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Charles G. Meyer’s estate on Bell Avenue

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Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 10:30 am

Charles Garrison Meyer, born in Maspeth on Sept. 21, 1879, married 22-year-old Sara Willets Leavitt — from an old, well-to-do Flushing family — on Oct. 8, 1902. Upon the death of his father, real estate developer Cord Meyer, in 1910, he was thrust into the position of family patriarch as the eldest child. He chose Bayside as his personal home for his wife and family. The address was 11 Bell Avenue, within the neighborhood’s section of large estates.

According to Census records, Meyer had 13 servants living on his property — people who came from England, Germany, Poland and Ireland. His wife passed away in 1939 at age 58 and was buried in Flushing Cemetery.

Their house and property were appraised at $143,500 in 1940.

Upon Charles Meyer’s death on April 9, 1950, the family decided to sell the 225-acre estate. The section of the neighborhood the home sat in was also given the name “Bay Terrace.”

Today, with the Bay Terrace shopping mall occupying the former site of the Meyer home, real estate prices in the area continue to climb and it is known as one of the most desirable places to live in Queens.

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