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Ditmas Park

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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.

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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.

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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

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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