Landmarked Cobble Hill Carriage House, Former Zebra Crash Pad Asks $5.6 Million

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Here’s a landmarked 19th century carriage house in a prime Cobble Hill location, at 173 Pacific Street between Court and Clinton. Set back from the street, the former stable has a Romanesque Revival facade, a stone-paved front driveway, two stories and a finished cellar.

Suzanne Spellen called the house — which sits across the street from the carriage house Norah Jones is renovating —  “a little gem” when she wrote it up as a Building of the Day back in 2012. Among its points of distinction: It once housed zebras when the circus was in town, according to the listing, a claim backed up in Ellen Freudenheim’s book The Brooklyn Experience, which says the elephants used to be parked next door.

The house, which hasn’t changed hands in nearly 50 years, measures 25 feet wide and 62 feet deep, according to PropertyShark, for a total of about 3,100 square feet. The owner’s unit includes the first floor and roughly half of the second; the remainder of the upper floor is a one-bedroom rental with a small rear deck.

The house has a country-rustic feel, with its exposed ceiling beams, wood-slab interior open staircase and massive brick hearth. There are some distinctive design elements, some nicer than others. The bookshelves in the study, with their base of rough-cut wood and built-in windows, fall into the former category. The faux-stone paving that spills from the the entryway into the front room, the latter.


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The owner’s unit has two upper bedrooms that share a small bathroom located within the master; the master has the wonderful curved window that sits above the former stable entrance. The ground floor’s got the aforementioned study, a mud room, a large living room with the brick fireplace and a large bank of windows looking out onto the back yard. The kitchen’s done up with wood cabinetry and a floor of irregular stone slabs.

Listed by Corcoran broker Vicki Negron, the property can be seen at an open house this evening from 6 to 7 p.m.; there’s another open house Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.

The ask is $5.6 million; no small sum, but it’s a distinctive property in a choice location. What do you think of it?

[Listing: 173 Pacific Street | Broker: Corcoran] GMAP

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Cobble Hill at 173 Pacific Street

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Cobble Hill at 173 Pacific Street

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Cobble Hill at 173 Pacific Street

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Cobble Hill at 173 Pacific Street

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Cobble Hill at 173 Pacific Street

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Cobble Hill at 173 Pacific Street

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Cobble Hill at 173 Pacific Street

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Cobble Hill at 173 Pacific Street

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Cobble Hill at 173 Pacific Street

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Cobble Hill at 173 Pacific Street

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