In a neighborhood known for its charming historic façades, our home of the day is neatly settled in a quiet alleyway lined with 19th-century-inspired mews. Meet the balance between historic and contemporary in a home designed for maximum comfort, light, and privacy, complete with its own private garage. With two cozy outdoor areas, three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and a large artist’s studio, 4 Hunts Lane is just waiting to be snapped up.
Built in 1899, a double-height entrance introduces the stunning oak and steel staircase, a motif that repeats throughout the home, creating a Philip Johnson-inspired elegance. On the main floor, the custom-designed open kitchen boasts soapstone countertops that contrast expertly with the warm wooden cabinetry and bright, sunny atmosphere, complete with pro-grade appliances. Off the kitchen sits part-office, part-guest room, with built-in furniture and a half-bath. From the dining room, a trio of doors opens into the patio, with enough space to discover an elusive green thumb.
A journey upstairs opens into the centerpiece of this renovated home: the dramatic hayloft, transformed into a chic living room. Bright light washes in from large, oversized arched windows and dances upon the exposed beams of the soaring ceilings and whitewashed brick. This room recalls the building’s horsey origins, but the modern elements and expansive treetop view invite a relaxed afternoon basking in the sunlight, teacup in hand.
A customized closet and a windowed bathroom can be found off the elegant master bedroom, which peers over the private patio below. A floor up, there are two more bedrooms with period details and built-in shelving. Windows edged with climbing vines set the exterior of this house firmly back a century. The windowed cellar level has, in addition to a true basement and a laundry room, an artist’s studio, with plenty of built-in storage for even the most avid collectors.
This home juxtaposes old and new with ease, creating a private retreat in quiet and charming Brooklyn Heights. Its incredible character balances pre- and post-war elements, turning this 19th-century carriage house into both a warm family home and an inspirational creative workspace.