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554 East 18th Street, located in the landmarked district of Ditmas Park, has been completely renovated and reimagined into one of the most unique and compelling homes in the neighborhood.
Spanning over 4000 square feet on four floors, this home was creatively restored by husband/wife design enthusiasts. Inspired by the previous owner's stories of home, family and history, the current owners were moved to recreate that feeling with a modern take on that story.
Restored with the finest materials, the first floor combines elements of a Soho loft with exposed metal beams, exposed pipes and hardware, and a brick chimney (exposed on every floor with a different interesting effect) mixed with softer elements such as French white oak floors throughout, natural material light fixtures, and numerous windows letting in an abundance of light and air. The first floor's open concept makes for an excellent space to host big or small gatherings. The intimate living room has a gas fireplace for quiet conversation and a relaxed downtime. The modern kitchen has durable Titanio charcoal lacquer custom cabinets imported from Italy, porcelain countertops and a concealed pantry and refrigerator. The Dutch cooktop has four gas burners overlooking the dining area and the Wolf oven is concealed within the cabinetry. Two Fisher and Paykel dishwashers are also hidden next to the sink. The countertop to ceiling wall of windows gives the kitchen a soothing view of the and backyard landscape ) One of the most distinguishing features of the home is the atrium extension with soaring windows rarely seen in Ditmas Park
let alone the entire borough of Brooklyn. The finished basement which is the beneficiary of opulent light from the atrium bump-out offers a guest bedroom area, workout area, office, screening room, and a full bathroom.
The second floor offers the rare-to-find, four-bedroom, two-bathroom layout complete with laundry. All four bedrooms are well proportioned with several windows in each room.
The grand primary suite on the third floor is a retreat like no other. Exposed beams cross the ceiling of this spa-like oasis with a large sitting area that has a desk and built-in shelving which could double as another home gym and/or meditation area. There's a private powder room with a skylight that's neatly tucked away under the beams. The double sink is close to the open shower and bathtub area that has heated floors and another skylight. There are two walk-in closets and additional shelving which offer plenty of storage space.
This oversized lot has been relandscaped with whimsical plantings that sway in the wind and offer a relaxed, vacation feeling in your very own backyard. With two points of entry from the lower level or the kitchen, there are multiple levels of bountiful outdoor space. Next to the two-car garage is a raised bed vegetable for all of our homesteading needs. You can accommodate plenty of guests with the large driveway or, put in a pool and still park two cars.
Ditmas Park is one of the rare neighborhoods in New York City that offers detached homes with front porches, driveways and large backyards all while being around the corner to some of the best subway lines in the city. The long tree-lined streets with old-growth trees offer a refuge from the busier areas of the city. Close to Prospect Park and the Prospect Park Expressway, you can be in the middle of nature or, back in Manhattan in a matter of minutes. Several award-winning restaurants can be found on nearby Newkirk Avenue and Cortelyou Road along with organic food markets, wine stores and several cafes. This home offers a unique space with a vacation-like feel all without ever having to leave the city limits.