17th August 2015

When a friend who lives in New York sent me the link for this property in Brooklyn Heights, which is featured on Gothamist, I knew I had to share it. From the outside, this is the kind of house that leaves me a little weak at the knees thanks to its combination of brick and black, not to mention the perfect symmetry of its façade.

This former carriage house dates from the 1860s and has been completely renovated over the past three years. Located at 165 Columbia Heights, this four bedroom property is now on the market with Sotheby’s for a cool $9,950,000.

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There’s usually one space that sells a house, right? For me, it’s this dining-kitchen. While elegant, the wide plank smoked-oak floors and understated timber table with Tolix chairs give this space a gutsier edge that suits the character of the building.

The second floor has a Great Room – it is vast – complete with a stunning stone-clad fireplace.

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The bedrooms are no less elegant. The master suite on the upper level opens onto a large planted roof terrace, which is an incredible space to have in any city far less here in Brooklyn. The focus throughout this interior is on texture and light, with just the occasional pop of colour, and the black-framed windows and doors also punctuate this neutral palette.

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The bathrooms feature heated floors with tiles and fittings from Waterworks and Ann Sacks. I like the combination of the minimal bath below with the traditionally-styled tap and hand-held shower. Again, as in the kitchen, the mix works in this context, within a historic townhouse with lots of character.

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You’ll find more photos and information on this property’s listing from Sotheby’s.

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