02/28/14 3:00pm

494 E. 16th Street, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Free standing bungalow
Address: 494 East 16th Street
Cross Streets: Corner Ditmas Avenue
Neighborhood: Ditmas Park
Year Built: 1908
Architectural Style: Bungalow, with Japanese influence
Architect: Arlington D. Isham
Other work by architect: Many other houses in Ditmas Park, including most of the houses on this block
Landmarked: Yes, part of Ditmas Park HD (1981)

The story: When we generally think of bungalow houses, we think of the suburbs of Chicago, other parts of the Midwest, or the West Coast. We don’t generally think of Brooklyn. But as should be expected, when it comes to various kinds of housing stock, chances are Brooklyn’s got at least one of them, and this case, thirteen of them, along this street alone. And they are all really nice.

Henry Grattan was the developer of this row. He was a developer and builder, and on occasion, acted as his own architect. He bought this long plot of land from Louis H. Pounds, who with his partner Delbert Decker, had purchased all of the land making up Ditmas Park from the Van Ditmarsen family. Pounds took his development cues from nearby Prospect Park South, and had the land graded, with utility lines and streets laid out in advance. He broke the tracts up into generous plots that allowed for gracious lawns and large suburban style houses, many with garages.

The houses on 16th between Dorchester and Ditmas are not as large as others in the neighborhood, and are packed in pretty closely, but far enough apart to allow for a driveway in most cases, and room to landscape in an attractive manner. All of which serve this corner house well. The architect of the bungalows was Arlington D. Isham, a local Flatbush architect. He designed these bungalows at a time when the style was just beginning to take off in popularity, and was his take on a style vaguely inspired by Colonial British housing in India. (more…)

02/18/14 12:15pm

This Carol H. Pratt-designed 1910 house at 147 Rugby Road in Ditmas Park is up for rent, and it looks stellar if you have the dough. For $7,950 a month, you can have seven bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms with an enclosed porch, a sunroom, and lots of unusual, architect-designed touches. There are elaborate coffered and painted ceilings, a unique staircase, built-ins, mantels, stained glass, and on and on.

Check out the oval dining room with the metallic-painted molded plaster ceiling and leaded glass built-ins, and the parlor with the painted coffered ceiling, pocket doors, a wood burning fireplace and built-in bookcases. And the kitchen looks nicely renovated with its double oven and cherry floors. The house sold last September for $2,200,000, or roughly $529 per square foot, as one commenter pointed out.

What do you think of it?

147 Rugby Road [Corcoran] GMAP

01/21/14 12:54pm

Dreams of Ditmas but those gingerbread houses are out of reach? Maybe this new co-op listing at 1701 Albemarle Road might fit the bill. The 1,310-square-foot pad has some solid prewar details (though the listing admits it could use some TLC) and a generous layout. The two-bedroom unit has a maintenance of $707 and the asking price is $649,000.

1701 Albemarle Road, #F12 [Brooklyn Hearth Realty] GMAP

A large but low-slung commercial building at the corner of Cortelyou and Stratford Roads in Ditmas Park has sold for $2,000,000, Ditmas Park Corner reported. Massey Knakal handled the sale of 1029-1035 Cortelyou Road and told the blog there were over 20 cash offers on the property. The 3,578 square foot property sits on a 60-foot-by-71-foot lot and sold above asking price at $559 per square foot.

Currently used as storage (and antique store on Saturdays only), the building could be used for retail or developed up to 8,416 square feet, according to the Massey Knakal listing. Considering the location, a mixed-use residential development seems likely. GMAP

Building on Corner of Stratford and Cortelyou Sells for $2 Million [Ditmas Park Corner]
1029-1035 Cortelyou Road [Massey Knakal]
Photo by lwitler via Ditmas Park Corner

12/18/13 11:30am

Bar Chord-C1

The building at 1008 Cortelyou Road in Ditmas Park originally opened as a family-owned restaurant in 1927. Players for the Brooklyn Dodgers were known to stop in on their way to nearby Ebbets Field. The address has since lived through countless incarnations — lastly as a Mexican bakery — and now it has become Bar Chord, a neighborhood watering hole and music venue created by Christy and Jonny Sheehan. (more…)

12/02/13 1:00pm

Here’s an attractive and very large pre-war one-bedroom in Ditmas Park with a huge outdoor space for entertaining. It’s one of those one-bedrooms that is so large it could easily be a two but there’s no way to divide up the space so every room has a window. The current owners have carved an office or baby room out of the living room anyway. There are also a ton of closets, and it’s been nicely updated. Even so, we think $390,000 is a lot for a one-bedroom in Ditmas Park. What do you think?

1818 Newkirk Avenue [Brooklyn Hearth Realty] GMAP

09/09/13 12:15pm

If you’re a sucker for prewar details, you’ll want to take a close look at this new listing at 385 East 18th Street in Ditmas Park. In addition to original hardwood floors it’s got those cute arched doorways and bookshelf nooks going on. The apartment’s currently configured as a two-bedroom (and looks perfectly functional as such) but we think it would be fun to open up the baby’s room to the living room and create a nice bachelor pad.

385 East 18th Street, #3B [Brownstoner] GMAP

08/12/13 12:00pm

The Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church, on East 18th Street and Dorchester Road, has rebuilt its sanctuary after part of the church’s ceiling caved in. The ceiling collapsed in April of 2012 — you can see a picture of the damage here. Since then the congregation has restored the sanctuary and plans to celebrate the restoration on Sunday, September 8th. Here’s a shot of the ceiling after it was fixed; Preserv Inc. was in charge of the restoration project. The landmarked building is more than 100 years old and considered the finest Colonial Revival church in the entire city. You can read about the building’s history in this BOTD post.

Photo by wallyg

06/10/13 9:00am

Council Member Jumaane Williams and others want to expand the Ditmas Park historic district to include an additional 1,150 houses, The New York Daily News reported. The area just south of Prospect Park is known for its sprawling, standalone late 19th and early 20th century houses — definitely an unusual sight in a borough made up mostly of row houses. Neighborhood groups and the Flatbush Development Corp. submitted an application to Landmarks in March. The proposed addition to the 1978 landmarking would include Beverly Square West, Beverly Square East, Caton Park, Ditmas Park West, West Midwood and South Midwood. Those in favor said they want to preserve the historic character of the neighborhood. Predictably, the Daily News found a few residents who said they were concerned that landmarking will push up housing prices out of reach of the middle class or that homeowners will not be able to afford to maintain the houses in accordance with Landmarks rules. What’s your take?
Brooklyn Leaders Push to Landmark 1,150 Ditmas Park Houses [NY Daily News]
Photo by RalphSelitzer

05/21/13 11:30am

1. FORT GREENE $1,930,000
256 Adelphi Street GMAP P*Shark
A pre-Civil War three-story home. Here’s the old listing. It hit the market in March for $1,750,000, then went up to $1,800,000 later that month. Deed recorded on 5/15/2013.

2. PARK SLOPE $1,650,000
309 Third Street, #1J GMAP P*Shark
A two bed, two-and-a-half bath condo unit in a newish Park Slope build. It sold for $968,857 back in 2009 and was listed for $1,650,000 this February. Deed recorded on 5/14/2013.

3. CARROLL GARDENS $1,650,000
34 Second Place, #1 GMAP P*Shark
A duplex condo unit in a Carroll Gardens brownstone. It hit the market in January for $1,650,000 and entered contract less than a month later. Deed recorded on 5/16/2013.

4. DITMAS PARK $1,575,000
1717 Ditmas Avenue GMAP P*Shark
Here’s the listing for this impressive home, which is listed as a one- to three-family with a store or office space. It was asking $1,595,000.Deed recorded on 5/13/2013.

5. WILLIAMSBURG $1,513,400
60 Broadway, #9G GMAP P*Shark
A two-bedroom unit at the Gretsch building with a tenant in place until next year. (According to the listing, the rent brings in $6,500 per month.) It was listed in November for $1,500,000. Deed recorded on 5/13/2013.