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Green grows this Spanish-style Merrick home

This updated ranch, now on the market for

This updated ranch, now on the market for $439,000, is an attention-getter in the already singular Merrick Gables neighborhood. Credit: Realty Connect USA / Russell Pratt

Even in the unique Merrick Gables neighborhood, this updated ranch, now on the market for $439,000, stands out — in no small part to a new, vibrant green paint job by owner Colleen Tracey.

A Queens native who has lived in the home for about two years, Tracey says the neighborhood grew on her during visits to her doctor.

“I just kind of grew to love the difference of how they stood out — the fact that they looked like Spanish houses and they were all built different from one to another,” she says.

Situated on Frankel Boulevard — named after Gables builder Joseph Frankel, who formed a development partnership with William Fox, owner of Fox Film Corp., the forerunner of 20th Century Fox — the three-bedroom, 1 1⁄2-bath stucco home was one of many Spanish-style homes built in an eight-block area in the late 1920s. This approximately 1,238-square-foot residence was constructed in 1927, says listing agent Stacy Bibbo of Realty Connect USA.

In addition to the fresh coat of paint, Tracey completed the knotty pine-walled basement to include a den, office, bathroom and laundry room. A previous owner overhauled the kitchen and bathroom on the first floor.

Upstairs, the original wood floors remain, as does the “very different inlay that travels through pretty much the whole house,” Tracey says.

Outside, the 60-by-100-foot property is equipped with in-ground sprinklers and has a wood deck. Tracey says she also installed vinyl fencing, partly to give her three French bulldogs a yard they could run and play in.

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