Ditmas Park, located in the Flatbush area of south Brooklyn, is a hidden gem that more and more New Yorkers are starting to discover. The neighborhood, south of Park Slope and east of Kensington, is bordered by Dorchester Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Newkirk Avenue and East 16th Street. The tree-lined streets and abundance of single-family homes create a suburban environment conveniently located within New York City. Ditmas Park is serviced by the B and Q subway lines, as well as several local and express MTA buses.
The neighborhood gets its name from the Ban Ditmarsen family, who owned the land in the late 17th century. The area, formerly farmland, remained rural until the early 20th century, when it was transformed into a residential community. The luxury homes, built by developer Lewis H. Pounds, feature various architectural flourishes to show that each was custom-built and unique. The predominant style is Colonial Revival, with some Queen Annes and Crafts bungalows scattered about. Some of the most breathtaking mansions are located on the stretch of Albemarle Road between Marlborough and Stratford Roads.
Ditmas Park is home to the Ditmas Park Association, founded in 1908 and said to be one of the oldest homeowner associations in the country. Following Ditmas Park’s designation as an historic district by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1981, several families purchased many of the larger homes in the area. Recent years have seen an influx of young people and artists hoping to find large spaces for relatively cheap rents. The median sales price for homes in this up-and-coming area is $842,000, up 38.1% over last year. One bedroom apartments can be rented starting around $1,100, while two bedrooms apartments typically start around $1,500-2,000.
Cortelyou Road is considered the main strip of Ditmas Park and contains many of the neighborhood’s shops, restaurants, and groceries. Popular spots for dining include Mimi’s Hummus, The Farm on Adderley, and the Oxcart Tavern. For local, sustainable groceries, the Flatbush Food Coop is convenient and open to members and non-members alike. You can enjoy a glass of wine in the open-air garden at The Castello Plan, or pick a custom bouquet at the flowershop/bar hybrid Sycamore. The recently renovated Kings Theatre features concerts and theatrical performances in its restored auditorium, which retains its palatial appearance from the 1920s movie theater that was previously housed there.
Let me know if you’re interested in moving to Ditmas Park – I’m happy to help you find a home in this burgeoning neighborhood.