Ditmas Park is a magical neighborhood in New York City, filled with yards, front porches and beautiful freestanding Victorian homes. This is one of them, at 536 East 18th Street, and it is now on the market for $2.725 million. The exterior has been well kept, right down to the wood front porch. The interior has gone through a big renovation that hasn’t taken away all the historic details, but definitely opened up and modernized the house. (It last sold in 2012 for $1,299,000, probably before any reno.) The result is the best of both worlds: Historic Ditmas Park from the exterior, modern and hip Brooklyn inside.
What’s not to love about a home with a front and back yard, driveway, two-car garage and front porch? It’s nice to have some suburban perks in city life.
The parlor floor has been redone into a sprawling, open floorplan with windows throughout. (WTF is with that WTF artwork?) The living room has an upgraded wood-burning fireplace–the surrounding exposed brick was painted white and also lends to the bright, open vibe on this floor.
The dining room still retains the home’s original coffered ceilings and parquet flooring, but it’s been upgraded with a new, built-in glass bar.
The renovated eat-in kitchen takes up the back wall of the house. It’s got a new Cesarstone island, custom cabinetry and very fancy appliances like double wall ovens, a double-door refrigerator and a built-in dishwasher. Right off the kitchen is a powder room.
There are three floors and an impressive 4,542 square feet in here. Upon arriving on the second floor, there’s a big mezzanine and seating room that still has some old built-in shelving intact.
There are also three bedrooms on the second floor as well as a big bathroom with its original stained glass window.
The fourth, master bedroom is actually configured over two levels. There’s a lower room, with a custom closet and a lounge area. Above it is the bedroom with a wall-to-wall closet, vaulted ceilings and three operable skylights. From a glass and steel half wall, you can look down onto the lounge below from your bedroom–it ensures that both levels get plenty of light.
Finally, this is what the listing calls the home’s piece de resistance. The finished basement holds a private screening room with a nine-foot, automatic retractable movie screen and built-in speakers. (There’s also a home gym and additional bedroom on this level.) Suburban living has never looked so good!
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Photos courtesy of the Corcoran Group
Neighborhoods : Ditmas Park