In June 2008 the New York Times wrote a piece called “Brooklyn’s Stately Esplanade“ describing Albermarle Road as “The grandest of all the streets in Prospect Park South”.
The visionary of the Prospect Park development was Dean Alvord who described his plan to create a “rural park within the limitations of the conventional city block and city street”. In the late 1890s, he bought a large piece of land south of Prospect Park, laying out streets for what would become his Prospect Park South development.
The 1975 “History of Prospect Park South” stated that Alvord’s goal was to create a suburb for “people of intelligence and good breeding,” (can you imagine saying that in 2021!)
Alvord created Albemarle Road as his main boulevard, with a planted strip down the middle and a dozen imposing houses, most built from 1899 to 1910. The homes were made all the more striking by his main requirement that no fences, hedges or plantings were to extend beyond the house lines, so the front gardens combine into one giving an almost rural feel in the middle of the city.
Fast forward more than a century and number 1305 Albermarle Road is for sale with Mary Kay Seery of Brown Harris Stevens. Beautifully renovated over the past three years this glorious home retains much of the grace and grandeur of a bygone age yet with all the conveniences expected in the 2020s.
To see more or contact the listing agent click here and rest assured, what you see today is simply for “people with great taste”!