This 1930s townhouse in Ridgewood has original details and a parking space, for $875,000

By Mimi O'Connor | June 18, 2019 - 1:00PM 

Wood floors, stained glass, and hardware are just some of the original features that remain. 


If you dream of a Brooklyn townhouse but have nightmares about the prices, consider this 1935 three bedroom, two bath in Ridgewood, Queens. The neighborhood is shedding its sleepy reputation, thanks in part to an influx of new residents from places like Bushwick and East Williamsburg, who are attracted to its relative affordability and diversity. New restaurants are also opening in the area, adding to already diverse array of dining options.   

So if you're looking for a Brooklyn vibe at a much lower price point, check out 1870 Willoughby Ave. This is a Tudor with just under 1,300 square feet of interior space. It's listed for $875,000.

Be warned: It's a little rough around the edges—the kitchen could use an update, and the carpet on the stairs should probably go. However many lovely original details remain, including wood parquet floors, a decorative fireplace, stained glass windows, solid wood doors, sconces, and hardware. 

The entryway has a coat closet, a rare feature in New York living spaces. 

There's a lot of picture frame molding and inlay detail in the floors.

Beyond the living room is a formal dining room. 

The eat-in kitchen is a candidate for a gut reno, but it's big, and the original cabinetry is there, as are nice architectural details. 

The staircase has a stained glass skylight to let light in. 

The master bedroom is a nice size, and has two closets. 

We don't see the basement, but the listing says it's semi-finished, and there is a separate entrance. Laundry facilities are here as well. According to the floor plans, in the back is a patio area as well a driveway and garage. 

The townhouse is five blocks from the Jefferson Street stop on the L, and a playground and athletic field are nearby. For nightlife fans, this is a good area, with venues like House of Yes and Fred Frelinghuysen presents in the neighborhood, as well as bars and restaurants along Metropolitan Avenue and Troutman Street. 


Mimi O'Connor

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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