Location: Prospect Park South, Brooklyn
Back in 1979, the Landmarks Preservation Commission described the Prospect Park South Historic District as “a quiet and refreshing turn-of-the-century enclave” within Flatbush. Today, that description remains very much accurate: The suburblike area is filled with rows of Colonial Revival, neo-Georgian, and Tudor Revival homes, each (for the most part) boasting neat lawns, plenty of shrubs, and a long driveway. 197 Rugby Road, between Beverley and Albemarle Roads, follows suit. But lest you forget you’re in the city, the Q train at Beverley Road is just a two-minute walk away.
Specs: 6 beds, 3 baths, 4,812 square feet, 0.14 acres
This landmark Colonial Revival home, designed in 1906 by architects Slee & Bryson, is full of elegant details, from the original Doric columns on the front stone porch to the stained-glass windows, coffered ceilings, and built-in shelving inside. A large foyer opens to a fireplace and an even larger living room, while a renovated kitchen, dining room, and breakfast nook sit toward the back. A wood-paneled staircase leads to three bedrooms on the second floor and three more in the attic. There’s also a finished-basement recreation area and an ample backyard with two seating areas.