What was once founded as a large estate for a wealthy merchant named Wyant Van Zandt in the early 1800s is now known as one of Queens’ most aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods, located right along the Little Neck Bay. Douglaston, Queens has six distinct neighborhoods: Douglas Manor, Douglaston Hill, Doug Bay, Douglaston Park, Winchester Estates and Douglaston itself. Together, these neighborhoods comprise one of the least traditionally urban communities in New York City.
It’s hard not to notice the upscale suburban feel of Douglaston, especially with a large portion of the neighborhood surrounded by water. The mansion that once sat on the property of Zandt’s estate now houses the Douglaston Club, an upscale country club that also features the local yacht club where many members take up Sailing as a hobby or a sport. The Douglaston Club is also home to the Douglaston Chess Conference’s annual competition.
There is also a full 18-hole golf course in Southern Douglaston, which sits atop one of Queens’ most highly elevated properties, offering picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline. The western edge of Douglaston shares Little Neck Bay and Alley Pond with Little Neck. This area includes over 600 acres of forests, lakes, marshes and other outdoor areas for exploration. On the eastern side, one can find Udalls Cove, a 90-acre wildlife sanctuary.
The education system is part of New York City’s best, with those entering high school feeding into Benjamin Cardozo High School in neighboring Bayside. Cardozo High consistently receives high reviews and has been voted in the top 100 schools in the United States by Newsday.
Commuting into New York City is smooth for residents of Douglaston. Most take the Long Island Rail Road’s Port Washington Line, which stops in Douglaston, and are in Midtown within 30 minutes. Others choose to utilize the bus system. The Q12 brings residents to Flushing, where they can connect to a subway. The Q30 does the same but in Jamaica.