All posts by Aisha Carter

Aisha Carter is a writer whose appreciation for real estate goes all the way back to her childhood days when her parents dragged her to their home’s constructions site on a daily basis. Coming from three generations of builders, a typical Sunday afternoon in her household involved driving through Atlanta, looking at houses, and listening to her parents talk about real estate. Dinner table talk wasn’t much different. It wasn’t long after she headed off to college before she found herself driving around to look at houses as a stress reliever. I guess we all become our parents at one point or another. When Aisha isn’t writing for 6sqft, she runs another blog that focuses on celebrity news and television reviews.

Chelsea, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors

440 West 22nd Street, Samuel Turner House, Michael Minick, Chelsea Seminary District

Okay history buffs, here’s your chance to own the elegant former home of Reverend Dr. Samuel Turner, who was one of the head professors at the nearby General Theological Seminary. He built the house at 440 West 22nd Street in 1836 to match the merchant-class residences popping up in Chelsea around this time, and he lived there until he passed away of typhoid fever in 1861.

When owner Michael Minick purchased the home in 1993, it had been subjected to years of neglect, but Minick lovingly restored it back to its Greek Revival glory, while preserving its turn of the 20th century Queen Anne exterior facelift. It’s now available for the first time in over 20 years for $17,950,000.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Upstate

908 Old Quaker Hill Road, Hudson Valley, Berkshires, Dutch colonial

We’re going to venture out to the countryside today to visit a classic Dutch Colonial home in historic Quaker Hill, a hamlet in Pawling, NY. If you’re looking for the kind of privacy that can only come from being on a 1.81-acre lot, along with easy access to the city, it doesn’t get much better than this. The four-bedroom home offers original details like hardwood floors and exposed beams, along with sprawling countryside views and a pool house. And, are you sitting down? It’s only $675,000. Boy, things sure are different outside the city.

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Boerum Hill, Cool Listings, Interiors

74 4th Avenue, FAR rights, build your own dream home, Barclays Center

Here’s an interesting opportunity at the home of Miguel’s Locks at 74 4th Avenue in Boerum Hill. The $2.75 million mixed-use building is 2,940 square feet, but has the potential to be built out to 9,942 square feet. That’s either one heck of a mansion or one great income opportunity.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, East Village, Interiors

645 East 11th Street, Amy Hixson, Own Entity, Tompkins Square Park

A model home for a model citizen…literally. This East Village pad belongs to model Amy Hixson, who has graced the pages of GQ and Victoria’s Secret, to name a few. Hixson purchased the home for $625,000 in 2010 and spent three months gut renovating the joint with the help of Own Entity designers. The interior is meant to channel the work of Roman and Williams, with handcrafted features like refinished original oak floors, reclaimed Barnwood doors, and a refurbished fireplace mantel. Now it’s back on the market, asking $899,000.

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Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors

114 Pierrepont Street, George Cornell House, Brooklyn Women's Club, Brooklyn Women Suffrage Association

Here’s an opportunity to own a piece of history in this beautiful $2.995 million parlor-floor duplex in the mansion that once housed the Brooklyn Women’s Club and the Brooklyn Woman Suffrage Association. This very building at 114 Pierrepont Street was the gathering place of visionaries like Laura Curtis Bullard, Elizabeth Tilton and Ida Sherwood Coffin, who hosted lectures on world politics and peace advocacy as well as events like card games. And the apartment is as grand as its history.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Quirky Homes, Sutton Place , Upper East Side

316 East 59th Street, Gnome Bakers, outdoor terrace, backyard

There are few things in life more charming than a gnome. We’re willing to bet Americans would take more vacations if they could just pack that little guy from Travelocity along with them. Well, we’ll do you one better. We are talking an actual gnome house. That’s right, this $14,000 rental at 316 East 59th Street was once home to Gnome Bakers, a little bakery that sold oddly shaped breads and rolls.

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Cool Listings, Downtown Brooklyn, Interiors

190 Concord Street, Vinegar Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, rear garden

Sitting on a quiet block of colorful, historic homes in Vinegar Hill (okay, Downtown Brooklyn, but minor details…) is the perfect three-bedroom townhouse for a budding family. The 100-year-old storybook home covers 1,878 square feet and features a shady landscaped backyard with more than 30 types of flowers, a stone goldfish pond, and a winding path. And it’s back on the market for $1.995 million.

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Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings, Interiors

132 State Street, Brooklyn Heights, large backyard

Here’s a $2.995 million garden duplex at 132 State Street in Brooklyn Heights with a gorgeous private backyard. The 25-foot-wide brownstone apartment features 2,275 square feet on the garden and parlor levels. And it’s almost an insult to call the 1,000-square-foot rear garden “just” a backyard. It’s actually more like an outdoor living room, but we’ll get to that later.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Tribeca

City Hall Tower, City Hall Park, David Howell, wraparound terrace and skylights

A unique two-bedroom penthouse lined with massive angled skylights is available at City Hall Tower in Tribeca, asking $2.3 million. But this premier pad is touting more then just greenhouse windows and multiple exposures. It also features a planted wraparound terrace surrounding it on three sides. So we’re not just talking about a prime location, but a prime location with a lot of outdoor space. Winning!

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Cool Listings, East Village, Interiors

633 East 11th Street, Alphabet City, wood trim, common garden

Are you sitting down? Good, because today is your lucky day. There’s a one-bedroom apartment available between Avenues B and C in the East Village, just blocks from the L train, asking only $485,000. This south-facing apartment features high ceilings, well-maintained wood finishes and full city views. Plus the quiet unit is walking distance from all the action.

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