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Classic West Village details abound in this carriage house rental

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Carriage houses—properties that were built during the 19th century as horse stables—are one of the city's most coveted types of homes, thanks to their famously high ceilings and charming historical details. (Read our primer on what makes them different from other houses.) They're often hard to find, but this West Village rental is in one such converted stable, and it shows in the high ceilings and exposed brick. Listed by Citi Habitats for $5,250 per month, the unit's price is at the higher end of the neighborhood's range, but authentic New York City history never did come cheap. 

You'll enter a foyer and head into the kitchen and dining room area, where you'll find 10-foot ceilings and contemporary features in stylish contrast with exposed brick walls. The open kitchen will please gourmands with its custom cabinetry, upscale appliances, ample prep space, and wine fridge. And the separate living room, which opens onto a terrace and is illuminated by oversize windows, offers plenty of space for guests to lounge while you cook. 

The bedroom's corner position means plenty of sunlight from multiple exposures; it also overlooks the terrace and includes a sizable closet. The bathroom has been done up in dark gray and white tile, and has a walk-in shower, but no tub. 

As one would expect from a historic property, the building's exterior is eye-catching. Plus, the property's location on Downing Street—a brief two blocks between Varick and Sixth Avenue—is private and peaceful, yet still close to the subway and all the West Village has to offer.