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Buy This Marlborough Road Home That Served As Community Meeting Place For A Century

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A historic landmarked home on Marlborough Road is on the market for $2.35 million, according to Brownstoner.

The 10-bedroom, 6,000 square foot single-family house at 121 Marlborough Road between Church Avenue and Albermarle Road features a brick and shingle facade, a wrap-around porch, 4.5 bathrooms, a library, renovated kitchen, and parking for two cars. And after a bit of digging, we found out that the home has served as a meeting place for local boards and arts organizations since the 1900s.

The “large rambling house” was designed in 1900 by John J. Petit, according to the Landmark Commission’s Prospect Park South Historic District designation report. Petit designed many other homes in the Prospect Park South historic district using redesigned Victorian, Colonial Revival, and Queen Ann motifs. While the lower half of the facade retains its original brick work, wrap-around porch, and nine doric columns, the house’s original wooden shingles have been replaced by synthetic shingle veneer, according to the report.

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Through the front door into the nearly 40-foot wide space, you’ll see many of the house’s original features including elaborate plasterwork columns, inlaid wood floors, carved mantles and paneling, leaded glass, and a large oval shaped dining room.

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The current owners have been living there since 1969, according to the broker, Jonathan Mellon of Stribling. In addition to a new coat of paint, Mellon notes that the roof and other mechanicals may need repairs.

The newest buyer will be the property’s fourth owner, according to Stribling. The home originally belonged to  Eugene Wendell Harter, Head of the Latin and Greek department at Erasmus High School beginning in 1896. According to Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives, the Harters hosted many social events at their Marlborough Road home throughout the 1900s, including committee meetings, piano recitals, theater performances, and Flatbush Boys Club events.

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And for a bit of historical significance, the Prospect Park South Association once held its board of directors meetings in these halls. It is where board officials first declared their support for the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company’s new Manhattan-to-Brooklyn train lines in 1911, according to Brooklyn Daily Eagle records.

Today, the asking price for 121 Marlborough Road is $2.35 million, which is on par with some other single-family homes in Prospect Park South, including the Albermarle Road home purchased by actress Michelle Williams around this time last year. Property Shark lists the projected tax bill as $9,901.36.

To see an overview of how prices have changed in Prospect Park South, check out this interactive New York Times graph, pictured below:

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(Screenshot from The New York Times “Find A Home” section)
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  1. This article reads like an advertisement rather than a newsworthy story. Would have expected it to say “Sponsored” or something, especially given the last few paragraphs on price (basically “Its never been a better time to own a home”)

  2. The price seems quite reasonable in today’s market even if it needs considerable work. The graph is quite deceptive because it’s been a long time since a house in PPS could be had for 778K

  3. May it be bought by someone who will cherish it as a house and not tear it down to build a ugly condo.

  4. It’s landmarked as historically significant, so it’s unlikely to become a condo anytime soon.

  5. Amen! And let’s hope also that that old red synagogue on Ditmas Avenue can be resold to, and rehabilitated by, someone who’s not out to build an illegal, concrete carbuncle of a structure.

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