Flatbush, Brooklyn, used to be farmland. In the early 20th century, developers built sprawling late victorian and georgian (plus some ostentatious neocolonial) houses marketed to well heeled buyers seeking a “village in the city.” Within a couple of generations, though, the neighborhood was more urban, unquestionably more dangerous, and–while plenty of people called it home–much less fashionable. In the 21st century has brought new interest in the neighborhood, which has meant skyrocketing house prices and the popularity of the neighborhood name “Ditmas Park” over more old-fashioned references to Flatbush. The most impressive houses are concentrated between Marlborough and Stratford Roads south of Church Ave. They all lawns or gardens, and most have charming architectural details that the newest generation of owners work to keep in good nick. You’re lucky if your visit coincides with the FDC House Tour or the Flatbush Artists Studio Tour.