New York City carriage homes tend to be lovable pieces of real estate, and we’re totally swooning over this one at 29 Downing Street in the West Village (h/t Curbed). It was built in 1829 and has been owned by two artists, John Bennett and Karen Lee Grant, for the last 40 years. According to the listing, upon purchasing this building it only “had one light bulb on each level, no bathroom, and only a sprocket for water.” The owners transformed it into a truly spectacular residence and artist studio that is now asking $13 million. The listing calls it “a completely unique piece of art,” and “one of Manhattan’s certified treasures.”
The first floor, which was used by the sellers as a studio, could also double as a garage or storage space. The beautiful carriage doors open out to the charming, short stretch of Downing Street. The house is wide, at 25 feet, and also looks incredibly deep.
The top two levels of the home were converted for residential use. The exposed ceiling beams, wood floors and wooden staircase make this seem like a cabin in the middle of New York City. According to the listing, the interior has been used for a number of photo shoots for magazines and major fashion brands.
There are also cozy nooks throughout the space, like the library above. The house has three bedrooms and one bathroom on the third floor, while the living room and dining room is located on the second. $13 million is a lot of money for a house with only one bathroom!
There’s also a spacious rooftop, with a small wooden patio built around the building skylights. Right now there’s not much up there, but it’s enough space to grow your own private roof garden.
Photos courtesy Douglas Elliman
Neighborhoods : West Village