Douglas Elliman Sets Its Sights on the Future With Acquisition of Ditmas Park Real Estate Firm


Ditmas Park and its amazing housing stock, much of it in the form of gorgeous Victorian houses with large grassy yards and roomy porches, is no longer Brooklyn’s best kept secret. In fact, it’s one of the most popular areas for house-hungry Brooklynites.

For proof, stroll down the district’s main drag, Courtelyou Road, which is lined with cafes, wine bars, and popular restaurants like Mimi’s Hummus and Farm on Adderley. Bar Chord is a favorite venue for live acoustic music.

Now Douglas Elliman has acquired Brooklyn Hearth Realty to ensure there is adequate sales infrastructure to meet the growing demand. Since its founding in 2004, Brooklyn Hearth Realty has been instrumental in the area’s growing popularity with home buyers, sellers and investors.

All eight agents, including its three founding partners, Rebekah Carver, Jan Rosenberg and DeAnna Lenhart, will join Douglas Elliman and continue to work from their locations at 1207 Cortelyou Road in Ditmas Park and 43 5th Avenue in Park Slope, which will now be branded as Douglas Elliman locations.

The move underscores Douglas Elliman’s commitment to increasing its presence throughout Brooklyn as it also announced the addition of new offices in Williamsburg and Bedford Stuyvesant later this year. With this expansion, Douglas Elliman brings its office count to 90 nationally, with more than 300 agents in Brooklyn.

Rosenberg, a sociologist and former professor at Long Island University in Brooklyn, started a new career as a broker when she founded Brooklyn Hearth. Soon afterwards, in 2007, Lenhart and Carver became involved with the business and became her partners.

“After over a decade of rolling up our sleeves and growing the real estate transactions — both residential and commercial in Ditmas Park and Kensington — we’re ready for a larger platform and support in which to do the work we love,” Rosenberg said.

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