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Tour a Historic Brooklyn House Turned Quirky Artist Sanctuary

When artist Melanie Kozol walked into this former carriage house in Clinton Hill more than 20 years ago, it was love at first sight. The Romanesque Revival building was constructed in the late 1800s, but had since been gut-renovated and transformed into a unique two-family home by Stephen Balser, founder of the Brooklyn-based firm Art in Construction. When she spotted a "for sale" sign posted out front, her broker told her, "That house is complicated." But she wanted to tour it anyway. "I looked at the space, did not say anything to my broker, went straight home, and told my husband that I had found our house," Kozol says. "It felt absolute."

It's hard to believe this is in NYC >>