This well-preserved two-and-a-half-story (plus basement), six-bedroom single-family Victorian house at 447 Rugby Road in Ditmas Park has a small-town vibe–from the big, wide front porch that’s just waiting for that porch swing to the very chill upstairs sun porch perfect for catching the last warm autumn rays. But there’s big-city subway access and plenty to do within a few blocks, and a citified price of $1.95 million, a number that wouldn’t have been seen in this lovely and historic neighborhood a few years back.
Built in 1902, this unspoiled corner-lot beauty has been lived in by the same family for 52 years, which is a big reason that so many of its charming original turn-of-the-century details–like stained glass windows, moldings, pocket doors and original hardwood floors–remain in such nice condition and add so much charm.
You’re first greeted with that expansive front porch–something you don’t see to often in the city. On the main floor, head through the original oval beveled front door into the formal windowed foyer.
A big, open living room offers a gas fireplace. A separate dining room–also spacious–boasts lovely details like a lead glass china cabinet and a jewel-toned stained glass window, all in pristine condition.
Through the dining room is the kitchen, where there’s space for a breakfast nook; it could use some updating (though on closer inspection it really has kind of a cool and tactile mid-century modern look, and an impressive professional-grade vented range) but there’s a keeper of a view of the garden and lawn that wrap around the house, perfect for watching the kids/pets play all day long.
There are two garden entrances off the kitchen, one of which leads to an outdoor dining patio with a gas grill.
On the second floor you’ll find three spacious and bright bedrooms and a large bath.
The big and sunny master bedroom boasts a sitting area in addition to four sets of original French doors that lead to that lovely sun porch.
The top floor attic resembles a dreamy private hideaway, with three large bedrooms boasting all-day sunlight and sky views; one has an en suite bath and cathedral ceilings.
Back down to earth, there’s a large semi-finished basement with laundry and a half bath, a workshop/tool room and plenty of storage. There’s the added bonus of a detached two-car garage with extra driveway parking space for two additional cars.
The house is on an absolutely beautiful block, leafy and lined with similarly preserved and restored Victorians. Though definitely small-town in feel, this prime spot in the neighborhood puts you within blocks of the great restaurants, markets, bars and cafes around Cortelyou Road, like The Farm on Adderley, Purple Yam and Sycamore, a weekly farmers’ market and an organic food co-op. And, lest you forget in this pastoral idyll of a homestead, you’re in walking distance to Prospect Park and within a few blocks of major subway lines that get you to Manhattan in 30 minutes.
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