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Won't You Be My Neighbor?

The Crazy-Stablish house down the block is for sale! Do you have the soul...the stomach...the half-million dollars-plus (a steal, I'm told)...to embark on a like journey and restore this gorgeous ruin?

caton575.jpg The owners, a doctor and his wife, were old-timers here when we arrived 20 years ago. I am put in mind of this morsel of P.G. Wodehouse:

"A writer, describing Blandings Castle in a magazine article, had once said: 'Tiny mosses have grown in the cavities of the stones, until, viewed near at hand, the place seems shaggy with vegetation.' It would not have been a bad description of the proprietor." 

 If interested in sensitive restoration, go here to Mary Kay, the doyenne of Victorian Flatbush real estate...or read up on Brownstoner, here...and know that I will ply you with a welcome wagon of brownies, lemonade, and empathy. If interested in knocking it down to replace it with a fat brick multistory monstrosity or a stucco'ed McMansion built out to the property line, go here...and know that the surrounding blocks virtually bristle with  preservation-minded activist types who will watch your every move and bust your every violation faster than you can say "Dumpster."

The above-linked discussion on the Brownstoner site, by the way, explains why we are still at it 20 years later. Apparently we should have had an extra $250K to $500K  lying around to finish the job, instead of an extra $25K to $50K. Aha...so that's where we went wrong!

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2006 at 07:46PM by Registered CommenterBrenda from Brooklyn | Comments1 Comment

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Hi Brenda,

Thanks for pointing out the house.My wife and I are looking for a house like this as we have experience having gut renovated ourselves the house we are just selling now.I've checked out the block a couple of times and it seems fine,but I was wondering what your feelings are generally as well as particularly traffic and noise related to the school.Thanks a lot,


ps: feel free to email me
pps: had a similiar bad kitty experience with flea stuff-my cat(then kitten) almost died and I had to race hime over to the vet-he's ok but I was furios with the manufacturer-unbeleivable!
August 4, 2006 at 04:33PM | Unregistered Commentermike

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