House of the Day: 164 Westminster Road


Holy cow, this new listing at 164 Westminster Road in Ditmas Park Prospect Park South is a beauty! The eight-bedroom house has amazing original detail and has been impeccably renovated. (Imagine cooking in that kitchen! Or drinking on that porch!) We could go on and on, but check out the photos and be your own judge. The asking price is $1,750,000. We think they’ll get it easily.
164 Westminster Road [Douglas Elliman] GMAP P*Shark

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  • That is a gorgeous and enormous house, no doubt. But $1.75M is a lot of money for Ditmas Park; not sure I’ve ever seen a sale over $1.5M in that neighborhood. Granted, this is in much better shape than most houses that trade hands down there, but it still feels like this house might be hard to move. (Also, the market for eight-bedroom homes has to be pretty small.)

  • Without doing any research I can think of two houses on Albemarle that fetched $1.6M – both were bigger, corner lot homes that were more impressive than this one.

    Nice home for somebody, but I don’t think $1.75M is achievable.

    • I completely disagree. On the one hand, that kitchen doesn’t look renovated, nor does the pictured bathroom, but the house appears to be in great condition and well maintained. I think that market is really hot in PPS and I predict that there will be a bidding war and the house will go for $1.9. (ETA – I didn’t realize the HOTD listing doesn’t make clear that this is in the ultra desirable Prospect Park South neighborhood)

  • This is in the Historic District and father from the rather scuzzy Church Ave than Albemarle. I think they have a fair shot – as most houses in the nabe that are for sale are in terrible condition. 1.6-1.7 seems doable.

  • You’re kidding about the kitchen right? I’d rather imagine renovating it than imagine cooking in it.

  • am I the only one who’s totally not appreciating this house? it looks like it could be anywhere. Connecticut. Chicago. L.A.

    • Sure there ARE houses just like this in many places throughout the U.S. But this one is in Brooklyn near transportation, near a decent public school which is getting better and the list of amenities in the area is growing everyday. I’d take this over a Brownstone for the same money.

  • Gorgeous. I also think they’ll easily get it (or very close).

  • I love it – not too modern, not too historical-detail obsessed; not too perfect/fancy: the kind of place you could mix-match furniture and styles, but with great light and nice touches (the windows are particularly nice to me). And maybe it’s just good photos but it’s not as dark and claustrophobic as houses in that area can be – the moldings don’t look overwrought, they’re simple and are always white; the radiators are in the walls. Great house –

  • I love it – not too modern, not too historical-detail obsessed; not too perfect/fancy: the kind of place you could mix-match furniture and styles, but with great light and nice touches (the windows are particularly nice to me). And maybe it’s just good photos but it’s not as dark and claustrophobic as houses in that area can be – the moldings don’t look overwrought, they’re simple and are always white; the radiators are in the walls. Great house –

  • Yes, this is PPS and not Ditmas Park. Adjacent nabes but not the same ball of wax. I notice on StreetEasy that 135 Westminister sold for this exact asking price back in 2007. http://streeteasy.com/nyc/house/135-westminster-road-brooklyn Okay, those were bubble days, you say. But the way good props are going in BK these days, especially in great nabes like PPS, I agree with those who think they will get their ask or come very close.

  • Yes, this is PPS and not Ditmas Park. Adjacent nabes but not the same ball of wax. I notice on StreetEasy that 135 Westminister sold for this exact asking price back in 2007. http://streeteasy.com/nyc/house/135-westminster-road-brooklyn Okay, those were bubble days, you say. But the way good props are going in BK these days, especially in great nabes like PPS, I agree with those who think they will get their ask or come very close.

  • haha, wouldn’t mary kay call this beverly square west?

    the work they did is significant for sure – electrical, roof, high velocity A/C, at least one good bathroom, also looks like skim coating and floor refinishing. but – a much of this house is staging, and this is a classic example of not doing the kitchen coming back to bite them in the a$$. The patchwork of flooring drives me bonkers, some of the bedrooms have seriously undersized crown molding (nitpick).

    The house itself doesn’t seem all that special, but the good staging minus the craptastic kitchen i would guess translates into around a 10% off. But who can say int his crazy market.

    • @slopemope – no – this is most definitely Prospect Park South. Beverly Square West is across Beverly Road. I think you all are underestimating the market for these houses right now. With many brownstones in Park Slope and Boerum Hill fast approaching the $3M mark, these houses seem like a better deal to people who want lots of space. It will be interesting to see where it ends up but I still put my money on it going for over ask, despite the unrenovated kitchen.

  • It’s not the staging…if you’ve been in these houses, you can see past that. I’ve been in similar ones in Prospect Park South (and this IS in PPS), and I love those landings with room for furniture!

    Yes, it is not in perfect shape, but the pictures show that – the uneven tone on dining room floor squares, the banister, the half-stripped window trim in a bedroom. Still, adding crown molding is easy; redoing electrical, and adding central AC and a roof, are not.

    Still, I prefer a house like this one, where they haven’t done the kitchen, even though like many, I’d want to change the cupboards, their doors at least, probably the boxes, too, and the counters, and possibly the stove (some get the vintage stove thing, some don’t; I’d have to see how it functioned), and some would be wierded out by that dented(?) refrigerator that looks like someone threw stuff at it. I’d prefer to buy it as is, because most of the kitchen renovations people do in these old houses are horrible, they don’t respect the house’s style, they are overdone with islands and granite and not period appropriate tile, and are dated as soon as they are finished, and will soon be outdated, and I wouldn’t want to pay for that, but rather do my own kitchen renovation. That said, this is priced like the kitchen had been renovated. So,while it may not get this price, it will get more interest because people won’t have to hate, or consider whether to pay for, a badly done kitchen. And they may get it, because these houses, even renovated, do not come standard with that detail-saving central air, or central air at all. (These houses stay much cooler than brownstones, due to the cross breezes you get, but these days, central air likely comes in quite handy.)

    Also, I love that old bathroom, as I don’t like most people’s bathroom renovations either, and would rather do my own – but that one, with the clawfoot tub, I’d leave mostly as it is, as I like vintage style baths.

  • It’s not the staging…if you’ve been in these houses, you can see past that. I’ve been in similar ones in Prospect Park South (and this IS in PPS), and I love those landings with room for furniture!

    Yes, it is not in perfect shape, but the pictures show that – the uneven tone on dining room floor squares, the banister, the half-stripped window trim in a bedroom. Still, adding crown molding is easy; redoing electrical, and adding central AC and a roof, are not.

    Still, I prefer a house like this one, where they haven’t done the kitchen, even though like many, I’d want to change the cupboards, their doors at least, probably the boxes, too, and the counters, and possibly the stove (some get the vintage stove thing, some don’t; I’d have to see how it functioned), and some would be wierded out by that dented(?) refrigerator that looks like someone threw stuff at it. I’d prefer to buy it as is, because most of the kitchen renovations people do in these old houses are horrible, they don’t respect the house’s style, they are overdone with islands and granite and not period appropriate tile, and are dated as soon as they are finished, and will soon be outdated, and I wouldn’t want to pay for that, but rather do my own kitchen renovation. That said, this is priced like the kitchen had been renovated. So,while it may not get this price, it will get more interest because people won’t have to hate, or consider whether to pay for, a badly done kitchen. And they may get it, because these houses, even renovated, do not come standard with that detail-saving central air, or central air at all. (These houses stay much cooler than brownstones, due to the cross breezes you get, but these days, central air likely comes in quite handy.)

    Also, I love that old bathroom, as I don’t like most people’s bathroom renovations either, and would rather do my own – but that one, with the clawfoot tub, I’d leave mostly as it is, as I like vintage style baths.