House of the Day: 21-22 Grace Court Alley

This historic carriage house at 21-22 Grace Court Alley in Brooklyn Heights, built in 1994, according to the listing, is just too adorable. The inside seems nice enough, although the vibe seems a tad disconnected from Brooklyn. It looks like a split-level condo in Palm Beach, Aspen or possibly Santa Fe in there. What would you do with this $3,500,000 space if it were yours?
21-22 Grace Court Alley [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark

8 Comment

  • I guess since it was constructed in the last century (1994) it qualifies as “historic”?

  • too much money and too little taste or too much taste and too little money?

  • A little back story from the architect:

    Sold for $3M 3 years ago. Pretty unique property. And newish or not, it has a wonderful scale/appearance that blends well with the rest of the block.

    • Yes I like the house too (was just joking about its age and whether it’s “historic”). Current interior design isn’t my taste but that can be changed. I’ve always thought this version of Stella’s design worked better than the bigger, original version on Joralemon Street.

    • It didn’t really sell for $3mm 2 years ago — the couple that owned it got divorced and so the husband “sold it” to the wife. No doubt at a crazy high value to avoid capital gains tax when she sells it.

  • This is a perfectly charming little house designed to fit in its surroundings.
    Only other architects -who feel they should have gotten the job- do not like the way this turned out.

  • The vibe seems to be almost totally in the furnishings, and the will be gone unless one buys it furnished. Exceptions to this are the recessed lighting and generic kitchen, but both are very common in Brooklyn brownstone renovations. I’d want to change some light fixtures, definitely the kitchen one, but that is true for me in most homes. The stairway bannister is traditional, not modern. The only modern thing that would be harder to change is the modern fireplace – one could add something to its face to make it less stark though I’m not sure this would work well with its structure. Most would just leave it as it, as it will blend well with the mid-century modern furniture the younger folk are buying for brownstones now.