It’s hard to resist a classic Brooklyn townhouse — 19 Grace Court Alley was originally built in 1895 and was recently restored with the highest quality materials and attention paid to every detail. The owner, an interior designer and teacher, reimagined the historic home and took a year off work to restore the home.
This exclusive private lane (with no street parking allowed) is lined with only 15 historic homes in the heart of the Brooklyn Heights.
The 25-foot-wide dreamy red brick carriage house charms with a windowed black lacquer French front door encased in stone sills imported from Cooperstown and a working gas lamp.
The interior of the home is clad in a chic palette of black and white. Ebony stained Brazilian cherry floors are bathed in all day natural light from North and South facing exposures.
A small library with Putnam rolling ladder and custom bookshelves provide a tranquil entry moment and force one to notice the 11.5′ high ceilings that culminate in exquisite crown moldings.
A large living and dining room are perfectly divided by a centered mantel with working wood burning fireplace.
A beautiful kitchen is appointed in SubZero, Bosch and Miele appliances with cabinets handcrafted by Michael Fuelner and overlooks the garden.
The garden is enclosed by a stone wall covered with lush ivy, there is a persimmon tree overhanging a working Moravian tiled fountain, an iron balcony imported from Paris and a slate patio that is a picturesque setting for outdoor dining and lounging.
A winding stair leads to a light-filled serene master bedroom floor. This private oasis has a South facing oversized balcony opening through side by side Marvin french doors. A dressing area leading to the master bathroom is appointed with thoughtfully built custom closets. The master bath is finished in limestone features Lefroy Brooks fixtures and a deep soaking tub.
Downstairs from the main level is another large room suitable for a second bedroom, home office or den with an access door back upstairs to the garden. This home is listed for $3.95 million with the Gavin|Doyle Team of Compass.
Deidre Woollard served as the lead editor on Luxist.com for six years writing about real estate, auctions, jewelry and luxury goods. Her love for luxury real estate led her to work at realtor.com and two of the top real estate brokerages in Los Angeles as well as doing publicity for properties around the world.