Ditmas Park


This six-bedroom Edwardian on Rugby Road in Caton Park (a mini-'hood between the Parade Ground and Prospect Park) is newly and completely renovated — even the front and rear lawns look newly installed. It combines some original details — inlaid parquet floors, wainscoting, stained glass, a pair of fireplaces — with modern finishes.


Have you ever wondered why Ditmas Park’s coolest places (Sycamore, a hybrid flower shop/whiskey bar; the urban-rustic restaurant Farm on Adderley; tiny Mimi’s Hummus; and The Castello Plan, a cozy wine bar), all clustered on Cortelyou Road, are so beautifully and unusually designed?

It’s because architect Ole Sondresen masterminded them all, making his trademark creative use of uncommon materials (he’s been known to use recycled denim jeans for insulation).

So it was almost a given that the owners of a nearby freestanding circa-1910 house with a gabled roof, badly in need of an update, called on Sondresen when they were ready to renovate.