Eye On Real Estate
By Lore Croghan
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Everybody in Brooklyn calls this Lady Moody's House.
She didn't live there. But the sweet little home at 27 Gravesend Neck Road, which is next door to Public School 95, is built on land that belonged to English noblewoman Lady Deborah Moody, according to the experts.
She established Gravesend in the 1600s.
The house was built either between 1659 and 1663 or thereafter, maybe as late as 1700, according to architectural history writer Montrose Morris, aka Suzanne Spellen, of Brownstoner.com.
Though it has a modern faux-stone façade, it looks like someplace special. And the sense of history is underscored by the presence of ancient Van Sicklen Cemetery and Gravesend Cemetery, which are both right across the street.
The house has never been landmarked. Previous owner Vivian Solmo opposed a designation, fearing nobody would buy it from her if it were granted protected status.
That was before she sold the property in 2005 to Anita and Justin Anderson for $610,000, city Finance Department records indicate.
How do the new owners feel about landmarking the house? We don't know. When we phoned the other day, Anita Anderson didn't wish to speak and Justin wasn't home.