411 Vanderbilt Avenue transports you back to an era of Civil War hers, oil barons and entrepreneurs. This Queen Anne-style red brick carriage house was built at the end of the 19th century—during Clinton Hill’s booming early days—and has just been beautifully restored by The Brooklyn Home Company into a 20’9” wide home with a long, private, gated driveway and dedicated parking.
Designed by one of the best architectural firms of the day, 411 and its neighbor 409 Vanderbilt housed the coachmen and horses for an estate on Clinton Avenue. Now, The Brooklyn Home Company has carefully considered and reconstructed these houses as timeless, inviting spaces.
Beneath the striking Flemish gable, step through a glass and steel door into a luminous, sunlit living room with nearly 11-foot ceilings. Turn to your left and prepare to be awed: Just next to the front door is the home’s crowning detail—the original archway, through which horse-drawn carriages once clattered. The arch has been preserved and updated with custom glass and steel windows. The living room is lined with custom built-ins and a gas fireplace with a custom mantel by Fitzhugh Karol.
The historic arches and gables are grace notes echoing throughout the house—from the curved stair edges and banister, to the interior archway that offers passage to the crisp, clean kitchen and dining room.
Viking, Bosch, Sub-Zero and LG appliances make the kitchen thoroughly modern, while exposed beams, an arched stove hood, and a second arched carriage entrance along the back wall connect the room to the home’s rich past. Swing open the doors and step into the bluestone paved patio and landscaped backyard, which leads around the side of the house to the 45-foot gated driveway complete with an 60 AMP Electric Car Charger. Adjacent to the kitchen, a powder room and laundry offer convenience.
Up the white oak stairway to the second floor, find three light-filled, well-proportioned bedrooms, one with soaring vaulted ceilings, an en suite bath and two closets—one a walk-in. There is also a second full bath on this floor.
Step up to the third floor—a warm space with peaked ceilings and exposed beams and that harken back to the days of haylofts and tack rooms. With a beautiful round window, large skylight, full bath and two closets, this room could be a lovely bedroom or a spacious family room for board games and movie nights.
Split-unit heat and air conditioning, radiant heated floors, and DVR security system bring this 140-year-old home firmly into the 21st century, with all our conveniences and comforts.411 Vanderbilt perfectly embodies the architectural and historical significance of Clinton Hill. This tree-lined, peaceful but cosmopolitan neighborhood has some of Brooklyn’s finest restaurants and shops and easy access to Ft. Greene Park, Pratt Institute, Barclays Center, the new Apple Store, and many other destinations.