Elegant Converted Carriage House

Few people need a place to store a horse-drawn carriage these days, but carriage houses are far from obsolete. These charming outbuildings -- often designed to match the architecture of their adjacent main houses -- are now ideal candidates for conversion to guesthouses, garages or even single-family homes. For a prime example, we turn to this lovely residence near the coast of Massachusetts.

Location: Manchester, Mass.
Listed By: Devlyn Brackett of By the Sea Sotheby's International Realty
Price: $3,950,000

Built in 1900 as part of Boston businessman Charles Stedman's estate, this former carriage house was completely renovated and expanded over the course of three years, ending in 1998. The current owners left several original features intact, including the staircase at the back of the house and two barn-like doors dividing the living room and the television room. Other design elements -- from the vaulted ceilings to the wide-plank wood floors -- were carefully selected to complement the structure's original architecture.

Even the poolhouse looks like a miniature version of the main house, creating a cohesive feel throughout the picturesque 2.45-acre estate. See for yourself by browsing the photo gallery below.

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