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

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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

1010 Ocean Ave, Brush House, CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Thomas H. Brush house, then Temple Beth Ohr, then Redeption Gospel Outreach, now doctors’ offices
Address: 1010 Ocean Avenue
Cross Streets: Corner Newkirk Avenue
Neighborhood: Ditmas Park
Year Built: 1899
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Architect: George Palliser
Other Buildings by Architect: Many houses in the Barnum/Palliser Historic District in Bridgeport, CT, as well as other buildings in historic districts in Bridgeport, Westport and Waterbury, CT. Also houses in Main, Indiana, Vermont and Utah.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Ditmas Park HD (1981)

The story: Connecticut architects George and Charles Palliser were busy men during the latter half of the 19th century. In 1976, George had published an architectural style book called “Model Homes for the People.” In it he illustrated plans and patterns for housing. He boasted that the 25 page book was sent to every state and territory in the Union, and even in the provinces. A year later, he and his brother Charles formed their company, Palliser, Palliser & Co. and set out to write and publish many more books of model houses and architectural how-to’s. Between 1876 and 1900, they published at least ten, including on all-purpose guide for towns and cities called “Palliser’s Court Houses, Village, Town and City Halls, Jails and Plans of Other Public Buildings,” which was published in 1889. (more…)

1818 newkirk avenue ditmas park 82014

Here’s a spacious and lovely two-bedroom that just hit the market for $525,000 in Ditmas Park. The 1,050-square-foot pad was recently updated and features walk-in closets, built-in bookshelves, ceiling fans and a dishwasher. Both bedrooms are large, and the French doors help brighten up the living room, which doesn’t have any windows. The building also has a parking garage, shared garden, laundry and a part-time doorman. Maintenance is $705 a month. Do you think it’s a good deal?

1818 Newkirk Avenue [Brooklyn Hearth Realty] GMAP

1701 albemarle road ditmas park 82014

This co-op listing at 1701 Albermarle Road is a charmer. The prewar one-bedroom sports original wood floors, two exposures and an attractively renovated kitchen. The listing also claims that the apartment is “blissfully quiet.” The maintenance is a low $511 per month and the asking price is $419,000. You like?

1701 Albemarle Road, #D8 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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Dixon is selling one of its Brooklyn homes and has started leasing another batch of rentals, including properties in prime areas of Brooklyn such as Park Slope.

The sale is unexpected, its first in Brooklyn although not the greater New York area. Dixon’s strategy has always been to buy and rent out its properties, not flip them, holding them for at least five years, because of a U.S.-Australia trade agreement. Dixon purchased 777 Rugby Road, a standalone Victorian in Ditmas Park that had been on and off the market for years, pictured above, from its longtime owner for $1,055,000 in May of 2013. (more…)