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Here’s a huge, beautiful two-bedroom for rent in a free-standing Victorian in Flatbush. The paint job is eye-popping, but it can’t hide the original moldings, parquet floors and bright bay windows. The kitchen has plenty of cabinets and seems large enough for a dining table, and the living room looks spacious too. Rent might be a little high for the location, which is several blocks away from the 2/5 and B/Q trains. Do you think $2,500 a month seems reasonable for this much space?

564 East 23rd Street, #2 [Dwell Residential] GMAP


1138 ocean avenue ditmas park 22015

This big (1,279 square feet) two-bedroom condo at 1138 Ocean Avenue in Ditmas Park just came on the market with a price tag of $899,000. It’s got a nice modern feel to it and appears to be in great shape. Both bedrooms have a decent amount of room and there’s a private balcony off the living room. How does the price strike you for the area?

1138 Ocean Avenue, #5E [Corcoran] GMAP

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This freestanding Dutch Colonial house at 1110 Ditmas Avenue in Ditmas Park West looks to be in move-in condition, with plenty of original details. The inside of the shingled Edwardian home is Arts and Crafts in style, with a wood-burning brick fireplace, original wood work, parquet, panelling, stained glass and original doors.

It has a porch with big columns, five bedrooms, a semi-finished basement with laundry and woodworking shop, a separate garage, and a roomy back yard. The kitchen and 2.5 bathrooms have been updated, but have an early 20th century vintage feel. It’s also not far from the shops on Cortelyou.

Considering prices of late, it seems like a good deal for $1,399,000. What do you think of it?

1110 Ditmas Avenue [Brooklyn Properties] GMAP

459 east 19th street ditmas park 122014

Today’s House of the Day is another circa-1900 freestanding Colonial Revival landmarked wood frame house in Ditmas Park — almost a twin to yesterday’s House of the Day. In fact, it was designed by the same architect, A. White Pierce, and built in 1906.

We’re guessing it’s in somewhat better condition than that one although still needing quite a bit of work and perhaps with not as many original details intact.

Although the crown molding is missing in some of the parlor rooms, there’s a lot of unpainted oak woodwork and a pretty, albeit altered, mantel in the hall. There’s also a very interesting high style 1950s bath reminiscent of Fornasetti with zany black and white tile and a transparent plastic or fiberglass panel with black and brown butterflies above the sink that might be worth saving in whole or in part. Another bath still has its original marble sink and a bit of a gas jet sconce still in the wall.

There’s also a detached two-car garage. What do you think of it for $2,199,000?

459 East 19th Street [Corcoran] GMAP

476 east 18th street ditmas park 122014

This freestanding Colonial Revival wood frame with a porch in Ditmas Park could not be more attractive, but it’s going to need a lot of work. We suspect leaks and mold may be an issue, going by the photos in the listing, and it will probably need all the other usual upgrades as well.

The front of the house, located at 476 East 18th Street, was used as a doctor’s office, but the partitions and extra bathroom in the hall look easy to remove.

Even so, the house appears remarkably intact, with all its moldings, doors, staircase, and stained glass. It’s landmarked and has been in the same family for decades, according to public records. It was designed by architect A. White Pierce in 1901 for Charles Cooper, a mechanic, according to the designation report.

The listing says the house needs TLC and is being sold as is. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,550,000?

476 East 18th Street [Corcoran] GMAP

415 argyle road ditmas park 122014

This duplex at 415 Argyle Road in Ditmas Park looks like a decent deal in the current market. The two-bedroom pad has been recently renovated and sports 1.5 bathrooms in addition to a small private balcony. As for value, you get 1,316 square feet for the asking price of $799,00. (The monthly maintenance is $1,135.) Dig it?

415 Argyle Road, #2-30 [Corcoran] GMAP

570 westminster road ditmas park 112014

This one-bedroom that just hit the market at 570 Westminster Road in Ditmas Park is a charmer. The prewar building has a lovely set-back entrance with gardens out front. The apartment itself has lots of prewar detail along with an updated kitchen. The foyer adds some formality — as well as some extra square footage. The ask is $459,000. What do you make of the price?

570 Westminster Road, #E16 [Brooklyn Hearth Realty] GMAP

455 east 18th street ditmas park 112014

We love these whole houses for rent in Ditmas Park, and this seven-bedroom, 3.5-bath gambrel-roofed shingle has a modern renovation with a few original details. There are parquet floors, pocket doors, leaded glass windows and decorative mantels, according to the listing. The kitchen is newly renovated with stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher, and the finished basement has a half bath and laundry. Asking rent is $5,500 a month, which seems like a pretty good deal for 2,600 square feet of house plus a garage. What do you think of it?

455 East 18th Street [Corcoran] GMAP


Lark Cafe at 1007 Church Avenue in Caton Park is the latest to be hit in what appear to be a string of six related armed robberies targeting eateries and their customers south of Prospect Park. Thursday night, a masked gunman stole laptops from a group of writers holding a meeting at the cafe, reported The New York Times. The story said:

And now fear and concern are rippling through the normally quiet neighborhood…because the robbery at Lark was but the latest in an unusual pattern: Armed robbers in hooded sweatshirts and masks are hitting local businesses, not just for the cash in the registers but for patrons’ belongings, too — their wallets, their computers, their jewelry. Despite low robbery numbers citywide, and a drop in robberies in the [70th Precinct], the holdups — as well as a fatal home invasion on Rugby Road last month — have shaken the confidence of this community that is usually safe.

Other businesses to be hit in recent weeks include Ox Cart Tavern, Stratford Deli and Mimi’s Hummus. We’re not sure what the other two businesses are, but locals already held a meeting with local Council Member Mathieu Eugene and police from the 70th precinct even before Lark was hit, as Ditmas Park Corner reported at the time.

Meanwhile, the writers group is asking for donations on GoFundMe to replace their stolen laptops.

Business owners told the Times the robbers might be targeting gentrifiers. “Worst-case scenario,” said one, “the robberies are a pushback against the new people in the neighborhood.”

That might be, but it also could be the case that the robbers feel these sit-down eateries are easy targets. The robberies are certainly brazen. We can’t recall anything quite like this, even in the 1970s. Do you?

In Ditmas Park, Armed Robbers Prey on Businesses and Their Patrons [NY Times]
Photo by Lark Cafe

485 east 17th street ditmas park 112014

This late Victorian neo-Classical house at 485 East 17th Street has a wraparound porch that is half enclosed with multi-paned windows. There are also neo-Classical columns, original wood work, inlaid floors and other original features. The updated kitchen has not been recently renovated, but appears to be in excellent condition. The bathroom shown, one of three, has many original features, including built-in cabinets. The sprawling house has six bedrooms as well as a family room in the basement with a pool table. The ask is $2,199,000.

485 East 17th Street [Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate] GMAP

1440 albemarle road ditmas park 102014

Amazeballs and awesomesauce, as the Yelpers say. We’re not sure how we missed this listing for the most prominent house in Prospect Park South, 1440 Albemarle Road, when it went up in July, but we’ve noticed now and the price just dropped 13 percent.

Some of the decor is a tad frou frou but it’s not permanent and doesn’t obscure the incredible bones of the house, including a huge bank of windows in a curved bay, a spiral stair with an oriel skylight, and fancy mantels and wood work galore. Delightfully, there are original kitchen built-ins and at least one original bathroom with a claw foot tub and leaded glass window.

Built in 1905, it was designed by architects Robert Bryson and Carroll Pratt in the Colonial Revival style (plus a grab bag of others). Do you think $2,450,000 (down from $2,800,000) is a good deal for this “massive Victorian steamboat of a house,” as our own Montrose Morris put it?

1440 Albemarle Road [Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate] GMAP
Building of the Day: 1440 Albemarle Road [Brownstoner]

132 east 19th street ditmas park 102014

Here’s a reasonably priced and recently updated four-bedroom in Ditmas Park. Three of the bedrooms are the same size, and the fourth is slightly smaller, according to the broker. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher, and there’s laundry in the building. What do you think of it for $3,250 a month?

132 East 19th Street [Keller Williams] GMAP