the Victorian homes of Flatbush
our friend Janet took a tour of some of the cool Victorian houses in the Flatbush/South Prospect/Ditmas Park area of Brooklyn last week and sent us these great photos and notes…
“Most houses were built between 1900 – 1910, it had been farm land before that and was planned by two developers, who built the majority of the houses. Many families have restored the homes to their natural beauty with lots of detail. Victorian, Arts and Craft and Victorian Gothic – just incredible! The tour offered about 30 houses open to the public, with a tour guide. I had an opportunity to speak to some of the owners, many of whom had bought their homes in the 70’s and 80’s for $50,000 – $80,000″
– more info from Janet… “the company that organizes the
tour is called The Flatbush Development Corp. There are several neighborhoods that were part of this tour even though it was probably a 20 block square radius. Ditmas was the family that owned the farmland in the 1800’s.
– the Gothamist dug up some cool links and info on the area.
– and we’ve even heard from readers… Gwin, who lived in one of the houses and filled us in that it was used as the main exterior for the movie “Sophie’s Choice.” and we also heard from Ari who grew up there and his grandfather helped build the house!