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If you are looking for inspiration to complete your spring cleaning, why not take one of Brooklyn’s many house tours? The admission price benefits the corresponding neighborho­ods’ grassroots community organizations and you get an exclusive peek into the borough’s most interesting homes. Perhaps you’ll come away with inspiration for a few decorating tips of your own.

Some tours fit in some history, too. The first tour, of Victorian homes in Flatbush on April 28, "celebrates the exceptional architectural detail, the vibrant diversity and rich community spirit that pervades the neighborhood today," according to John Broderick of the Flatbush Development Corporation.

The homes on the house tours are carefully appointed and the gardens (such as the one behind Silk Road Antiques in the Boerum Hill House Tour on June 9) are notable, as well.

An interior of one of the homes on the Brooklyn Heights House Tour on May 11 is shown. The Heights house tour will feature an 1856 Italianate mansion house, a renovated 19th-century carriage house and a re-created 1847 floor plan among other highlights.

The tours are usually held rain or shine, but call to confirm in the case of inclement weather. Reservations are highly recommended.

Generally, interior photographs and children under 13, except for infants in front packs, are not permitted inside the homes.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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