Sometimes finding your dream home starts with a diamond in the rough. For those willing to put in a little sweat equity, that grubby little rock can be polished to perfection, revealing a rare gem. Okay, this home isn’t exactly a grubby little rock. It’s actually a stately Victorian on one of Ditmas Park’s best blocks. The $2.199 million house is on the market for the first time in 24 years—and it definitely looks like it hasn’t been updated during that time. But in every ugly duckling there’s a beautiful swan and this five-bedroom home’s potential is undeniable.
As you enter the foyer, take a moment to appreciate the decorative fireplace and window seats. Your interior designer is sure to be inspired by the home’s original decorative columns, moldings, and wainscoting, all made from rare blonde butterscotch oak. And before you turn your nose up at the dated green carpet, just know that it’s concealing well-preserved original parquet floors.
Next to the foyer is a large living room with plenty of light from several windows. The adjacent kitchen is bursting with potential as it overlooks the lush backyard, and the neighboring dining room—which is also accessible from the foyer—features a beamed ceiling and bright windows for an intimate dining experience.
The second floor currently contains two bedrooms and a study (or third bedroom) with a terrace looking out over the backyard. The third floor can either be a mother-in-law suite or an epic master suite. This space currently has a large bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen/art room, along with a study or recreational room. The 3,606-square-foot home has plenty of space for storage, with a basement and a detached two-car garage.
One of the home’s greatest assets may be its location. Victorian Ditmas Park is a quiet area that feels worlds away from busy New York City. After a long day at work, a walk down the neighborhood’s tree-lined streets almost feels like you’re in a movie. We know you hear us say “tree-lined streets” a lot, but we’re not talking about a few planted, fenced-in trees here or there. These trees are large and abundant; with an enchanting vibe that will make you want to hum a Beatles tune. And as you’re walking down East 19th Street to your newly renovated dream home, admiring the surrounding architecture and verdant lawns, you’ll literally feel the stress of the day wash away. It’s pretty magical. Take it from someone who knows.
Photos courtesy of Corcoran Group