By their very nature artists are visionaries blessed with an innate ability to create something out of nothing. Time and time again some of New York City’s most industrialized areas have seen rebirth as residential enclaves courtesy of these imaginative souls. Examples of such artist-led gentrification abound – think SoHo, Chelsea, and Williamsburg, to name a few.
So it should come as no surprise that it was two artists who came to the rescue of this former ink and brush factory located at 459 Carroll Street in Carroll Gardens and gave it new life as a practical-yet-cutting-edge home. Stripped to its core in 2006, the four-story manufacturing building built in 1888 was completely renovated into two distinct condominium residences, one of which is now on the market for $4.4 million.
The three-bedroom, three-bath, multi-level home is a sprawling 3,300 square feet of modernity. The mostly white walls are reminiscent of a blank canvas, but splashes of color and industrial touches throughout keep the space from feeling sterile.
The primary living areas are all generously sized and beautifully designed. The living room’s tall ceiling features six large skylights that drench the space in sunshine. The open kitchen’s whitewashed exposed brick contrasts nicely with its dark wood floors and ultra-long, light wood island. Stainless steel appliances, plentiful counter space, and a double bowl farmhouse sink ensure functionality goes hand-in-hand with form. The main floor also features a large media room/study and a nearly 400-square-foot gallery/office/guest suite.
Head on up to the second floor via the sculptural metal-and-wood staircase and you will not only find three large bedrooms, but access to a remarkable 900-square-foot private outdoor terrace which feels like your own little slice of suburban heaven. And befitting a home for creative types, the approximately 1,200-square-foot cellar, with its 9-foot ceilings and exposed ducts, houses a fully built-out artist studio.
All in all, this factory-turned-masterpiece is a stunning example of how a little creativity and imagination can go a long way. See more of this beautifully-designed home in our gallery below.
Photos courtesy of CORE