187-year-old house has secret passage to backyard cottage

It’s a rite of passage!

A historic townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood that connected via a hidden passageway (and a charming garden) to a quaint carriage house in its backyard has just hit the market for $7.99 million.

Curbed first reported the listing.

Built around 1830 for local merchant William Carr, the three-story Renaissance Revival landmark contains four bedrooms in the main house and one bedroom in the so-called “back house” — a delightful rarity of older New York buildings — as well as 5½ bathrooms between the two structures.

The main townhouse, located at 10 Bedford St., also boasts a roof deck, hardwood floors and woodburning fireplace.

The carriage house started its life as a smokehouse for meats and was eventually converted into a residence in the 1930s, according to the listing and the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s designation report.

The 187-year-old home is not exactly move-in ready: The main house is currently configured as two separate duplexes and the charming backyard cottage is need of a gut renovation.

Pamela D’Arc, Clayton Orrigo and Stephen Ferrara of Compass have the listing.

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