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Not a public park, but the garden off a maisonette unit (135 East 79th Street - Compass) Not a public park, but the garden off a maisonette unit (135 East 79th Street - Compass)
As Covid vaccinations became available and New York began opening up again, some of the people who fled the city in favor of a suburban house with a yard experienced buyer's remorse with their new purchase. These buyers might have been better advised to make the switch to a maisonette apartment in the city. Taken from the French term for "little house," these homes are found on the lower levels of their buildings and can be accessed directly from the street, allowing owners to avoid the main building entrance in a time of social distancing. This type of home also tends to enjoy more square footage than the neighbors above, and is likely to have access to a private garden or patio. Finally, in the case of a new class of boutique condominiums, residents can truly have everything by having a layout similar to a private house and access to an array of building amenities and services.
While maisonettes have proven popular in recent years, this apartment type isn't necessarily 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. At a time when the effects of climate change are past ignoring, ground-floor apartments are at greatest risk of flooding and water damage. Finally, if you want to look out the window and see the iconic New York skyline, you've picked the wrong home.

425-East-78th-Street-01 425 East 78th Street, #LLE (Keller Williams)
Lenox Hill co-ops
Upper East Side co-ops
From the Listing: Located on one of the Upper East Side’s preeminent tree-lined blocks this sprawling Lenox Hill 1-bedroom, 1.5-bath duplex offer a blend of ’Townhouse Charm’ with the amenities and convenience of co-op living. Enter the sprawling garden-facing unit from either of the two interior entrances, or choose ’maisonette-style’ access through your own ’private patio entrance’. The unit’s main level features 9’ ceilings, recessed lighting, crown moulding, and a floor-through style floor plan. Enjoy private indoor/outdoor entertaining with a 160-square-foot brick-paved patio located just outside of the large living room. See floor plan and full details here.

753-East-5th-Street-01 753 East 5th Street, #1A (William Raveis New York City)
East Village co-ops
Alphabet City co-ops
From the Listing: Unit #1A is a duplex apartment featuring a private entrance, TWO private outdoor spaces, and your very own private parking. One enters the front door of the home into an open living area flanked by south and west-facing windows. The first floor features a tastefully renovated kitchen with GE appliances and a Viking range, a laundry closet, and the home’s first full bathroom. Ascend the staircase to find the home’s bright second floor, where one notices another sizable living space with a door to the additional private outdoor space. See floor plan and full details here.

350-West-53rd-Street-01 The Lumiere, #THG (Compass)
Hell's Kitchen condos
Midtown West condos
From the Listing: Presenting Townhouse G a gorgeous two-bedroom duplex maisonette within a luxury condominium with its own private patio and entrance, and its own private outdoor garden! The upper floor of the townhouse faces north and features an open kitchen with stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, garbage disposal, vented microwave and Calacutta Gold marble countertops. The lower floor is south-facing with a king-size primary bedroom, motorized shades, a double-vanity marble bathroom, featuring a Kohler Tea for Two deep soaking tub, a separate stall shower with rain head, and custom closets. Best of all, the lower level provides access to a private yard featuring a hot tub and facing the building’s Zen garden! Individual storage unit transfers with apartment. See floor plan and full details here.

131-East-39th-Street-01 131 East 39th Street, #1 (Compass)
Murray Hill co-ops
Midtown co-ops
From the Listing: Rare, pristine maisonette duplex occupying the garden and parlor floors of a four-unit townhouse cooperative. You’ll enjoy a gracious open layout for entertaining along with two large bedrooms, a convertible guest bedroom, two full bathrooms, a powder room, and large windowed office/nursery off the primary suite. The main level offers an elegant living room with a gas fireplace, a meticulously renovated chef's kitchen, a private windowed guest room/home office, and a lovely outdoor terrace. On the lower level is the serene primary bedroom suite, additional closets, a washer/dryer, and doors to a beautiful courtyard/patio complete with an outdoor kitchen, BBQ grill, and a fire pit. See floor plan and full details here.

310-West-52nd-Street-01 The Link, #TH1 (Douglas Elliman)
Hell's Kitchen condos
Midtown West condos
From the Listing: This pristine condition maisonette has only ever had one owner and was only used as a pied-a-terre, so it shows as it were brand-new. The private street entrance offers townhouse living at its best, but in a full service condominium. The open loft-like first floor has very tall ceilings with a wall of south-facing windows/doors into your very own private and planted garden. The chef's open kitchen with a center island and amazing storage is great for entertaining. The upper floor has two oversized bedrooms and a primary bedroom that can easily accommodate king-sized furniture as well as a sitting area. See floor plan and full details here.

53-Murray-Street-01 SW Tribeca Lofts, #1 (Douglas Elliman)
Tribeca condos
Tribeca apartments
From the Listing: This incredibly seclusive 3 bed, 2 guest-room/home office, 4-full bath maisonette comes with a 1,000-square-foot living/entertaining room with 22-foot high ceilings and private outdoor space for the ultimate loft-like living. Greeted by a foyer that offers expansive sunny views that blend seamlessly into a spacious dining area and kitchen equipped with extraordinary finishes; custom Boffi, Viking, and Sub-Zero appliances face the salon and wood-burning fireplace. A floor down you will find a sun-soaked mezzanine with meticulous interior detailing and ample space both vertically and horizontally. The lower level includes a media room, equipped with full laundry, dedicated mechanicals, an enormous interior room perfect for extra storage, a gym, or game room, and access to a private garden that comes with a custom irrigation system. See floor plan and full details here.

18-Leonard-Street-01 The Julliard Building, #1D (Serhant)
Tribeca condos
Tribeca lofts
From the Listing: Residence 1D offers townhouse living with its very own private entrance but with the added benefits and amenities of a full service building. Additional features include abundant light, amazing division of space- ideal for working remotely and/or virtual schooling, a private outdoor terrace and a separate balcony with BBQ grill. This smart home has Sonos surround sound, 6 heating/cooling zones, Nest System, Lutron Lighting, electric shades and radiant heated floors throughout. Other highlights include double height ceiling, oversized windows and two skylight windows, working fireplace, and an open eat-in kitchen with stainless-steel appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

41-Great-Jones-Street-01 41 Great Jones Street, #MAISONETTE (Douglas Elliman)
Noho condos
Downtown condos
From the Listing: A beautiful bespoke entrance leads this exquisite Maisonette with approximately 4,241 square feet of interior space and a 304-square-foot private garden. Spanning over 3 levels offering incredible entertaining with an open and airy layout featuring 3 bedrooms, home office plus study/gym, 4 bathrooms, and 2 powder rooms. The residence opens into a formal entryway leading to an open chef’s Boffi kitchen and large dining area that overlook the great room and private garden with a soaring 23-foot wall of windows. The floating open stairs take you to lower level with a immense great room, a full wet bar, a powder room, and direct access to a private landscaped garden with a full size Weber grill and seating area. Private storage included in sale. See floor plan and full details here.

155-East-79th-Street-01 155 East 79th Street, #MAISONETTE (Douglas Elliman)
Upper East Side condos
Carnegie Hill condos
From the Listing: This exquisitely appointed 3,234-square-foot duplex features 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and a private 968-square-foot garden with an outdoor kitchen. The main level features an expansive living/dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors that open to the private garden. The large chef’s kitchen includes Blue de Savoie marble floors and Vetro Bianco glass counters, a Pietra Cardosa limestone island, custom walnut and stainless cabinetry, Miele and Gaggenau appliances, and Dornbracht fittings. On the upper level, the generously proportioned primary bedroom overlooks the garden and includes a large dressing room contiguous to a sumptuous five-fixture bathroom. See floor plan and full details here.

135-East-79th-Street-01 135 East 79th Street, #MAISE (Compass)
Carnegie Hill condos
Upper East Side condos
From the Listing: With a spectacular private garden and entry into the apartment without the use of an elevator, Maisonette East is a one-of-a-kind home, located within one of the most luxurious, discreet and full service, amenity-rich condominiums in the city. Magnificent pre-war details and elegance paired with contemporary amenities, this five-bedroom, four-and-one-half bath, 3,709-square-foot interior space with an additional 1,022-square-foot private exterior space home is a short distance from Central Park and all of the best offerings of the Upper East Side. The elegant entrance to this home opens into the home’s foyer and is highlighted by the impressive custom and sweeping wrought-iron curved staircase. With soaring 10-foot ceilings, the central focus of the apartment is the spacious living/dining area that opens to your outdoor private planted garden sanctuary through French patio doors. See floor plan and full details here.

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