When Ditmas Park was developed in the early 20th century, the idea was that no two houses would be the same. And so you have this astounding supply of large Victorian mansions, each unique, sharing space with other styles like Swiss chalets. Plus, relative to the rest of the overpriced borough, you get a lot more for your buck down here. Prospect Park is within walking distance, which is a great perk, and there are a few great restaurants and bars, if only a few. It’s more like small-town than big-city living, but that’s its charm—sometimes you don’t want to be right in the middle of everything, but be able to visit (via the Q train, which feels like one of the city’s most reliable lines) and then retreat.
Photo Shane Lee Lyons