The area that became Douglaston was occupied by native Americans until Dutch settlers came in the 1650s because of the rich farmland. In the early 1800s, a wealthy merchant built a mansion in this area which still stands today as the Douglaston Club. The area took its name from George Douglas who bought 240 acres in the 1830s. His son donated a building to the railway when it extended to this area and the building was called Douglaston which eventually became the name of the entire community.
This area is a diverse mix of old turn-of-the-century homes and newer planned communities. This area is almost entirely residential and is defined by natural areas all around it. The Doggy Doggy is right along Northern Boulevard where you can find all of the accessories that your dog might need. The Fancy Doggy pet grooming and boarding is also along this boulevard and will have your dog looking good in no time.
This is a diverse area with lots of different types of homes and communities. Many homes are historical and of Dutch construction or turn-of-the-century Victorian. In most areas, homes tend to be set back from the road behind small but well-manicured and grassy lawns. In many areas, homes rise up from the road with attractive stairs leading up and terraced gardens. There is a sidewalk along the road on some parts but in general, the relatively low traffic and plenty of grassy areas will make you feel comfortable walking your dog on a loose leash throughout most of this neighborhood.
If you are considering being on wheels with your dog, do so carefully as there are many unexpected turns and areas without sidewalks that can be dangerous if you are not in complete control. Roads also tend to be gently sloping and you can quickly build up a lot of speed without realizing it.
There is lots of natural area accessible to you in Douglaston. To the east, Udall’s Cove Park Preserve stretches from the north to the south in a long forested area. Towards the southern part of the park, homes have backyards that face directly onto the park, so be careful that you don't wander onto private property.
North of the preserve, you can find your way into the marshes around Pond Park. This marshy area must be explored with waders or a canoe or kayak, but it offers some truly unique and beautiful environments. The Pond Park is a lovely forested area with a gorgeous natural bank on the marsh and a small pond.
To the west of Douglaston, there is another marshy area around the Alley Creek. There is some sandy shoreline here as well as marshy and forested areas so you will have diverse exploration around this creek.