If you thought Brooklyn Heights only offered blocks of historic townhouses, think again: this carriage house at 6 Grace Court Alley, a private, one-block row that’s made up exclusively of 19th-century residential carriage homes. And while the exterior certainly looks historic, the interior has been opened up, modernized, and filled with light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights. After last selling in 2011 for $2.7 million, it’s now trying for a cool $10 million.
Would you ever guess this bright, open interior was once a horse stall? The renovation was done by Manhattan-based architecture firm Baxt Ingui who restored the 29-foot-wide brick facade, located off the private carriage house lane. A mahogany entrance leads into the open plan living room.
To bring light into a structure that wasn’t necessarily designed to be bright, the architects added massive skylights and folding glass doors. Those stunning doors lead outside to a private garden with a bluestone patio and gas-burning fireplace. Radiant heating means you can use the space all year long.
The kitchen was built out with custom rift oak cabinets and black granite countertops. A large island offers room for extra seating, although there’s enough space on this main floor for a big dining room table.
The second level holds three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master has its own frameless glass-enclosed shower, as well as a deep soaking tub. And there’s more outdoor space upstairs, with a private deck off the master suite. Finally, a penthouse floor–which could be used as an extra bedroom, office or den–has its own small kitchen and leads to a spacious roof deck. That’s not all, either. There’s a lower-level rec room with a bathroom and tons of storage space. The carriage house boasts a total of 4,700 square feet and comes with a private garage on top of all that.
Grace Court Alley, according to the listing, is one of the few streets left in all of New York City filled exclusively with carriage homes. (It’s also, conveniently, just a few blocks from the Borough Hall subway hub.) Every single one of the block’s charming buildings has been converted to residential use, and they are all landmarked. As the listing says, “The quiet old world charm is preserved forever.”
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Photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens
Neighborhoods : Brooklyn Heights