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Get to know Ditmas Park

Longing for a more suburban lifestyle but can’t give up the dream of a New York City zip code? You may find a home in Ditmas Park. Quite literally, actually: A bit of an architectural outlier from Brooklyn’s pre-dominant brownstones and rowhouses, Ditmas Park is rife with historic detached, single-family homes. Replete with porches, front yards, and gabled roofs, your face may approximate the heart eyes emoji with one look. In the neighborhood’s historic district — on streets with expressive names like Rugby and Argyle — you can find Colonial Revival, Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Tudor, and Craftsman homes. With so many Victorian-style abodes, it’s no wonder the area is considered part of “Victorian Flatbush.” If you want the location without desiring the title of “homeowner,” Ditmas Park is not without its share of apartment buildings, generally found closer to the commercial hub of Cortelyou Road.

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Ditmas Park Commerce & Culture

Ditmas Park was nothing but farmland until the turn of the 20th century. It was then that the developer Lewis H. Pounds came to town and had the (genius, in hindsight) idea to build the neighborhood’s signature homes in a wide range of styles. What Pounds did not account for, however, was commerce. Despite this, Ditmas Park has become much more than a far-off residential wonderland in Central Brooklyn. Over time, a commercial district has blossomed on Cortelyou Road, where you can find a mix of bars, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants. The area is also home to some music venues and is minutes from the resplendent Kings Theatre. Subway service slices down the middle of Ditmas Park, with the Q train stopping at Beverley Road, Cortelyou Road, and Newkirk Plaza, plus bonus B train service at Newkirk.