carriage houses

Celebrities, Cobble Hill, Historic Homes, Recent Sales

Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, Julia Roberts, Brooklyn, Historic Home, Cobble Hill,

We knew in May that the famous Cobble Hill carriage house from the Julia Roberts movie “Eat, Pray, Love” had found a buyer at $6.25 million. But now the Daily News is reporting that this mystery buyer is Norah Jones, who purchased the historic home under an LLC. The singer is no stranger to the neighborhood; she also owns a house around the corner at 166 Amity Street, which she bought in 2009 for $4.9 million. Her new converted 1840s fire house comes complete with a magical secret garden, a glassy greenhouse, second-floor terrace, and giant exposed wood beams.

Take a tour of the unique home

Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors

165 Columbia Street, Brooklyn Heights, carriage house

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have a long history in the neighborhoods of DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights, but over the past five years the religious group has slowly retreated from the neighborhoods for a hefty profit. For a little backstory, Jehovah’s Witnesses set up a headquarters in Brooklyn Heights way back in 1909, and then went on to acquire significant real estate holdings in the area that included homes in Brooklyn and big hulking warehouses in DUMBO. They decided to start selling off real estate holdings in 2011, which brought in millions upon million of dollars. This carriage house, at 165 Columbia Heights, was sold by the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2012 for $4.1 million. And after a very significant renovation, it’s now back on the market asking $9.95 million.

See the reno

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Clinton Hill, Features, Interiors, My SQFT House Tours

anne peabody, anne peabody artist

Our ongoing series “My sqft” checks out the homes of 6sqft’s friends, family and fellow New Yorkers across all the boroughs. Our latest interior adventure brings us to Clinton Hill. Want your home to be featured here? Get in touch!

Anne Peabody is no stranger to turning the completely ordinary into something extraordinary. As an artist she creates elaborate and beautiful works with pieces of glass sized as small as a grain of rice to sheets as large as doors; as a preservationist, she’s restored many a home in both her native Kentucky and New York City (her last featured in the Wall Street Journal).

Two years ago, Anne and her husband Tony purchased a landmarked home in Clinton Hill. She had long dreamt of owning one of the neighborhood’s historic carriage houses, and when one came to the market she immediately jumped on it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in an ideal state at signing—the previous owner had 20 cats and no litter box and the floors were soaked in pee—but she knew exactly what she was getting into.

We recently visited Anne to have a look at her house before it goes under renovation this fall—a project that will entail restoring the exterior to its original late 1800s glory and the addition of an art studio and glass extension at the back of the home—and to hear why she’s always stuck so close to this particular neighborhood. Though the current space is sparse, it’s easy to see the potential that lies within.

Inside Anne and Tony’s next big project

Cobble Hill, Recent Sales

177 Pacific Street, Brooklyn carriage house, most expensive home sale in Brooklyn

You know the real estate market is getting shaken up when Brooklynites are abandoning their beloved borough for the cheaper island of Manhattan. And today’s record breaker just goes to show how hot Brooklyn is right now. The Daily News reports that the super-modernized Cobble Hill carriage house at 177 Pacific Street sold for $15.5 million, setting the record for most expensive home sale ever in the borough. The four-story, six-bedroom house takes the top spot from Truman Capote’s former home at 70 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights, which sold in 2012 for $12.5 million.

More details about this Brooklyn record breaker

Fort Greene, Historic Homes, Recent Sales

327 Vanderbilt Avenue, Fort Greene carriage house, Remsen Johnson

When we think of million dollar listings, visions of super modern or impeccably restored residences come to mind, but this Fort Greene carriage house fits into neither of those categories. In fact, it could easily serve as the backdrop for a ruin porn Instagram photo. But despite its fixer-upper status, two lucky ladies just picked up the 19th century home at 327 Vanderbilt Avenue for $2.6 million, $500k over the asking price, according to city records released today.

When the listing first hit the market this past December, Curbed noted that it wasn’t “exactly habitable at the moment,” but fortunately for the new owners, the sale came with renderings for potential overhauls. It also comes with some surprising historic remnants from its days as a horse stable.

More details, plus find out the interesting history of this carriage house

Cool Listings, Interiors, West Village 

29 Downing Street, study, carriage house, West Village

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.”

Tour the interior here

Carroll Gardens, Cool Listings, Interiors

36 strong place brooklyn, brooklyn carriage houses, carriage houses, modern homes brooklyn, brooklyn renovations

The pine plank floors, raised ceilings, and exposed ceiling beams at this Carroll Gardens carriage house are making us swoon. A recent renovation at the house, located at 36 Strong Place, has completely elevated this former stable into a beautiful three-level home. Not only is this a freestanding property—rare in this neighborhood of brownstones—it also comes with a private entryway and an expansive backyard. The rent, of course, reflects all those perks (and the fact that it comes furnished). The asking price is a hefty $12,500 a month.

See more of the interior photos here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Park Slope

426 6th Avenue, carriage house near Park Slope, pet-friendly building

Want to experience superb loft living just blocks from Prospect Park? Then you’re going to love this two-story carriage house at 426 6th Avenue. The townhouse features exposed brick walls—both original and whitewashed— hardwood floors, and lovely arched windows.

More pics inside

Clinton Hill, Cool Listings, Interiors

Clinton Hill real estate, Clinton Hill rentals, Clinton Hill Historic District, Brooklyn carriage houses, carriages houses for rent, modern carriage house, 407 Vanderbilt Avenue

Take a walk down this carriage house-lined block of Vanderbilt Avenue in the Clinton Hill Historic District, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the 19th century. And in fact, most of the historic homes haven’t changed much since then, except for number 407. Though this brick beauty blends in seamlessly with its fellow carriage houses, it was actually constructed in 2006 after receiving approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The four-story home has the look and feel of an old-time structure, but offers a modern layout and contemporary conveniences, plus it boasts 6,592 square feet of interior space and two outdoor oases.

Take a tour through the carriage house

Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

251 East 61st Street, Living Room

In one of the city’s most charming residential pockets, a turn-of-the-century townhouse with a lovely combination of historic details and modern touches has sold for $6.25 million through a listing held by the Corcoran Group.

251 East 61st Street is a four-story brick home with an exceptionally rare two-story rear carriage house.  The 5BR/3.5BA townhouse went through a recent renovation that included refinishing the hardwood floors and repainting the front facade and interior walls.

See what else this beauty has in store

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