A would-be carriage house in Carroll Gardens may be one of the more unusual rentals in the borough, comprising a studio apartment sitting on top of a garage and cellar. But its advantages may outweigh its oddity–or the oddity may be the attraction, along with the parking spot, Juliet balcony, small terrace, and cellar storage.
Located at 603 Henry Street, the building resembles an historic carriage house. It has a red brick facade and grand wooden garage doors. On the top story is a magnificent arched window with French doors and a Juliet balcony.
Department of Buildings records indicate that this is not an historic carriage house, however. It is actually an alteration of a former one-story commercial space, likely dating from the early 20th century. The makeover, designed by the architect John H. Hatheway, Jr., was filed in 2007 and signed off on in 2009.
The top floor studio is petite but appears to be light filled. It has dark wood floors and is lit by a skylight as well as windows and French doors in the front and rear. A floor plan from an old listing shows the room is approximately 17 by 15 feet.
In the front, a small arched window brings additional light to the small strip kitchen, which has wood cupboards, a stove, and refrigerator tucked below the dark stone counter.
In the rear of the unit, French doors lead to a small terrace.
The bathroom has a small glass-enclosed shower in the corner and an unusual round wood vanity, medicine cabinet and round mirror, all in dark stained wood. The wall and floor tiles are beige.
Included in the rental are a garage on the ground floor and the cellar below (although not an adjacent outdoor parking space). Perhaps the property would be useful to an artist, artisan, contractor or small-business owner who needs space for a workshop, materials and a truck, as well as a place to live.
It’s worth noting that Carroll Gardens (along with Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope) is one of the most difficult areas to find parking in the borough.
Agent Angela Ruggiero of Brooklyn Bridge Realty Ltd. will be showing it at an open house Sunday, September 15, from 11 a.m. to noon.
Located about three blocks from the F and G trains at Carroll Street, the rental is asking $3,250 a month. Worth it?
[Editor’s note: As of this morning, the broker listing says this property has been rented. Meanwhile, Wednesday, a listing for the unit from Lior Politi of
Compass appeared online, asking $3,400 a month.]
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