Prospect Lefferts Gardens is a small enclave in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, and is bounded by Empire Boulevard to the north, Clarkson Avenue to the south, New York Avenue to the east, and Ocean Avenue/Prospect Park to the west. This historic area has become one of Brooklyn’s most sought after neighborhoods, but has retained a unique and ethnically diverse community. Residents from nearby Park Slope and Manhattan continue to arrive, creating the emergence of new shops, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, and of course, more housing. Prospect Lefferts Gardens offers one of the best public transportation setups in central Brooklyn. The B and Q trains provide local and express service along the western part of the neighborhood, while the 2 and 5 trains go directly to downtown Brooklyn and midtown Manhattan. All four subway lines are only a couple of stops away from the Atlantic-Pacific hub, with 11 subway lines, over a dozen buses, the LIRR platforms, and the gigantic Atlantic Terminal Mall.
Situated near the southeast corner of Prospect Park, the neighborhood contains a Historic Landmark Distric called “Lefferts Manor.” As a small, early 20th century region that is set-back from the street, this historic district consists of only 2 brick and 10 limestone townhouses, yet it stands in remarkable architectural contrast to the long line of large apartment buildings which otherwise dominate Ocean Avenue. The housing stock in Prospect Lefferts Gardens offers an awesome variety of homes for sale in a wide range of sizes and architectural styles. The neighborhood’s characteristic limestone row houses are beautifully ornamented with classical moldings and engraved cartouches. The area features several free-standing homes in Romanesque revival, neo-Georgian, neo-Tudor and neo-Federal architectural styles. Most of the neighborhood’s houses were built between the 1890’s and the 1920’s, and are cherished for their outstanding construction and tasteful design. The interior Historic District is restricted to single-family homes, but two-family houses can be found but elsewhere in the neighborhood. This balance carefully preserves the character of the area, while giving prospective homeowners the option of having rental income.
Residents of Prospect Lefferts Gardens have an array of shopping and dining options on the area’s main thoroughfares of Flatbush, Nostrand, Washington, and Church Avenues. Around the park, the 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue commercial corridors of Park Slope offer dozens of gourmet dining, nightlife and boutique shopping.
The neighborhood’s proximity to Prospect Park, as well as the collection of cultural destinations surrounding Grand Army Plaza, make this area a beloved landmark for residents and home seekers. The 585-acre Prospect Park includes a 114-acre forest and a lake with a 90-acre meadow, and a recreational complex that offers athletic equipment and fields, community events, free concerts and tours, and much more. Across Flatbush Ave., the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum of Art and the main location of the Brooklyn Public Library await.
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