A small trend we’ve noticed happening in the tri-state is the conversion of outbuildings on older estates into single-family homes. Earlier this year, two converted stables went up for sale in Indian Hill; now, this former carriage house in Clifton is on the market, too. Built in 1840, the structure was originally part of a larger estate including the main house next door. Though no one knows who originally started building the structures, we do know that the estate was completed and then owned for nearly 20 years by second-generation beer baron John Moerlein and his wife. After both Moerleins passed away, the estate was subdivided into sixteen additional homesites; this structure wasn’t sold off, though, until the late 1980s.
Today, the carriage house is an eclectic single-family home that still maintains original features like exposed stone walls and wood paneling. We’re big fans, too, of the lower level kitchen (with teal cabinets and an exposed beam ceiling overhead) and the colorful exterior—a cool mix of stone, wood shakes, and original arched doorways and windows on the ground floor. Buyers looking for something different but also charming and historic should definitely keep this home on their short list.