While carriage house living might evoke visions of charming but cramped quarters, this Clinton Hill specimen offers all the curb appeal with unexpected spaciousness. That’s because it’s actually two carriage houses combined into one at 375 Vanderbilt Avenue in the Clinton Hill Historic District.
The designation report doesn’t provide any construction date or architect for the property, but historic maps show that by 1880 two wood-frame carriage houses, 373 and 375 Vanderbilt Avenue, were on the lots. They stood behind two Neo-Grec brownstones facing Clinton Avenue that were designed by Robert Dixon and built circa 1878. By 1898, maps show that the two stables were now brick, likely rebuilt or remodeled into their current Romanesque Revival style. Combined into one dwelling in the 20th century, they have keystoned arches and a corbeled cornice topped with a central pediment. The circa 1940 tax photo shows the brick facade; in the later 20th century one of the arched door openings was filled in and transformed into windows.
There aren’t any surviving horse stalls here. It’s been a residence for decades, and the legal two-family house, currently in use as a three-family, has a flexible layout, a garage and three kitchens. The owner, a painter, uses part of the garage as a studio space and lives in a duplex that takes up part of the first and second floors.
The unit has some bohemian flair with high ceilings, wood floors, a wood slat ceiling and a spiral staircase. It’s got a bedroom with wooden shutters and built-ins and a bathroom with Art Deco tub and tile. Another unit on the second floor has two bedrooms and is accessed by the carriage house’s main stairway.
The listing photos only show portions of the apartments, but you can check out more of the rooms via the video tour. The video shows two more renovated kitchens; one still has its 1930s-era cupboards intact.
You can glimpse the large garden in the video as well. It has concrete pathways, planting beds and room for outdoor dining.
The listing includes a rendering showing the facade restored to its original appearance, and the listings mentions other renderings are available to show the potential for expanding the property with a third story and a two-story solarium next to the garden. Since the property is within the Clinton Hill Historic District, any alteration would need LPC approval. The property will be delivered vacant.
Listed by Kathleen Perkins of Douglas Elliman, the carriage house is on the market for $4.6 million. Worth the ask?
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