Actress puts Bayside home on the market
GalleriesMonique Van Vooren's Bayside home
Call it country living within city limits: Actress, singer and author Monique Van Vooren is selling her four-bedroom estate, a 2,200-square-foot Mediterranean-style mansion built in 1935 on Oakland Lake in Bayside, Queens.
The home, just 14 miles from midtown Manhattan, originally belonged to Van Vooren's husband, Gerard Purcell, who at one time was personal and business manager for entertainment icons such as musicians Eddy Arnold and Al Hirt, writers Rod McKuen and Maya Angelou, and comedian Jay Leno, among others.
After Purcell's death in 2002, Manhattan-based Van Vooren renovated the interior with the aid of designer Geoffrey Bradfield, who is on Architectural Digest's AD100 list of top designers and architects.
"It's a stunner," says agent Veronica Raehse of Bellmarc Realty in Manhattan, who is co-listing with Joseph Olshefski the home for $2.095 million.
Belgian-born Van Vooren starred in many films, including the 1973 cult classic "Andy Warhol's Frankenstein," which was directed by Paul Morrissey, who sold the Montauk estate he once co-owned with Warhol for $27.5 million in January.
In 1983 Van Vooren had a brush with the law when she was sentenced to community service for lying to a federal grand jury investigating charges that she had cashed her deceased mother's social security payments.
The actress' favorite things about the home, she says, are the architectural touches like the vaulted leather ceilings, wrought iron doors and full-length leaded windows with views of the lake. "It's an old world gem," she says. "You couldn't reproduce it today."