Most of the world knows Brooklyn as a trendy borough of mid- to high-rises, rows upon rows of brownstones, and iconic sights such as the Manhattan Bridge. This face is urban chic and cool that a lot of people, once they step into the boundaries of Ditmas Park, feel as if they’re lost.
And I totally get it. Ditmas Park feels like a completely different world. Here in this Brooklyn neighborhood, the urban landscape is replaced by idyllic tree-lined streets and beautiful Victorian homes. It’s close enough to the glamour of the New York City lifestyle we’re all familiar with but still holds its own distinct character.
Let me show you around!
Where is Ditmas Park?
Ditmas Park is located in Flatbush, one of Brooklyn’s most iconic neighborhoods. Park Slope and Prospect Heights are nearby.
The area used to be just plain farmland until Lewis H. Pounds, Ditmas Park’s father, came around in the late 19th century to create a country-style community. And he was very successful.
Ditmas Park feels so starkly different from the rest of Brooklyn but it’s well-connected to the rest of the city. B/Q runs straight through Ditmas Park and it will take you to Manhattan fast. Meanwhile, 2/5 and 5/G are just as accessible if you ever need them.
If you’re in the mood to take the bus, Ditmas Park is served by several bus lines. There is street parking available if you own a car or two.
What is Ditmas Park, Brooklyn real estate like?
Amazing. And I’m not exaggerating. Ditmas Park is largely residential, and the homes here are some of the most beautiful in all of Brooklyn. There’s a great diversity in options. On one hand, you have pre-war co-ops and modern condos, and on the other hand, you have magnificent Victorian mansions. In between are more modest residences such as townhomes and apartments.
Ditmas Park is named a historic district and it has quite the collection of eclectic architectural styles. Aside from Victorian architecture, you’ll also find ornate Queen Annes, handsome Colonial Revivals, and lovely Craftsman bungalows. Architectural hotspots in Ditmas Park include Westminster Road, Marlborough Road, and Rugby Road.
Why do people love Ditmas Park?
Ditmas Park is such a rare gem in New York City that once people find their homes here, they stay forever. Testament to this is the fact that Ditmas Park has a higher than average homeownership rate than the rest of the city.
It’s not just the homes that make people want to live here for the rest of their lives. It’s the community spirit as well. Most of the residents know and look out for each other. Ditmas Park is highly walkable and you can easily go shopping in any of the community’s commercial strips.
Most of all, in a world that seems to change so fast, time seems to dramatically slow down in Ditmas Park.
Let me show you some of the homes for sale in Ditmas Park. Check out my comprehensive Ditmas Park neighborhood guide to see the latest listings in the area. You can also get in touch with me, Tina Epstein, at 917.364.1070 or tina(dotted)epstein(at)compass(dotted)com.