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Glorious Cobble Hill carriage house with storied circus connection seeks $5.6M

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The former livery stable is now a stunning house

173 Pacific Street Photos courtesy of Corcoran

It’s hardly the most expensive Brooklyn house for sale, but it just might be the most unique: the 4,300-square-foot carriage house at 173 Pacific Street between Court and Clinton streets. The former livery stable dates to the 1830s, when it housed horses for hire, but that’s hardly the most interesting animal that’s passed through its doors. It’s believed that between 1915 and 1920, the stable was used to house zebras in town with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

The stable was converted into a house sometime thereafter, and it’s an enchanting one at that. The 25-foot property is currently set up as a two-bedroom owner’s triplex with a second-floor rental. Both the triplex and rental come with wood-burning fireplaces, northern and/or southern exposures, and private outdoor space. The property is on the market for $5.6 million.

The owner’s triplex on the basement, first floor, and part of the second floor sports original beamed and vaulted ceilings, a finished basement, and a master bedroom with a huge and envy-inducing fanlight window. The house lets onto a garden with paver paths and planting beds, and an outdoor patio fan for good measure.

The one-bedroom rental up top comes with a large skylight and a deck spanning the width of the apartment. As if this all wasn’t enough, the house is directly across the street from the carriage house owned by crooner Norah Jones.