The 19th century Cobble Hill carriage house featured in the Julia Roberts movie version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat Pray Love” has just sold for $6.25 million, according to the Observer. We’re reminded of the boho-fabulous Park Slope townhouse featured in Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale,” which changed hands for its ask of $3.45 million back in 2012, so this may be a testament to how much the market has shifted since then–or one could compare indie film cred with Julia Roberts-grade mainstream appeal.
Either way, this charming 1840s former firehouse at 172 Pacific Street on a pretty, shade-dappled Cobble Hill block has cinematic qualities on its own. The home, which had been on the market for nearly a year, is unique even on this block of quaint 19th century houses.
At 25 feet wide, the house is wider than the average townhouse, though only 85 feet deep. Three open, loft-like floors avoid the tiny-room effect. The house is currently set up as a two-unit home but can easily be converted to a single family house with plenty of room for soul-searching (the main floor alone is 2,125 square feet).
Exposed wood beams, arched windows and a sun-filled greenhouse add more unique warmth, and an oversized reclaimed brick wood-burning fireplace kicks in some actual heat.
A brick patio and a terrace off the second floor (and a perennial garden) are the reason people move to Brooklyn.
The house has been completely updated with central AC and a chef’s kitchen with a huge Viking stove, and in addition to the dramatic modern staircase, there’s apparently room for an elevator!
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Neighborhoods : Cobble Hill