Brooklyn Heights Serenity: 2 Grace Court, 3D

Today, we’re taking a reprieve from our usual approach of focusing on jaw-dropping homes that feel as though they’ve descended from the heavens. Instead, we’re taking a look at an apartment that will have a far broader audience due to its scale and price.  But don’t think for a moment that this is a run-of-the-mill residence; far from it.  Located in the affluent neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, Apartment 3D at 2 Grace Court is a flawless two-bedroom that offers both comfort and serenity. 

2 Grace Court sits at the eastern end of Grace Court, one of the most endearing streets in Brooklyn Heights.  The quiet cul-de-sac is anchored by the historic Grace Church at the eastern end of the block and lined with a mix of elegant rowhouses and Gothic-styled pre-war co-ops.  2 Grace Court is the largest building on this coveted street, consisting of four six-story wings, each with its own elevator bank.   

The co-op features a recessed garden courtyard at the front entrance and a common roof deck that offers stunning views of Lower Manhattan, New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.  Each building wing consists of just six apartments per floor thus allowing shareholders to enjoy a level of privacy atypical for a building of this size.

Apartment 3-D offers a sensational renovation fusing a touch of old world charm into a contemporary design scheme.  The result is a home that oozes character without clinging to the past.  The chevron-styled oak floors and the use of exposed brick offer texture. Moldings and details dating back to the original 1923 design have been removed.  While a bit unusual for an apartment of this pedigree, the updated design works beautifully.

We’re going to start with the kitchen, our favorite room in this volume of “Apartments We Love.”  Adorned with deep blue colored cabinets, this streamlined kitchen exudes a sense of cool.  Using a sleight of hand, the architect designed a space that feels open and airy despite some inherent obstacles.  The focal point is the enormous white marble slab that extends vertically from the countertop to the ceiling; upper cabinets be damned.   Integrated counter-depth appliances, including a glass door Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Wolf cooktop, offer an alternative to the bulk associated with standard appliances.  A matching marble counter, custom lighting, an eat-in counter and a full-height wine cooler complete the picture.

Step out of the kitchen into the comfort of the combination living/dining area.  While the room is modest in scale, measuring some 16×16, it gives back in warmth.  Nine-foot ceilings, the stylized oak floors and streams of light from adjoining rooms emit a calming influence over the living room.  A floor-to-ceiling cabinet fills out one wall and provides cover for the television and open display shelves for books or curios. 

Looking to the spacious corner master bedroom, there is a beautiful red brick accent wall  and two exposures with tranquil treetop views.  The edginess of the city seems miles away. The second bedroom features a similar brick accent wall as well as double exposures.  ThIs is a perfect room for a child or a home office.

The bathroom features deep blue penny-style ceramic flooring, a gracious marble shower and a handsome walnut burl vanity. The windowed rainshower is large enough to fit two.  Everything here just seems to be designer perfect. 

2 Grace Court maintains a part-time doorman and a resident manager.  Aside from the roof deck, the building offers private storage, bike storage and a laundry room.  What it offers just outside its front door is hard to duplicate.  The Brooklyn Promenade is one block to the north and Piers 5 and 6 are just across the BQE.   

Given the location, the upscale renovation and the new price point, we warmly welcome this residence to our growing list of “Apartments We Love.” 

The apartment is currently listed at $1.145 million by Peter Michael Riolo of Compass.  The residence was first introduced in August 2019 at $1.395.  For additional information, please visit Linecity.com.

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