There's nothing funny about Chris Rock's historic carriage house in Clinton Hill, with its stately period details and swoon-worthy stained glass. And after a few years of renting it out (some say for as high as $15,000 per month since 2013), Rock has finally sold the property he purchased as a newly famous standup comic.
First reported by 6sqft, and according to the real estate listing with Douglas Elliman, Rock purchased the historic carriage house turned single family townhouse at 239 Waverly Avenue for $370,000 in 1994 — almost immediately after landing a gig on Saturday Night Live.
Built in 1901, the dramatic, three-story, twenty-foot wide carriage house features a flexible two/three bedroom layout plus a ground-floor two-car garage and several walk-out patios —including a decked rooftop terrace that the listing agent calls an "urban oasis" in the rapidly-gentrifying but still tree-lined Brooklyn neighborhood.
The character and charm of the original carriage house, built as part of a larger estate for successful coopers, is preserved with "pristine original details such as wood beams, metalwork, exposed brick, and soaring twelve foot ceilings," plus amazing stained glass windows. Including two jaw-dropping ones set into (seemingly original) sliding barn doors in the 23-foot-wide, entire-third-floor master suite. Which also features a wood-burning stove, skylights, and en-suite master bath with yet another beautiful stained glass panel above the soaking tub.
Digging by 6sqft on the property shows:
The unique space has been featured in media from Architectural Digest to Elle Decor. The building, according to the Landmarks report, is one of a pair of Beaux-Arts style carriage houses faced with Roman brick with limestone trim, with mansard roofs and slate shingles, designed by Escher & Evans for the horses of wealthy coopers Lowell and Henry Palmer, whose homes were nearby at 206 and 216 Clinton Avenue.
Modern amenities include a built-in barbecue on the patio from the open plan living, dining, and entertaining areas on the second floor — accessible by Chinese staircase — plus a full laundry room, central air, tons of closet and storage space, two full bathrooms and one half-bath.
The comedian is currently in Europe, doing a standup tour — Total Blackout — for the first time in almost ten years. And to rave reviews, according to The Guardian, which called it "rueful and reflective" on his recent divorce and his new life as a bachelor again at 52, a.k.a. "Rock of Ageing."
According to the New York Post, Rock was recently spotted touring two potential new pads at the Element condo tower at 555 West 59th Street.