Here in the towns, villages and hamlets north of New York City, carriage houses are our answer to the Tribeca loft apartment, conspiring to bring open floor plans and rustic vibes to the country. Here are some of the best currently on the market in Westchester, Fairfield and the Hudson Valley:
GREENWICH | 2 Conyers Farm Drive
In 1904, U.S. Steel founder Edmund C. Converse consolidated 20 historic farms straddling the border of back country Greenwich, Connecticut and Armonk, New York, creating a grand estate for himself immersed in nearly 1,500 acres of working agricultural lands. Amidst the sprawling new construction mansions of the exclusive, gated enclave, this Arts & Crafts carriage house is an enchanting vestige of the property's past, brilliantly composed of stone, shingle and hand-hewn beams. The home's lofty interior space leads outwards to the 10 acres ripe for addition, with approved designs for a manor house and tennis court already approved by the town.
GARRISON | 65 Indian Brook Road
When dreaming of their perfect Hudson Valley escape, urbanites who arrive in droves to hike nearby Breakneck Ridge and the various other trails in the Garrison-Cold Spring corridor likely picture something near identical to this. Dating to 1840, this exquisite specimen is truly a sight to behold, with an open, free-flooring floor plan and no shortage of exposed brick to give any TriBeCa alternative a run for its money. A solarium extension, great room and studio space provide ample opportunities to live, work and play, not to mention there's a pool an spacious garage (which, unlike in TriBeCa, comes at no additional cost).
NORTH SALEM | 154 Titicus Road
As guest quarters, this antique conversion isn't the main attraction at 154 Titicus, but it's nonetheless worthy of dedicated attention in its own right. Hand-hewn beams frame open, soaring space that beautifully complements a mid-19th century Federalist on a parcel with dramatic Titicus Reservoir views. It's also perfectly poised to be utilized as a spacious artist's studio, or whatever else you might dream up.
CHAPPAQUA | 735 King Street
Flanked by rare octagonal dormers and topped with a cupola, this Chappaqua carriage house is as authentic as it is easy on the eyes. An irreplacable relic from the reign of Shingle Style, the just over 4,000 SF home is ideally-sized, with two acres of private land protecting its enchantment. An unusual opportunity for a practical and pleasantly unconventional home in convenient north-central Westchester.