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They had majestic residences built designed by the top architects of the time.
Recently, the editors of the magazine "This Old House" choose Victorian Flatbush as one of the most desirable areas in which to buy a Queen Anne, Tudor, or Victorian era house.
The entire article can be read online: This Old House: Best Places to Buy an Old House: Editors' Top 12 Picks
The neighborhoods of Victorian Flatbush are located in a 2.5 square mile area bounded by Prospect Park to the North, Avenue H to the South, Ocean Avenue to the East, and Coney Island Avenue to the West. Today Victorian Flatbush is a dynamic community located in the heart of Brooklyn. Each of the eleven neighborhoods is unique, with their own architectural styles and histories.
A local ABC news station interviewed the top realtor in the area about the "This Old House" magazine article in a segment called "More Bang For Your Buck" which can be seen at this link , which also contains some more views of these homes.
Victorian Flatbush has been used for many movie and TV show location shots, and one famous one was the poignant movie adaptation of the William Styron novel "Sophie's Choice," which starred Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol.
I loved one of the first lines of dialogue in the movie when the young southern writer named Stingo narrates: "Even back then cheap apartments were hard to find in Manhattan. And so began my voyage of discovery... in a place as strange as Brooklyn."
The house below is for sale! See the listing here.
It is a Grand Colonial with 15 rooms, plus a five room private office, and has Tiffany stained glass windows, all original wood detail and six fireplaces.
Isn't it exquisite? I'm sure it's full of window seats, alcoves, staircases and landings, gables and turrets, and all sorts of nooks and crannies to explore. I would just like to be able to sit on the large front porch in a wicker rocker and sip some lemonade. Truly an elegant home from a bygone era.
Even the street in front is beautiful, a wild boulevard divided by a middle mall consisting of trees, grass and flowers, and the street lights are antique in style!There is a mix of all kinds of architecture in this area, and the homes which are smaller in stature are still large and imposing compared to others usually found in New York City, and therefore they are very desirable for large families.
The house below was built in 1903 by John J. Petit, and the design is a Victorian interpretation of a Japanese temple.
The trees and shrubbery were very overgrown, so it was hard to get a photo of the whole house but its roof was shaped in a pagoda style, and you can see all the ornamental moldings and trim, and the unusual colors it is painted.
I don't live in this area -- I wish I did-- but I've been inside this lovely home, below, quite a few times, and I know it has been used as a location for many TV commercials plus a few "Law and Order" TV show tapings. It is a very well cared for and beautiful home.The following few homes are all on the same block as the house above, so as you can see they are all architecturally diverse, and very colorful!
There are many Tudor style homes and the following photos show some of the different styles.
Some more uniquely styled homes.