Five hidden homes tucked into charming carriage and row houses

To access the adorable studio apartment within this circa 1850 "back building" at 340a West 11th Street (listed at $625,000), you need to pass through an iron gate and down a horse walk into this picture-perfect, lanscaped courtyard.


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In a city in which most of us live in apartment buildings, a home in a hidden-from-view carriage or rowhouse ups the wow-factor of one's digs considerably. Besides being super-charming, these homes tend to be unique, historic and—for those who place a premium on oeace and quiet—ultra-private. Here, five prime examples:

Small it may be, but this studio, in the above-pictured back house at “back house” at 340a West 11th Street (priced at $625,000) is beyond charming, thanks to its woodburning fireplace, medallion-wrapped chandelier, hardwood floors and views of the building’s magical private landscaped courtyard.

At 337 West 20th Street in West Chelsea, a one-bedroom, one-bath penthouse co-op (listed at $1.25 million) in the rear carriage house of the former Thomas English muffin bakery is accessed through a charming cobblestone courtyard lined with hydrangeas and features wood-beamed ceilings, French windows, and a landscaped roof garden.

This pet-friendly one-bedroom, one-bath rental within a landmarked carriage house at 3 Milligan Place (available for $4,100/month) features exposed brick walls, two decorative fireplaces, and a wall of oversized windows facing onto the buildings private courtyard.

For those who crave privacy and space, this 3,800-plus-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bath townhouse at Sniffen Court, aka 156 East 36th Street (yours for $5.9 million), fits the bill. Originally built as an engraver’s studio, the buildings served as stables during the civil war. Today, the private, gated mews houses just 10 historic homes.

If you’ve ever peered enviously through the gates of Washington Mews and fantasized what it might be like to live there, here's your chance! This two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath former carriage house at 64 Washington Mews (on the market for $23,500/month), the iconic private street between University place and Fifth Avenue, is as perfect inside as it is out thanks to two working fireplaces, four skylights, a chef’s kitchen, closets galore, and—wait for it—a parking spot on the street.