New York real estate lately seems to be all about new builds, record-breaking penthouse sales, and transforming the skyline. But a new listing downtown is about owning a rare piece of the city’s housing history. A Gramercy Park carriage house built in the late 19th century, complete with a private entrance, is available for $6.35 million.
A Gem on “Block Beautiful”
Located at 78 Irving Place, the 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom abode sits on a tree-lined street often dubbed Block Beautiful. It once held sway as a freestanding structure, with the original address of 124 East 19th Street. After an extensive renovation, it is now part of a larger, adjacent building from the same era. The Irving Place address recently transformed from a 14-unit apartment building into six luxury condos. The carriage house unit is connected to the rest of the building via a glassed-in hallway traversing what was once the alley between the buildings.
For years, New Yorkers and tourists walking by have snapped photos of the charming Dutch-inspired home that once belonged to the eccentric artist “Sheriff Bob” Chanler. Its unique, brick stepped gable is still visible today, but now it has an all-new, modern interior — and we get a chance to peek inside.
As listing agent Nick Gavin of Compass tells StreetEasy, “This is a historic house. But inside it’s completely renovated: You have central AC, ethanol fireplaces, and 20-foot skylights. It’s a little jewel box.”
Inside the Carriage House Unit
Spread out over the 2,400 square feet is a private retreat with an open-plan living/dining area. There are two bedrooms and two full baths upstairs. The lower level boasts a half-bath, an office/den, and a large recreation room.
The space is architecturally stunning, and the design detail is equally impressive. There are vaulted skylights, two fireplaces, a washer and dryer, and solid oak chevron floors. The kitchen is outfitted with Gaggenau appliances and a La Cornue cooktop.
If there’s one thing that stands out — besides the insane amount of natural light — it’s the master suite. There you’ll find a custom Poliform walk-in dressing room and a huge and truly luxe bathroom. The spa-like setup includes heated marble floors, a steam shower with a big window, and a separate soaking tub.
Of course, a private home with an exclusive entrance gate is already a rarity in New York. But this property is all the more remarkable for its white-glove condominium service.
“Inventory on townhouses and carriage houses is limited, let alone one with its own staff,” says Gavin. “With this property you have all the privacy and charm of an old historic house. But you’re connected to the condo next door, so you have a 24-hour doorman, porter, super, etc. It’s definitely one of the most unique properties I’ve been able to work on.” No wonder the listing calls this Gramercy Park carriage house “amongst the rarest of offerings” ever to hit the market.
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