Thursday, December 20, 2007

The stone Victorian

Okay, this one is two doors down from the Penelope Wright house on 74th Street in Middle Village. It's oversized, but interesting.


Anonymous said...

What's up with all these micro Bedford, Westchester wanna be estates looking really rather silly and out of place in that area?

Is it an ego thing to build bling- bling turreted castle like homes among the serf like homes? Or is it a place to dump ill gotten gains or unreported cash into brick and mortar?

What ever it is, the city should evaluate and assess each of these McCastles properties a Kings ransom in taxes - after all it is obvious they can afford it and want everyone to know it sic.....

Anonymous said...

It is two levels with attic space, why is that oversized? The above poster is complaining that the house looks nicer than the other houses on the block, and throws out an ignorant accusation that the owner is a criminal. Unbelievable . . .

Anonymous said...

It's oversized because the houses next to it are nowhere near as tall and do not take up 90% of the lot as this one does. I think you are reading a little too much into these comments. Take it easy.

Anonymous said...

So you should only be able to build as high as the house next to yours? That makes no sense. The house on the corner right near this one is two stories.

Anonymous said...

I think the design of this house is exceptional compared to the utter pieces of crap that we've seen on this site.

At least it seems the architect/developer put some obvious thought into this one.

Anonymous said...

Corner lots have traditionally been allowed a larger FAR.

Anonymous said...

At least this house is asthetically appealing. Look at all the crap that is being built in Queens. This house has curb appeal. Kudo's to the architect. If the owner can afford to build a nice house, he should be allowed to. Lighten up!

Anonymous said...

This house has SO MUCH more character than a lot of the stuff thats usually on here. It not a square box with tiny windows, it has curves and some design. It doesnt look like a 3 year old put it together. I like it. As far as it not conforming with the neighborhood, big deal, at least it looks nice.

Anonymous said...

This is NOT crap. Thought went into it. Concern for design is evident. Most importantly, IT LOOKS LIKE A NICE HOME not a refrigerator with windows.

Anonymous said...

There no doubt that this castle is highly crafted and with no expense spared. Let's face it, the building is out of character with the surrounding homes. There is no denying it's too big for it's tiny plot, has that look at me impact. Thus I find it to be an an odd duck - can't quite put a finger on it.

Years ago a house on Caldweld Ave a few blocks south of 80th street was built in a similar craftmanship manner, in a style of a Church. Still there, double front doors, stain glass windows, heavy stone effect. It's inhabitants were in the news several times, usually for ugly reasons.

The point here is that these buidings do fit within the character of the neighborhood style or means. The next building style could emulate a mini Trump tower in the middle of a block of attached homes. This is already beginning to materialize in several parts of Middle Village, Maspeth & Elmhurst.

Anonymous said...

1. It does seem oversized.

2. There's very little front lawn.

3. I hate the chrome/stainless steel "ironwork".

4. Looks an awful lot like that Walburton's Pharmacy on Cross Bay Blvd.

5. Overall, quite attractive, even with the problems (in my opinion) above.

6. Someone mentioned FAR for corner houses. The FAR for corner properties is NO different than the surrounding properties, it's specified in the zoning code. The change for corner properties (and ALL properties that fall within 100' of a corner) is the backyard requirement.

Anonymous said...

Compared to most Corona Crap
this one is damn good!

Quality materials were used.

A little off, here and there,
on the builder's understanding
of proportion and detail but I'll take it.

A very good try at a difficult style.

Remember folks......
let's get some perspective on this.

When vintage Victorian homes first went up
they replaced simpler classic colonial era homes
and a lot of people thought that these
new fangled Victorians over sized monstrosities
were the Mc Mansions of the 1880s.