$4.4M carriage house off Cobble Hill Park was a stop on the Underground Railroad

Posted On Fri, October 13, 2017 By

Posted On Fri, October 13, 2017 By In Cobble Hill, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors

This is one of the select few carriage homes that line the charming Cobble Hill Park, and now it’s up for grabs asking $4.4 million. What you’re getting is a house full of history: constructed in the 1840s through 1860, the carriage houses on this block served as homes for both the servants and horses of the wealthy homeowners along nearby Warren and Clinton streets. 20 Verandah, in particular, later served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Of course, the interior is lovely too, with original details like bricks, ceiling beams and wood-burning fireplaces maintained within the four-bedroom, two-family home.

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Here’s the charming row of homes, all set off the south end of the park. 20 Verandah is nearly 20 feet wide and has been configured into a two-family home over four floors.

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20 verandah place, carriage house, cobble hill, brooklyn, corcoran, underground railroad

20 verandah place, carriage house, cobble hill, brooklyn, corcoran, underground railroad

Because it’s a two-family home, you’re getting two of everything. Two living rooms have been set up on different floors, and they each boast a wood-burning fireplace, exposed brick and wooden ceiling beams.

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The lower floor holds a recently renovated kitchen with granite countertops, white cabinets and glass-tile backsplash. The space was upgraded with stainless steel Whirlpool appliances.

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The lower level apartment holds one bedroom, while the upper level apartments hold three bedrooms. Most of the upper floor rooms overlook Cobble Hill Park. An alternative floorplan suggests that a full floor could be dedicated to a master suite, if this was converted to a single-family home.

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The garden level rec room has direct access to the yard through a sliding glass door. (This space could also be used as a fifth bedroom.) It’s got a walk-in closet, plus several other storage spaces, a full bathroom and laundry.

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20 verandah place, carriage house, cobble hill, brooklyn, corcoran, underground railroad

There’s also access to the backyard from the kitchen, which leads out to the deck. The space is perfect for an outdoor dinner party, and leads right down to the garden below.

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For more outdoor space, Cobble Hill Park is right across the street. The history of this park is interesting, too: in 1965, the newly formed Cobble Hill Association lobbied the city to turn the site of a former church into what has become a lush, beloved neighborhood green space.

[Listing: 20 Verandah Place by the Nielsen Sadownick Team for Corcoran]

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  • 6SJ7

    Beautiful home in one of NYC’s most beautiful neighborhoods. I noticed in the photos that at least one of the nearby carriage homes has a garage. An extreme rarity for Brooklyn Heights probably making it more valuable than the other homes on the block. Property taxes $13,592/year.

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