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1650 N Queens

1650 N Queens, also known as the ‘Polito House’ was built in 1940 by mid century modern architect Raphael Soriano. This house is one of only a dozen houses designed by Soriano that still remain.

1650 N Queens was built before the case study houses. Its 2br /2ba, and just a little under 1,500 sqft with 5,816 sqft lot size. This house could have easily been 500 sqft larger with the same footprint if Soriano had enclosed the two outdoor balconies.  The house is perfect for indoor outdoor living, and feels larger than the square footage suggests.

The structure is a three level Bauhaus cube.

The lot is street to street and downsloping, the house has no setback from the curb because the flattest section of the lot is by the street.

Off Queens, there is a two car attached garage, which is a big plus because street parking on this section of Queens is a pain. You can only park on the West Side of the street, and it is quite narrow.

A staircase leads up to the main level.

On the main level there is a three quarter bath which is nice to have a second shower, with Anne Sack Tiles and a frameless glass door.

The living room is large and very  open with lots of windows and natural light. A square open kitchen with updated counters and original cabinets has a breakfast bar and good flow to formal dinning.

There are two big balconies on the main level and an even bigger one upstairs. They both over look the pool.

1650 N Queens has an opaque glass wall that runs from top to bottom along the north wall. Light is filtered in through the glass and privacy is maintained with the Spanish House next store.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms. The bedroom that is attached to the upstairs jack and jill bathroom, pictured above is 10’x12’. Closet space in this bedroom is ok.

The 2nd bedroom is 14’x12’ and has more closets. The current owner is using this bedroom as an office.

One of the really interesting things about this houses design, is that the upstairs deck has a bridge which walks across to a flat grassy pad. The upstairs of this house is as livable as the downstairs, so you will probably be spending you time evenly between the main level and the upstairs. The property has Dual HVAC systems and fireplace


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