This rambling Victorian at 92 Argyle Road in Prospect Park South has to be one of the prettiest houses we’ve seen in Brooklyn. There are charming arches framing views into other rooms, inlaid floors, stained and leaded glass, bay windows, porches, a breakfast nook, bedrooms painted delightful shades of blue and green — and on and on.

It was built circa 1903 and designed by architect John Bay Slee, according to the listing. The kitchen has been tastefully updated with Craftsman-style cabinets and stainless steel appliances. There is also zoned central air and other new mechanicals. What do you think of it and the ask of $2,395,000?

92 Argyle Road [Halstead] GMAP

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.


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


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.


This bow-fronted red brick row house at 62 Stratford Road in Caton Park is less than a block from Prospect Park and has parking. There’s no floor plan in the listing, but we’re guessing the house was built as a two-family based on the interior photos and the setup of one apartment per floor. The listing says it was built in 1901, and it looks it.


The wraparound porch and the half-timbered dining room and halls in this standalone Midwood Park house are really striking. There are also other Tudor touches, such as diamond-paned windows on the upper floor and built-in window seats around the Arts and Crafts style brick fireplace, as well as neo-Classical columns in this late Victorian transitional house.

It’s also huge, with seven bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The kitchen has been renovated and has granite counters. The finished basement has a bar and laundry room. There’s also a big backyard. The listing says “needs TLC,” but the photos don’t show it. How do you like it and the ask of $1,445,000?

1709 Glenwood Road [Mary Kay Gallagher] GMAP


Here’s a lovely five-bedroom, three-bedroom house for rent in the Beverly Square East part of Victorian Flatbush. The three-story house doesn’t have a ton of original details, but we do see wooden moldings around the doorways, inlaid wooden floors and a stained glass window in one of the bedrooms. (Our listing doesn’t have photos, but Corcoran’s does.)

The owners have done an interesting, somewhat modern kitchen renovation with stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar. The basement is finished with a studio and playroom, and there’s a driveway in front of the house. Rent is $8,000 a month. Do you think it’s worth that much?

315 Marlborough Road [Corcoran] GMAP


This sprawling late Victorian in Ditmas Park West has been recently updated but also retains lots of original details. The standalone house has windows all around with three big rooms on the ground floor for living and dining, at least six bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. There are original mantels, bead board, new floral and toile wallpaper, stained glass, and plenty of built-ins. There is also central air, a large garden and a garage. What do you think of it for $1,895,000?

454 Rugby Road [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP