Townhouse pick of the week

This historic—and seriously spacious—Brooklyn Heights carriage house is just a block from Brooklyn Bridge Park

By Alanna Schubach | July 19, 2017 - 11:59AM 

Carriage houses aren't easy to come by in NYC, and this four-bedroom, four-and-half bath in Brooklyn Heights has all the advantages you might imagine: Impressive size, garage parking, and an aura of history, visible in the millwork and fireplaces. The 1860s home also includes a landscaped roof terrace and back patio, and Brooklyn Bridge Park is steps away if you need more green space. Listed by Compass for $9.9 million, the home has also nearly doubled in price since it was last listed in 2008, likely due to an extensive renovation and the inexorable pace of the Brooklyn real estate market.  

In the entry foyer, a dramatic spiral staircase leads up to the expansive great room (see main image), illuminated by a sky light and elegant curved windows, plus a working fireplace encased in stone. Beyond the stairs is a cozy family room, off which you'll find one of the bedrooms, equipped with two closets, an en-suite bath, and access to the ground-floor patio. There's also a laundry room on this first level, with a washer and dryer. 

On the second floor, the kitchen is large enough to accommodate extra of everything: There are two Miele dishwashers, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, and a six-burner stove, not to mention a wine fridge and space to host sizable dinner parties. There's also plentiful storage, in the classic white cabinets and multiple pantries. 

Between the great room and the kitchen are two smaller bedrooms, which may suit children or serve as guest rooms or office spaces. There is also a half bath and full bath on this floor, as well as ample closet space.

The master suite has the entire top floor to itself, and features another fireplace, plus direct access to the roof deck. You'll also find a windowed dressing room and an especially luxurious en-suite bath, with double sinks, a soaking tub, and walk-in, spa-like shower. 

The roof deck, a recent addition to the home, looks like an ideal sunny retreat; the listing notes that the property is also equipped with central air and enough garage space for three cars—a coup in this part of Brooklyn, for sure. 


Alanna Schubach

Contributing writer

Contributing editor Alanna Schubach has over a decade of experience as a New York City-based freelance journalist.

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