Set in the landmarked district of Ditmas Park, 554 East 18th Street has been completely reimagined and renovated into one of the most unique and compelling properties in the neighborhood. Spanning over 4000 square feet on four floors, this home was creatively restored by husband/wife design enthusiasts, inspired by a previous owner's stories, family and history and given new life with this modern take.
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 enhancing the sense of light, air and space. The first floor's open concept makes for an excellent venue for gatherings large or small. 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 four-burner gas cooktop overlooks the dining area, while 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 backyard landscape.
Among 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 traverse the ceiling of this spa-like oasis, featuring a large sitting area with a desk and built-in shelving, which could double as another home gym and/or meditation area. A private powder room with a skylight is neatly tucked away under the beams. The double sink is close to the open shower and bathtub area with heated floors and another skylight. Two walk-in closets and additional shelving 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 is easy access to multiple levels of bountiful outdoor space. Next to the two-car garage is a raised vegetable bed for the budding homesteader. 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 just around the corner to some of the best subway lines in the city. Lined with old-growth trees, the long streets here offer a refuge from 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 are found on nearby Newkirk Avenue and Cortelyou Road, along with organic food markets, wine stores and cozy cafes. This home offers a unique space with a vacation-like feel all without ever having to leave the city limits.