Ditmas Park, known for its detached single-family homes with open and generous front porches, is often referred to as “the brownstone alternative.”
Ditmas Park proper is an eight-block area that has been designated a historic district, thanks to its collection of early 20th-century homes. But the neighborhood boundaries have stretched beyond to include parts of the surrounding area known as Victorian Flatbush. Many of the original houses in Ditmas Park were built by the developer Lewis H. Pounds in the early 1900s, but he designed the homes in different styles, including Colonial Revival, Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts.
Outside the historic district, apartment buildings can be found on larger thoroughfares; the main commercial strip runs along Cortelyou Road. New restaurants and cafes have opened to cater to recent transplants, who tend to be younger and have shifted the area’s demographics. The median sales price for homes went from $390,000 in 2000 to $1.7 million in 2015
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