Prospect Lefferts’ “Secret is Out”3

Posted by Deirdre // 02-08-2012


Sorry for the neglect I’ve been showing this blog. Truth is, I’ve been busy promoting my husband’s film that just got into SXSW – learn more on the Pavilion facebook page! (sorry, I’m done with the plugging).

But thanks to my behind-the-scenes content provider Jason, I just saw this WSJ article on alt Brooklyn hood Prospect Lefferts. We have good friends who lived there for years before moving to Miami, so we’re familiar with the neighborhood. They lived in the Manor section, also called Prospect Lefferts Gardens, in a beautiful Limestone that was by no means cheap, but to get the same space and detail in a neighborhood like Park Slope or Cobble Hill you’d be spending upwards of $1.8 mill (not based on actual sales data).

So it’s a consideration if you’ve got the money and you’re looking for a “house,” although there are smaller spaces outside of the historic district. It does feel like a real neighborhood, and the community that our friends found was very tight-knit and almost suburban in the know-your-neighbors kind of way. Then there’s the proximity to the park and the subway access – B and Q one stop from 7th Ave.

A view down Rutland Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens

Besides the fact that the quality of elementary schools are somewhat of an unknown, an issue for me was the fact that Flatbush is your shopping street, all blaring horns and B41 buses. Although I guess that’s the case in parts of the Slope and Prospect Heights. In terms of amenities, there have been some bright spots over the years and a bunch of press, but many haven’t survived the bust. But there’s a new kids’ store and playspace with classes that just opened up, the well-regarded Maple Street School pre-school (my friends sent their kids there and they LOVED it) and relatively new charter elementary school, the Lefferts Gardens Charter School which just today I saw positive comments on by our friend Joyce Szuflita in Brooklyn Based’s email on “under the radar schools,” which I’ll post separately. Whew, that was a mouthful.

Any current or former Lefferts parents want to chime in?


2 Responses

  1. March 9th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    […] the thing is, they’ve been saying that about PLG for years, “they” being the real estate people and those who quote them in the media. […]

  2. zeeee says:
    February 8th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I’ve heard that charter is great (I read that article too) and the houses are fantastic but friends of ours who owned there said the rest of the schools aren’t great. They moved to another part of BK when it was time for the kids to start school.