Friday, February 22, 2008

Ditmas is no Ditmars

You probably thought this house was in Queens, as it looks like so many we have here. It's actually in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, and is part of an historic district despite its obvious alteration. A house like this in Queens would probably go for about $600,000. But since this one is in a preserved neighborhood, it's going for $1.3 million. Smart people who want to get the highest real estate ROI lobby for landmarking.

House of the Day: 491 East 17th Street

"Altered beyond recognition" - LPC's excuse reserved exclusively for Queens!

Photo from Brownstoner


Chris Kreussling (Flatbush Gardener) said...

They're asking for $1.3M. It remains to be seen what they'll get for it. Top prices in the area have been reserved for houses without major irreversible alterations, or where someone else has already done the dirty work of restoration.

Anonymous said...

Article says the house across the street sold for $1.9M. So $1.3M is not top dollar, but it's still a hell of a lot more than one of these would go for in Queens.

Anonymous said...

Half of Queens can be landmarked if this house is an example. Archie would roll over in his grave dealing with the LMC regulations, I suspect he would take the money and buy another nearby.

Anonymous said...

1.3 mil? Wow, I'm speechless.

Anonymous said...

We recently heard that the LPC
will only be designating ONE historic district
per fiscal year.

So they're not capable of multi districting.

We already know those lazy snobbish SOBs
can't even multi task!

Anonymous said...

I suspect he would take the money and buy another nearby.

I suspect he would take the money and move to NC or FL.

The house would become a money machine for some suburban speculator.

No problem, as he would fill it with the tweeded.

Anonymous said...

Funny how the preservation community has never discussed these things with the outer boroughs.

Real funny.

Yet another reason we should overturn that law.

verdi said...

Actually annon need to be corrected.

LPC will be designating
ONE historic district PER BOROUGH
each fiscal year.

Do we hear a round of applause?

I didn't think so
considering Queens is still #4....
way down on the list in our share of landmarks
when compared to the rest of the 4 boroughs
of NYC!