One of the last converted carriage houses of the renowned Grace Court Alley in Brooklyn Heights has come on the market after 15 years.
The 25-foot-wide red brick building, built circa 1895, has been listed for $3.95 million.
The seller is interior designer Stephanie Walls-Driscoll, who purchased the building in 2004, when it was still being used as a garage and had just been separated from the main house on Remsen Street. It is one of only 15 homes on the street.
“It was the last house on that mews street to be used as a garage and not a residence,” says Walls-Driscoll, who recalls finding pieces of hay inside. “As I walked down the street, I was looking at all of those these homes with chandeliers and art on the walls.”
Walls-Driscoll renovated the building extensively, leaving the historic facade and side walls and adding a second level. Finishes include a windowed black lacquer French front door encased in stone sills imported from Cooperstown, ebony stained Brazilian cherry hardwood floors and a library with custom bookshelves outfitted with a Putnam rolling ladder.
The stone from Cooperstown, coincidentally, made the trip down to Brooklyn on a hay truck.
“A huge truck came down, piled up with bales of hay,” Walls-Driscoll says. “It was funny thinking of the horses that used to be in my garage.”
The kitchen, which overlooks a rear garden that features a Moravian tiled fountain and an iron balcony imported from Paris, comes with SubZero, Bosch and Miele appliances, as well as custom cabinets.
Walls-Driscoll lived in the two-bedroom home for several years before renting it out.
The home is listed with Josh Doyle and Nick Gavin of Compass.