Charming, cute, quirky, lovely: these are all words commonly used to describe well-designed Brooklyn apartments. And we’re going to use those words to talk about this one too, at 173 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. 173 Hicks is a five-story brick townhouse built in 1827, and this duplex co-op apartment occupies the garden and the first floors. (There’s also a super-special, super-huge backyard included, which we’ll get to in a bit.) The current owner has decorated well, and the apartment has more of a modern, fun vibe than a historic, stuffy one.
You get to enter the apartment through the main entrance on Hicks Street or through your private garden entrance on Love Lane–which is, yes, one of the best-named blocks in all of Brooklyn. On the garden level, there’s a galley kitchen and half bath, open living and dining area, and an area for a home office, den or third bedroom.
The current owners are using said area as a home office, and we love those built-in bookshelves. Throughout the space, there are plenty of quirky and artistic details. (Did you spot the giraffe head art piece?)
The parlor floor looks out onto the private backyard, which is huge at 1,000 square feet.
So this garden space is very nice, especially since you can use it as the entrance to your apartment. But it still looks like a lot of other private gardens throughout New York. The thing that makes this one really unique?
It comes with its own extra studio space! This is custom-designed and built and it comes with heat, A/C, electricity and Wi-Fi. (Looks like it’s currently being used as a music room.) Talk about a sweet extra perk to your backyard.
Upstairs, there are two bedrooms and full bathroom. Both bedrooms face east down onto the garden and studio. It may not be a view of the Manhattan skyline (which you can get from the building’s common roof deck anyway) but we wouldn’t mind gazing at a lovely backyard like that all day. The asking price for the whole shebang, studio space and all, is $1.75 million.
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