Jamaica Estates

New York, New York

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A residential park. Nice idea, isn’t it? That’s what the developers of Jamaica Estates had in mind when they began to transform forested highlands north of Jamaica into a residential community in 1907. It would have the natural beauty of a park, but you could live there. To effect the parklike setting, the developers respected the contours of the land: Hills were not leveled, and no rectangular street grid was forced through. Jamaica Estates would have winding roads, like park drives—with British names for extra prestige. The Jamaica Estates Company made beauty and exclusivity priorities for their development rather than maximizing profitability per acre . . . which may have had something to do with the firm going bankrupt after just over a decade in business. It was left to a homeowners’ association to preserve its vision, and while apartment houses were eventually built in Jamaica Estates, much of it has kept to the original plan for high-quality freestanding homes, and the neighborhood remains a leafy Tudor enclave.

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"A residential park. Nice idea, isn’t it? That’s what the developers of Jamaica Estates had in mind when they began to transform forested highlands north of Jamaica into a residential community in 1907. It would have the natural beauty of a park, but you could live there. To effect the parklike setting, the developers respected the contours of the land: Hills were not leveled, and no rectangular street grid was forced through. Jamaica Estates would have winding roads, like park drives—with British names for extra prestige. The Jamaica Estates Company made beauty and exclusivity priorities for their development rather than maximizing profitability per acre . . . which may have had something to do with the firm going bankrupt after just over a decade in business. It was left to a homeowners’ association to preserve its vision, and while apartment houses were eventually built in Jamaica Estates, much of it has kept to the original plan for high-quality freestanding homes, and the neighborhood remains a leafy Tudor enclave."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: New York
Distance: 2.1
Season: Year-round

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Jun 2018