Brooklyn’s bedroom community, Lefferts Gardens, and its historic district, Lefferts Manor, have an array of architecturally diverse homes. The quiet residential neighborhood of Lefferts has architecture ranging in style, including Victorian, Neo-Renaissance, Romanesque Revival, Neo-Georgian, Federal and Tudor – a far greater variety than one finds in typical brownstone Brooklyn. These two-story, three-story and four-story homes were built from 1890 to the 1920s, whereas most of the detached homes were built a bit later, towards the 1930s and 40s.
As the name of the neighborhood implies, lush greenery is an amenity of many of these Lefferts Gardens houses. Lefferts Manor, the historic district, is located along the eastern edge of Prospect Park and is full of single-family homes in a unique situation that does not allow the division into apartments. The homes between Lincoln Road and Fenimore Street, from Flatbush Avenue to Rogers Avenue, all descend from James Lefferts’ original estate; when he divided it into 600 residential lots in 1893, he established a still-existing covenant forbidding multi-family dwellings. While Lefferts Gardens is quiet, it has plenty of hangouts to complement the quaint atmosphere. Moreover, it’s all just a half-hour subway ride to downtown Manhattan on the Q train.