A historic house in Kew Gardens, which has been falling into disrepair for more than a decade, was sold last month for nearly $1 million.
The house, at 84-62 Beverly Road, constructed in the 1920s, is described as being built in an Anglo-Japanese style. It combines architectural elements of an English cottage with curved lines typical of Japanese rooftops, and is the only one of its kind in Queens, according to local historians.
Its previous owner, listed in public records as Mun Chang, moved out about 15 years ago and the house began to deteriorate, locals said. Chang could not be reached for comment.
In 2009, the Department of Buildings declared the house unsafe after a building inspector found it vacant and its front door and garage door left open, according to the DOB.
The agency then obtained a court order to seal the building by pouring concrete over the ground floor windows, according to the agency.
But despite its decrepit shape, the 3-story house was purchased on Sept. 10 for $990,000, according to Mitra Hakimi of Mitra Hakimi Realty Group, which closed the deal.