Pretty Cobble Hill carriage house boasts history of circus zebras–and Norah Jones as neighbor

Posted On Tue, December 6, 2016 By

Posted On Tue, December 6, 2016 By In Cobble Hill, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

Though this 1830s livery stable on a picturesque Cobble Hill block offers seemingly endless charms on its own, the three-story, 4,300-square-foot home may have one of the more unique carriage house histories we’ve heard: It’s believed that between 1915 and 1920 the stable was used to house zebras when what is now the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus was in town—the building next door was used to hold the elephants. If that’s not enough distinction, the adorable carriage house belonging to singer Norah Jones—it also appeared in the Julia Roberts film “Eat, Pray, Love,”—sits directly across the street. But this particular carriage house, on the market for $5.6 million, is eclectic enough without past-life zebras or celebrity neighbors, from its expansive owners’ duplex to its cozy upper floor apartment. Two decks overlooking a gorgeous rear garden and parking at the front have already won us over, and that’s before we’ve even gone inside.

173 Pacific Street, Cool Listings, carriage house, townhouse, garden, outdoor space, cobble hill, historic homes, zebras

The renovated house is in excellent condition; beginning with a large study at the entrance to the two-bedroom owners’ duplex, great details like decorative arched windows and dozens of built-ins make for a warm welcome.

173 Pacific Street, Cool Listings, carriage house, townhouse, garden, outdoor space, cobble hill, historic homes, zebras

173 Pacific Street, Cool Listings, carriage house, townhouse, garden, outdoor space, cobble hill, historic homes, zebras

A light-filled living room and dining room are framed by original beamed and vaulted ceilings and glossy diagonal wood floors.

173 Pacific Street, Cool Listings, carriage house, townhouse, garden, outdoor space, cobble hill, historic homes, zebras

173 Pacific Street, Cool Listings, carriage house, townhouse, garden, outdoor space, cobble hill, historic homes, zebras

173 Pacific Street, Cool Listings, carriage house, townhouse, garden, outdoor space, cobble hill, historic homes, zebras

A large, lovely kitchen and dining room open onto an enchanting brick-paved garden; a deck off the apartment above offers a garden view–and ups the rental potential.

173 Pacific Street, Cool Listings, carriage house, townhouse, garden, outdoor space, cobble hill, historic homes, zebras

173 Pacific Street, Cool Listings, carriage house, townhouse, garden, outdoor space, cobble hill, historic homes, zebras

A large sunny master bedroom boasts a gorgeous floor-to-ceiling arched window. This charming chamber shares a full bath with a smaller second bedroom.

173 Pacific Street, Cool Listings, carriage house, townhouse, garden, outdoor space, cobble hill, historic homes, zebras

The spacious one-bedroom top-floor apartment has its own stone fireplace and the aforementioned private deck with a garden view.

173 Pacific Street, Cool Listings, carriage house, townhouse, garden, outdoor space, cobble hill, historic homes, zebras

The historic stable had a Romanesque front added in 1870; the stone-paved drive at the front of the home is today as convenient as it once was, though it will likely be accommodating cars rather than circus beasts.

[Listing: 173 Pacific Street by Vicki Negron for Corcoran Group]

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