Actor Denis O’Hare might be known for taking roles in creepy shows like “American Horror Story” and “True Blood,” but his Fort Greene home is anything but. He bought the unique duplex at 159 Carlton Avenue, a landmarked 2,015-square-foot carriage house that was once the Feuchtwanger Stable, for just $175,000 in 1998 when he was still acting on Broadway (h/t WSJ). Over the past 19 years, his husband, interior designer Hugo Redwood, completely renovated the condo, preserving its amazing arched windows that once allowed horses and carriages to enter but creating a more open, loft-like space. And it’s now on the market for $1,595,000.
If there’s a downside to this unusual property, it’s the fact that you’re on the ground floor–and below–yet there’s no garage or garden; both are often the biggest enticements for street-level living. Otherwise, this loft-like duplex, currently set up as a two-bedroom is a gem.
The upper floor holds the 500 square-foot living and dining area with up-to-the minute open kitchen designed for creating and entertaining. A wood-burning fireplace provides warmth and the exposed brick walls, original wood beams and columns and teak hardwood floors add character and style.
Behind sliding glass pocket doors is another room–currently a media room–with an en-suite bath that could be an additional bedroom. There’s also a pantry here for storage where you need it.
Downstairs are two more “sleeping areas” (the listing contains caveats on lower-level bedrooms, advising prospective buyers to “confirm via their own architect or similar”), one with another of those cool arched windows. Both rooms good-sized with lots of closet space. In the middle of this floor is a large rec room that’s currently being used as an office and workout space. Also on this floor is a lovely laundry room with a washer/dryer, sink and counter space, plus a bathroom and a walk-in closet.
O’Hare said they put the home on the market after deciding to spend two years in France, after which time they and their son will return to another home they own in the neighborhood, as “Hugo wants to make it a really elegant showpiece.”
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Images courtesy of Corcoran Group.
Neighborhoods : Fort Greene