Ditmas Park: Runs from Parkside Avenue to the north, Ditmas Avenue to the south, Ocean Avenue to the east and Coney Island Avenue to the west.Lest one quibble "Oh, it's just a real estate name," they continue in the second paragraph:
- Corcoran Neighborhood Guide to Ditmas Park
... This landmarked district ...WRONG! The landmarked Ditmas Park Historic District lies only within the boundaries of Dorchester and Newkirk Avenues, and Ocean Avenue and the B/Q line. The only other landmarked area within the boundaries they describe is Prospect Park South. The rest of their "Ditmas Park" is not landmarked.
It's worse than that. They have no idea where they are.
Their descriptions conflate several neighborhoods - some landmarked, most not - and get basic information wrong. They provide the wrong school number for P.S. 139. There's this:
These homes were originally built for the likes of the Guggenheims and films stars like Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.Again, not in Ditmas Park. The Guggenheim Honeymoon Cottage is in Beverley Square West, my neighborhood. The Pickford/Fairbanks House is in Ditmas Park West.
And there's this:
Many have porches and garages and sit on wide tree-lined streets with English sounding names like Argyle and Rugby.Only the streets between Coney Island Avenue and the B/Q lines - half the area they claim to describe - carry these names, borrowed from the status of Prospect Park South. Four different neighborhoods span those streets from Parkside to Ditmas, and none of them are Ditmas Park.
The boundaries they give describe only part of greater Victorian Flatbush; they omit half the neighborhoods. Extending the southern boundary from Ditmas Avenue to Avenue H, between Coney Island Avenue Ocean Avenue lie West Midwood, Midwood Park, and Fiske Terrace. The latter two are proposed Historic Districts and are on track to become landmarked. Extending the eastern boundary to Flatbush Avenue, the Albemarle-Kenmore Terraces Historic District lies east of Prospect Park South, between Ocean and Flatbush Avenues, and South Midwood lies between Ocean and Bedford Avenues, and Foster Avenue south to Brooklyn College.
I've never had any dealings with Corcoran. We tried working with them when we were shopping for our home three years ago. They had yet to "discover" this area, and so had nothing to show us. Their reach had only extended to Windsor Terrace at that point, and we went to one open house there.
And, don't bother trying to find a house a house on their Web site. You won't find any. They only have "townhouses" ...