing Writer

Mimi O’Connor has written about New York City real estate for publications that include Brick Underground, Refinery29, and Thrillist. She is the recipient of two awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for interior design and service journalism. Her writing on New York City, parenting, events, and culture has also appeared in Parents, Red Tricycle, BizBash, and Time Out New York.

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