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Eye on Real Estate: Viva las Victorians

March 20, 2019 Lore Croghan
Welcome to the Prospect Park South Historic District, where houses sell for solid sums. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan

I don’t have much money, but boy if I did
I’d buy a big house where we both could live.
— Elton John

Dean Alvord would be so pleased.

Victorian houses in the neighborhood he developed a century ago are worth a bundle.

Alvord was the creator of Prospect Park South.

On landmarked blocks in the area bounded by Church Avenue, Buckingham Road, Beverley Road and Stratford Road, stand-alone, century-old houses sold for as much as $3 million last year.

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Take a peek at five Prospect Park South Historic District properties that recently changed hands:

A dry goods merchant’s handsome home

The handsome house at left is recently sold 171 Marlborough Road. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
The handsome house at left is recently sold 171 Marlborough Road. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

In June, buyers paid $3.25 million for 171 Marlborough Rd., city Finance Department records show.

According to the city Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation report about the Prospect Park South Historic District, this house was designed in 1899. That makes it one of the oldest houses in the historic district.

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The architect was John E. Nitchie.

One of the early owners of 171 Marlborough Rd. was a dry goods merchant named Jessie Catterall, the designation report says.

A Marlborough Road Mediterranean house

This is 160 Marlborough Road, which recently changed hands. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
This is 160 Marlborough Road, which recently changed hands. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

In December, 160 Marlborough Rd. was sold for $2.875 million, Finance Department records indicate.

In an earlier transaction in 2010, the house changed hands for $1.1 million, the records show.

Architects Robert Bryson and Carroll H. Pratt designed the house in 1905 for a lumber dealer named Harry Moul, the designation report says.

It’s a Mediterranean-style home, which is an unusual sight in Prospect Park South.

A house Dean Alvord built

The house on the corner is recently sold 941 Albemarle Road. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
The house on the corner is recently sold 941 Albemarle Road. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

The house at 941 Albemarle Rd. sold in October for $2.475 million, Finance Department records show.

The sellers had purchased it for $1.025 million in 2004, the records indicate.

Pratt also designed this big, beautiful home, which is on the corner of Stratford Rd. He handled this assignment in 1901, the designation report says.

It was built for Alvord.

George Showers designed this one

Recently sold 169 Stratford Road is flanked by tall trees. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
Recently sold 169 Stratford Road is flanked by tall trees. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

In July, 169 Stratford Rd. sold for $2.45 million, Finance Department records say.

It was the fourth time in a dozen years that the handsome house has changed hands.

The previous sale was in 2012. The price at that time was $1.491 million, Finance Department records indicate.

The third deal closed in 2008 at a price of $1.26 million, the records show.

The fourth transaction took place in 2006. The sale price on that occasion was $1.16 million, Finance Department records indicate.

According to the Prospect Park South Historic District designation report, the architect was George Showers. He designed numerous houses in Victorian Flatbush.

The builder of the Free Colonial house was George T. Moore. It was constructed in 1906.

An editor named Thomas C. Glynn was its first owner.

A brick design by John J. Petit

This brick house is 106 Marlborough Road, which recently changed hands. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
This brick house is 106 Marlborough Road, which recently changed hands. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

In October, 106 Marlborough Rd. sold for $2.125 million, Finance Department records show.

In an earlier transaction, which closed in 2000, the house was sold in a foreclosure proceeding for $370,000, the records indicate.

It’s a brick house, which is a very unusual thing in Prospect Park South.

John. J. Petit of Kirby, Petit & Green, an important architect who did lots of work for Alvord, designed 106 Marlborough Rd. in 1908.

But in the case of this Marlborough Rd. house, Petit’s client was Edward M. Craigin of the German-American Insurance Co., the designation report says.

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