Victorian

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Actress Arlene Dahl–who achieved fame in the 1950s for her roles in Journey to the Center of the Earth, Slightly Scarlet, and Three Little Words–and her husband, renowned perfume bottle designer Marc Rosen, bought and restored this beautiful upstate Italianate Victorian 40 years ago. After decades of hosting many star-studded events at the home, including their son Lorenzo Lamas’ wedding and an 80th birthday party for Helen Hayes, the couple has decided to list the Sparkill, New York property for $4,950,000. Known as Treetops, it was built in 1859 and has six bedrooms, eight original fireplaces, and plenty of period details.

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Cool Listings, Midwood

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

We sincerely hope that whoever buys this Victorian home in Midwood decides to keep at least some of the floral wallpaper, and there’s really no choice when it comes to preserving vintage elements like clawfoot tubs, a vintage Kenmore stove, and stained glass windows. The home was built in 1899, and today it’s an intriguing mix of 19th-century architecture and 1950s retro. It has six bedrooms, a covered porch, driveway, two-car garage, and both front and rear yards, and it’s on the market for $1.8 million.

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Cool Listings, Midwood

Listing photos by Al Seidman, VHT

This listing calls this six-bedroom Colonial Revival house “the centerpiece of the landmarked Fiske Terrace Historic District,” and we can certainly see why with its all curb appeal. Built in 1905, it sits on a 0.31-acre lot at the corner of the dead-end Wellington Court and East 17th Street, one of the gorgeously landscaped Flatbush Malls. In addition to its rolling green lawn and giant oak trees, the house has a driveway that leads to a two-car garage/carriage house apartment. And inside, it’s been impeccably modernized, while retaining all the historic details. The home is asking $4,999,000.

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Cool Listings, Ditmas Park

Listing photos by Al Seidman

Ditmas Park is well known for its large, free-standing homes, but this $2,495,000 Victorian beauty takes suburban living in Brooklyn to another level. Located at 685 East 22nd Street, the six-bedroom, 2,400+ square-foot home is situated on a 50′ x 100′ corner lot, allowing for front, side, and rear yards, an enclosed front porch, and a two-car garage. And just wait until you see the beautifully preserved interiors, full of Arts and Crafts woodwork and stained glass, all dating to the home’s turn-of-the-century construction.

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Cool Listings, Ditmas Park

Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

We always get excited when we see a Ditmas Park Victorian hit the market, but this home really took our breath away. The five-bedroom home at 554 East 18th Street has been completely reimagined by its owners, “husband/wife design enthusiasts,” according to the listing. The eclectic mix includes industrial elements like exposed beams and pipes, playful wall coverings, Scandi-chic decor, and an open floorplan. There’s a rare atrium extension, and the third floor has been transformed into a heavenly master suite. The home is asking $3,200,000.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

Photo by Roy Savage

The city of Newburgh, about an hour-and-a-half drive from Manhattan, often gets a bad rap for its past crime statistics. But in recent years, shops and restaurants have been sprouting up, the arts scene is booming, preservation groups are working to save the wealth of historic mansions, and the relatively affordable housing stock is enticing buyers. Take, for example, this 1875 Victorian home. It’s over 3,500 square feet, is beautifully preserved, and overlooks the Hudson River and Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. And it’s asking just $650,000.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

All photos courtesy of Compass

It’s hard to believe this stunning home is asking under $1 million, but it’s even more surprising that it’s available for the first time in over a century. Located in the Dutchess County hamlet of New Hamburg, the Victorian home was built in 1860 and underwent a full restoration in 2003. In addition to its great location, wrap-around porch, and tons of preserved historic details, the property comes with a separate guest cottage that’s just as lovely.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Prospect Park South

85 Westminster Road, townhouses, cool listings, Prospect Park South

In Brooklyn’s Prospect Park South Historic District, a block from the park, this Victorian beauty built in 1908 is asking $2,395,000. Per the listing, the home at 85 Westminster Road is a “unique blend of Greek Revival temple style with the asymmetry and turrets of a Queen Anne.” In addition to 3,578 square feet of historic detail-filled living space, it has tons of curb appeal with a grassy green paint job, two-story colonnade, and wrap-around veranda that follows the curve of the turrets.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Staten Island

This freestanding Victorian home was built at 204 Richmond Terrace on the Staten Island waterfront way back in the 1870s. Impressively, it still stands today and has hit the market for $2 million. Lots of historic details, like a curving staircase, fireplaces and wood carvings, can be found inside. Buyers also have some options upon purchase: the zoning allows for an expansion to the home, or they could replace the existing structure with a multi-story building of at least 10 apartments, retail and parking (but we’ve gotta say, we prefer what stands).

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Cool Listings, Ditmas Park, Historic Homes, Interiors

770 Rugby Road, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

It’s hard not to fall in love with this freestanding Victorian at 770 Rugby Road in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. The house has had the same owner for more than 50 years, and only a few owners since it was built in 1905. The interior is chock full of well-kept period details, not to mention a grassy lawn and a front porch. Are you falling as hard as we are? It’s on the market now for $2.195 million.

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