I mentioned in my Brooklyn walkabout post that many of the houses in Victorian Flatbush were in a shabby state of disrepair, and the photo of this mansion on Albemarle Road (the most prestigious road in Prospect Park South) demonstrates my point. It looks like some of the wood is warped and rotting and a lot of the paint is peeling off.
It probably costs a lot of money to make a house like that look new again.
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And this rent-control horror story from the NY Post demonstrates why you shouldn’t rent out a Victorian mansion in New York City:
For a mere $1,040 a month, Bernard Haggerty, 39, lives in the rent-controlled Flatbush mansion with five bedrooms, a den, a living room, a kitchen, a dining room and a bathroom. The home's owners would like to move in -- but are stuck instead in an apartment next door.
The Wallach family has owned this palatial home for 61 years. Back in 1941, the monthly rent was $75. In the late 1960s, landlord Lee Wallach wanted to evict tenant George Haggerty, his wife and his three sons and move in himself. But his request for owner occupancy was denied, and the Wallachs wound up living next door instead.
Haggerty's grown sons moved out, and when he and his wife passed away, his son John Haggerty gained succession rights by claiming that he had been living in the house all along. In order to inherit the right, a tenant had to have been residing in the rental for the previous two years.
The landlord believed that John Haggerty, the second-generation tenant, still lived in the enormous Brooklyn home -- but The Post learned that he too passed away.
"I'm third-generation," Bernard Haggerty said, as he walked up to the double wooden doors of his huge place.
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"The Engineer" provided me with a link to a very in-depth article about this very mansion, 1305 Albemarle Road (what a wonderfully WASPy name for a road in Brooklyn), documenting it's poor state of repair.
This link is very much worth clicking on, there are a lot of photos of this mansion, and if you scroll down to the bottom of the page there's a comment by a relative of one of the former owners who said that the owners she knew sold the house in the 1970s after several burglaries (because remember, this mansion was in the middle of what was a ghetto neighborhood in the 1970s, but which has improved somewhat since then because of gentrification of the areas around Prospect Park).