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A scene from suburbia? Hardly - it's the private backyard of a Lower East Side maisonette! (287 East Houston Street via Corcoran) A scene from suburbia? Hardly - it's the private backyard of a Lower East Side maisonette! (287 East Houston Street via Corcoran)
For some New Yorkers, the thrill of living in the big city wears off with the desire to have a yard and more space in general. But rather than surrender to the suburbs, they would be advised to look into a new class of maisonette apartments. Taken from the French term for "little house," these homes, found on the lower levels of their buildings, enjoy private outdoor space and more square footage than their neighbors above. And in certain new condos, residents can truly have everything by being allowed access to an impressive suite of amenities.

However, this type of apartment isn't for everyone. Even in the most carefully constructed new building, ground-floor units have less light and more traffic noise by default. Some people might like having their own outdoor space, but resent having everyone else in the building walk by their front door. And if you want to look out the window and see the iconic New York skyline, you've picked the wrong listing.

That being said, maisonettes have proven to be in high demand. It wasn't easy to find ten examples of this apartment type, but we've uncovered a few in highly coveted New York neighborhoods.

Gramercy Garden Getaway
120-East-29th-Street-1 All images of 120 Gramercy Hill via Prime Manhattan Lofts
Upon arriving at this apartment on the cusp of Gramercy and Kips Bay, an automated steel and glass privacy door opens to an expansive first floor with southern exposure, a large living room, media room, wine storage, wet bar, and staircase leading to the bedrooms. The state-of-the-art kitchen is outfitted with marble countertops, Gaggenau appliances, walk-in pantry, and breakfast bar. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to a beautifully landscaped dual-level backyard with a 25' water wall, raised wood slate pergola, outdoor kitchen, and speakers controlled by the home's Savant smart-home technology. See floor plan and full details here.

Modern Maisonette
154-Perry-Street-1 All images of 154 Perry Street via The Corcoran Group
In the wake of a gut renovation, improvements to this loft-like apartment include walk-in closets in the master bedroom, marble baths, in-unit washer/dryer, and recessed lighting and wide plank hardwood floors throughout. The open kitchen is now outfitted with Caesarstone countertops and a Kitchen Aid appliance package. A large private terrace wraps around the apartment and is reached from the living room and the master bedroom. See floor plan and full details here.

Rare Tribeca Rental
106-Franklin-Street-1 All images of 106 Franklin Street via Compass
Between its private landscaped garden, split stairway, impressive square footage, and open chef's kitchen, this duplex apartment could easily be mistaken for a standalone house. However, residents enjoy access to condo-quality offerings like a virtual doorman system and landscaped roof deck. Additional features include 11' ceilings, south-facing windows, and gracious master suite with walk-in closet and luxurious bath. See floor plan and full details here.

A Midtown Oasis
310-West-52nd-Street-1 All images of The Link via The Corcoran Group
In a prime location near the Theater District and Columbus Circle, this expansive duplex offers an escape from the bustle of the city through a separate entrance. Interiors feature 11'6" ceilings, open floor plan, high-end chef's kitchen, gracious master suite, and abundant closet space. Central Park is also a short walk away, but a south-facing terrace offers a private outdoor oasis right off the living room. See floor plan and full details here.

Dream Downtown Duplex
287-East-Houston-Street-1 All images of 287 East Houston Street via The Corcoran Group
Between the southern exposure, floor-to-ceiling windows, and 10' ceilings, this duplex apartment is flooded with natural light. Just off the large living/dining area and open chef's kitchen, a private terrace and landscaped backyard allow for effortless indoor and outdoor entertaining. The master suite overlooks the garden and boasts a generous walk-in closet and spa-like bath. See floor plan and full details here.

Tremendous Townhouse
60-Beach-Street-1 All images of 60 Beach Street via Douglas Elliman
Loft-like home on a cobblestoned Tribeca street is rich in natural light and historic details like soaring ceilings, arched windows, and hardwood floors. The formal dining area opens up to a large private terrace with a grilling area and outdoor television. Additional features include custom kitchen, endless storage space, spacious master suite, and lower-level home theater and children's playroom. See floor plan and full details here.

East Side Elegance
135-East-79th-Street-1 All images of 135 East 79th Street via R New York
This beautiful boutique condominium is steps from Central Park, but this duplex maisonette comes with its own outdoor escape in the form of a private garden accessed through French doors off the living/dining room. Inside, the lower level houses an elegant entrance foyer, living room with 10' ceilings, and chef's kitchen with custom cabinetry and professional-grade appliances. An impressive staircase leads to the bedrooms on the second floor, including a master suite with high ceilings, custom dressing room, fitted closets, and sumptuous, marble-clad bath. See floor plan and full details here.

Today's Townhouse
385-West-12th-Street-1 All images of 385 West 12th Street via The Modlin Group
Maisonette home in a boutique condo development offers the appearance of a traditional Village townhouse on a historic cobblestoned street. However, dwellings back in the day didn't have Nest smart home technology, high-end finishes, state-of-the-art appliances in the kitchen, laundry chute leading from the bedrooms to the laundry room, eight-zone HVAC system, and fully integrated sound/entertainment system. The oversized private garden comes with a private cabana, outdoor grill, and hot tub. See floor plan and full details here.

Masterful Maisonette
323-East-52nd-Street-1 All images of La Maison via Warburg Realty
From the floor-to-ceiling windows throughout to the high-end finishes in the baths, no detail was overlooked in this brand-new triplex. Features include high ceilings, custom lighting, state-of-the-art kitchen, chic staircase, quiet bedrooms, and north-facing master suite with private balcony, two walk-in closets, and spa-like bath. The large living/dining area opens up to a large private garden with pre-wiring for a hot tub. See floor plan and full details here.

Classic Brooklyn Condo
113-Kane-Street-1 All images of 113 Kane Street via Compass
Grand maisonette in a beautiful Brooklyn neighborhood is rich in classic details like 11' ceilings and custom casement windows. However, contemporary touches include state-of-the-art appliances in the kitchen and honed marble baths with radiant heated floors and Waterworks fixtures. On the lower level, open storage space leads to a large private terrace. See floor plan and full details here.

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