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A brownstone condominium is the best way to enjoy the merge of classic style and modern convenience A brownstone condominium is the best way to enjoy the merge of classic style and modern convenience
Sometimes, housing options in New York City can seem highly binary. On the one hand, the past few years have seen a spate of condo construction with sweeping views, high-end finishes, top-of-the-line amenities...and utterly soulless architecture and interiors. Historic townhouses throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn can be considered an antidote to this, but such a style of living isn't for everyone.

Fortunately, a new middle ground has emerged in recent years. Old World brownstones in historic districts, if not landmarked buildings, have seen their timeless facades restored to their original glory while the interiors are converted to condos or co-ops with contemporary finishes and state-of-the-art appliances. See ten ways to have the best of all New York worlds below.
Park Slope architecture Classic brownstone buildings in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Caroll Gardens
Carroll Gardens  apartments Carroll Gardens rowhomes
50-1st-Place-1 All images of 50 1st Place via Douglas Elliman
Duplex apartment in a brownstone dating back to the 1890's boasts exposed brick, original slate floors, oversized windows, and a lush private garden off the large living room. The kitchen is outfitted with honed Carrera marble countertops, custom cabinetry, and integrated high-end appliances. The master suite boasts generous closet space and five-fixture bath with radiant heated floors. See floor plan and full details here.

Park Slope
Park Slope architecture
539-4th-Street-1 All images of 539 4th Street via Brown Harris Stevens
Top-floor home in a landmarked brownstone building boasts 11' ceilings, oversized double-hung windows, crown and baseboard moldings, and wide-plank oak flooring. Just off the south-facing living/dining room, the chef's kitchen is outfitted with natural stone countertops, bespoke cabinetry, professional-grade stainless steel appliances, and a large storage pantry. The serene, sunny master suite features a spacious walk-in closet and spa-like windowed bath. See floor plan and full details here.

701-President-Street-1 All images of 701 President Street via Garfield Realty Corp.
This thoughtfully designed apartment in an extra-wide prewar brownstone boasts an open, airy layout that would be right at home in a contemporary condominium. Features include high ceilings, oversized windows, white oak floors, in-unit washer/dryer, and spa-like bath. The open chef's kitchen is outfitted with contrasting cabinetry, waterfall peninsula with storage and built-in breakfast bar, and top-of-the-line appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

423-3rd-Street-1 All images of 423 3rd Street via Compass
On a tree-lined Park Slope street, the interiors of a historic brownstone was transformed into a collection of boutique condominiums with high ceilings, oversized windows, wide plank hardwood flooring, and exceptional proportions. The chef's kitchen is beautifully outfitted with marble countertops and backsplash, integrated custom cabinetry, and professional-grade appliances. Additional features include a bonus room, sumptuous master suite, private roof deck, and anticipated J51 tax abatement. See floor plan and full details here.

Upper West Side
Central Park West area of the Upper West Side
11-West-89th-Street-1 All images of 11 West 89th Street via Mont Sky Real Estate
Sunny apartment in a prewar brownstone is rich in historic details like 10' ceilings, crown moldings, fully functioning wood-burning fireplace, and solarium. However, contemporary updates include stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, custom-built floor-to-ceiling closets in the bedroom, and renovated travertine tile bath. The building is a short walk from Central Park, Trader Joe's, popular local restaurants and shops, and several public transportation options. See floor plan and full details here.

25-West-71st-Street-1 All images of 25 West 71st Street via Compass
Meticulously renovated duplex in a historic brownstone faces south and is rich in prewar details like soaring ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, a small solarium, bay windows, and Old World moldings. These beautifully complement contemporary touches like a Nest thermostat, Sonos sound system, updated electrical system, and sleek chef's kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and high-end finishes. A stunning staircase leads to the bedrooms, which include a master suite with wood-burning fireplace and customized bath. See floor plan and full details here.

Williamsburg sidestreet
317-South-5th-Street-1 All images of 317 South 5th Street via The Corcoran Group
This charming condo may be located in a historic brick townhouse, but it is underscored by such high-tech elements as Ultraloq fingerprint Wi-Fi doorlocks, smart phone-controlled mini split systems, and Bluetooth sound system. Interior features include triple exposures, restored original exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and generous closet space. The kitchen is outfitted with a high-end appliance package and Caesarstone countertops. See floor plan and full details here.

Clinton Hill
Clinton Hill
88-Lexington-Avenue-1 All images of 88 Lexington Avenue via MNS
Distinctive apartment in a historic Brooklyn brownstone features a loft-like layout, warm natural finishes, oversized windows, exposed brick, metal accents, and a private balcony off the large living room. The top-of-the-line kitchen is equipped with top-of-the-line appliances and high-end finishes. A 14-year J-51 tax exemption is anticipated, and residential amenities include a smartphone video intercom system, assigned private storage, and a package delivery room. See floor plan and full details here.

Bed-Stuy streetscape
453-Putnam-Avenue-1 All images of 453 Putnam Avenue via Compass
Beautifully laid out apartment in a classic Brooklyn brownstone is flooded with light from oversized windows throughout. Interiors feature modern materials, unique light fixtures, custom kitchen, video intercom, and in-unit washer/dryer. Herbert Von King Park is a short walk away, but this home has outdoor space all its own in the form of a balcony off the master suite and a private roof deck. See floor plan and full details here.

Carnegie Hill
Carnegie Hill brownstone sidestreet
23-East-81st-Street-1 All images of 23 East 81st Street via Dot Realty
Stately apartment in a top Upper East Side location is situated in a timeless limestone mansion, but boasts sleek interiors that would be at home in a new high-rise. Interiors feature high ceilings, northern and southern exposures, two wood-burning fireplaces, laundry room, and sizable bedrooms with generous closet space. Just off the living room, a large decked terrace allows for seamless indoor and outdoor entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

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