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Brownstones on the Upper West Side (CityRealty) Brownstones on the Upper West Side (CityRealty)
New York City townhouses have long been among the city's most extraordinary real estate, and are enjoying a whole new appreciation of late. The Real Deal notes that townhouses have been a driver of luxury home contracts in recent weeks; Last week alone, ten of the 11 Brooklyn homes that entered contract for $2 million or more were townhouses.

After months where whole families have been working, studying, and relaxing from one apartment, buyers are embracing the privacy, space, clearly defined rooms, and outdoor space townhouses have to offer. It is important to remember, though, that owning one is more than the sum of the width and height and outdoor area. It’s buying into a lifestyle—privacy, space, numerous bedrooms, gardens, and often landmarked historical details.
“Townhouses are the pinnacle of what a lot of people consider the very finest thing they can buy in New York City after they’ve already bought their condos with the view on a high floor,” says Dexter Guerrieri, founder, co-owner, and president of Vandenberg, Inc.—The Townhouse Experts. “At some point, they want to be near the earth, and they want to live in these historic buildings where they can control their own destiny with their own construction and their own front door. We call it the townhouse lifestyle.”
Townhouse row on the Upper East Side (CityRealty)
Townhouses are the pinnacle of what a lot of people consider the very finest thing they can buy in New York City after they’ve already bought their condos with the view on a high floor
Privacy and vertical living characterize the lifestyle. “The townhouse is really the only way to live self-sufficiently in the city,” S. Christopher Halstead, executive vice president of Halstead, told the New York Observer. “As a result, the way of life is very attractive to some buyers, and equally unattractive to others.” In other words, you’re responsible for salting your icy stoop, taking the garbage to the curb, and maintaining the boiler and HVAC. But on the other hand, you don’t need board approval for renovations, and you won’t have to worry about a downstairs neighbor complaining about how much noise you’re making.
1009 Fifth Avenue Rowhomes on the Upper East Side (CityRealty)

Townhouse Hunting

The experience of buying (or selling) a townhouse is very different from buying an apartment, starting with the process of looking at a property. “I take buyers through it in a completely different way than I would take them through an apartment,” says Guerrieri. “There are so many more spaces to cover and only the finite attention span of the typical New York buyer.”
There’s also a whole different list of items to evaluate. One of those items is width. The wider the townhouse, the more valuable. The average width of New York City townhouses is 18-20 feet. Anything below is considered narrow (and harder to resell), anything above 25 feet is called a trophy property (or a mansion). However, width in a townhouse is about more than value. The wider the townhouse, the more air and light, the better the flow between rooms. Wider, shorter rooms are easier to furnish than longer, narrow ones.
Park-SLope-593 Park Slope rowhouses (CityRealty)
The wider the townhouse, the more valuable.
Of course, there’s location location location. But even location parameters are different when looking for a townhouse. “Most difficult, and the most fundamental thing as well, is understanding values vis-à vis location,” says Guerrieri. “It's very different in a townhouse than in apartment buildings. There are apartment buildings that have wonderful amenities, but they're on a slightly inferior block, and it doesn't make such a difference. With the townhouse, what’s on the block can make a huge difference in terms of value.”
394-Madison-Street-1 Some of the ostentatious townhouses of the Upper East Side (CityRealty)

Price Considerations

What is it that makes one street more valuable than the adjacent one? When you're evaluating townhouses, says Guerrier, it depends on how they back up to the houses behind them, the houses that are beside them, and the houses across the street. The most valuable townhouses are on blocks with rows of townhouses on both sides of the street. The factors that bring the price down include a firehouse, police department, or school on the block. “The values are generally going to be less because there will be more noise and more traffic.”
So what are the hot locations in the townhouse market? That depends, says Guerrieri. If you’re on the Upper West Side, it’s in the 70s on the block between Central Park West and Columbus that has “historically the highest priced sales.” On the Upper East Side, it’s near Fifth Avenue, with the priciest block between East 70th and 71st. In Chelsea, the most valuable townhouses are found on West 21st and 22nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenue. There can be a significant difference in price from street to street. Buyers should do their research to avoid sticker shock.
One factor that can bring the price down for a townhouse on a prime street is tenants. “The best buys are townhouses that have rent-stabilized or rent-controlled tenants in them,” says Guerrieri. “You can only have a limited-sized owners unit for yourself, but then you can afford to be in the neighborhood that you perhaps wouldn't have been able to purchase in. The value has been discounted due to those rent-regulated tenants.” On the flip side, if you are looking to renovate the entire building, rent-regulated tenants can make that difficult.
702-Mac-Donough-Street-1 Park Slope (CityRealty)
For sellers, Guerrieri says that it’s a transition market with a disconnect between the way sellers and buyers appraise a property. “What sellers have continued to do is price their townhouse 15 percent higher than what the neighbor's sold for.” Buyers, however, are bidding 15 percent lower. These days, sellers are being more realistic about what can be achieved and are transitioning to more realistic expectations. There are also things a seller can do to raise the value of their property, such as putting in a garden at the front of the home. "Curb appeal really matters," says Guerrieri, but he does suggest consulting an expert first.
If you're prepared to take on the extra work of the search, not to mention the responsibility that goes into owning and maintaining your dream home once you've finally found it, CityRealty has 401 townhouse listings on the market. Some of them are veritable models of Old World New York (and priced accordingly!), while others have been designed with contemporary buyers in mind.
Townhouses in Prospect Heights (CityRealty)

New & Notable Townhouse Listings

292 West 4th Street (Sotheby's International Realty)
Located on a tree-lined block, 292 West 4th St has the very good fortune to enjoy its own lovely garden and to be situated on the prettiest and most bucolic collection of gardens in the heart of the Village. Moreover, the house boasts a unique and coveted mid-block position on W 4th St, thereby also benefiting from the vista of lush and verdant gardens belonging to the neighboring houses on West 11th and Bank. Built in 1860, this extraordinary 20 wide Italianate house has recently undergone an extensive renovation designed by Piet Boon.

219 8th Street (Compass)
This 1891 Beaux-Arts Brownstone with 3,600 total sq.ft. is teeming with charm, potential, and inherent style on a gorgeous tree-lined block close to Prospect Park. Originally a 3 family, this property boasts 2,800 sq.ft over 4 floors plus an additional 800 sq.ft cellar. The building currently serves as a two-family with two gorgeous duplex apartments.

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Impeccably renovated Brownstone located on one of the most desired Avenues - Putnam Avenue, in Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn. This legal 2 family home is currently configured as a luxurious owner's triplex over a garden rental apartment. No details were spared in the meticulous updating of this grand home, while carefully preserving most of the original details.
 
 
 
 
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This four-story French Neo-Grec brownstone built in 1887 by the esteemed Daniel B. Norris is bedecked in architectural details and dressed for the ball in velvety blues, bold prints and rich materials. The flow from one room to another was planned to enhance the original architecture while layering on modern refinement and top-end finishes; and with all new electrical and plumbing systems, including HVAC throughout, this restoration goes well below the surface. Two Minton-style mantles create focal points for each room and the inspiration for the color palette while high ceilings, intact fretwork and molding on three sets of pocket doors, original plasterwork, and parquetry floors provide an exceptional backdrop.

 
 
 
 
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Situated in the Cobble Hill Historic District, this 15-foot-wide, 2,400-square-foot townhouse masterfully combines classic charm with modern details. Old World touches include expansive proportions, soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling built-ins, classic millwork, and diagonal inlaid hardwood floors. These are beautifully paired with contemporary accents like a sleek chef's kitchen, a luxurious full-floor master suite, endless storage, central air, and in-unit washer/dryer. The south-facing garden offers a pleasant respite from the bustle of city life.

 
 
 
 
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Welcome to 1081 Dean Street, a townhouse of unparalleled luxury new to the market. With four generous floors of living space and three private outdoor spaces, this sprawling new construction offers every amenity you could imagine. The parlor floor is perfect for entertaining, leading from the living room to dining room and into the chef's kitchen, which is complete with custom cabinetry, and Gaggenau, Wolf, and Miele appliances with an abundance of storage. The crown jewel is the space at the top of this sprawling home, which is currently configured as a home gym, with two outdoor spaces, offering north and south exposures and views of Downtown Brooklyn. There is a ground-floor unit that is a perfect in-law or au pair suite, and a great option to offset your mortgage. It has one bedroom, a huge living/dining space, and a large recreation area.

 
 
 
 
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Built in 1875, this magnificent four-story townhouse is nestled in the heart of lovely Carnegie Hill, affording residents a most luxurious lifestyle amidst the calming privacy of a quiet tree-lined street. The many original details scattered throughout this wonderful single-family home such as marble fireplace mantels, pocket door with etched glass, high ceilings, period moldings and wide board floors (some with inlaid borders) will surely capture your heart. Recessed lighting, custom faux painting, an electronic security gate plus security system with smoke/flood alarms, a new roof and basement for storage top off the amenities to make this a most desirable home.

 
 
 
 
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145 Berkeley Place is a beautifully crafted and historically significant four-story, two-family brownstone with a four-bedroom owner's triplex and a one-bedroom garden unit. Throughout the home, the mechanicals, plumbing, central air conditioning, heating, and electrical have been professionally and inspected and maintained. The chef's kitchen is outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances and granite countertops, and a new spa bath features radiant heated floors and elegant fixturing. However, none of this came at the expense of historic details like soaring ceilings, original hardwood floors with mahogany inlay, beautifully carved original built-ins, and original staircase.

 
 
 
 
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Welcome home to one of the most thoughtfully and attractively fully renovated historic homes in Harlem, one block from St. Nicholas Park. A brand new renovation with every single detail in place - never before lived in- awaits only your personal belongings for the instant gratification large private home with highly desirable income potential rental apartment. The restored original stoop and original wood and leaded glass door leads to the parlor floor library with handsome restored 1900 quarter sawn oak wood paneling and intricately carved woodwork, soaring ceilings and a gracious formal entry gallery to welcome guests with style. And with three distinct outdoor spaces totaling 1180 square feet- a private garden, a grilling/entertaining deck, and a roof terrace- there is as much to love about the outdoor experience as much as the inviting interiors.

 
 
 
 
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451 West 21st Street is an elegant single-family townhouse on a tree-lined West Chelsea street, and its 4,425 interior square feet and 1,950 square feet of outdoor space make for endless configuration possibilities. A beautifully detailed arch makes for a grand entrance to an open kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, endless counter space, and a charming breakfast nook. The airy living room has a wood-burning fireplace, wide-plank hardwood flooring, and access to a terrace and private garden. The full-floor master suite boasts two wood-burning fireplaces, ceilings over 12 feet high, a large pass-through closet/dressing room, and oversized bath. The crowning glory is a landscaped roof deck with outdoor shower and spectacular views.

 
 
 
 
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147 Halsey St. is a uniquely warm and creatively designed Bed-Stuy brownstone. This majestic brownstone with its distinctive floating bay expertly blends historic original details with beautifully renovated modern finishes. The stunning owner's duplex showcases a thoughtful focus on space and style. High-end finishes complement loads of original 19th century detail. 147 Halsey Street has a new warranted roof, new water heater, fire sprinklers, new windows and a refinished facade - guaranteeing years of worry free living.

 
 
 
 
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This gorgeous barrel-front, limestone townhouse in historic Prospect Heights was originally designed in 1910 by famed architect Benjamin Driesler and underwent a full renovation in 2018 by Batliboi Studio Architects. Spanning over 4,200 square feet, on an extra long 123.5' lot, this legal two family home is currently configured as an owner's triplex and floor through garden rental. Meticulously updated for today's living, this home features a 4-zone HVAC system, new electrical, plumbing, and recessed lighting throughout. The painstaking renovation also included two new kitchens, five bathrooms and hardwood floors. Winding up the classic stoop, you enter the grand parlor level with 12' ceilings, a gracious open floor plan, historic detailing, modern finishes, an ornately carved mantelpiece, integrated Polk audio speakers, and a beautifully intricate original staircase.

 
 
 
 
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593 Jefferson Avenue is a classic 20' wide Romanesque/Renaissance Revival brownstone, featuring turn-of-the-century design details thoughtfully combined with the comfort of contemporary living. This four-floor, two-family home, is configured as an upper and lower duplex with modernized electrical and plumbing systems and central air. Designed by Langston and Dahlander, the original facade showcases decorative wreath carving, stained glass and an ornamental cornice.

 
 
 
 
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Following a two-year interior and exterior renovation, this turn key Queen Anne style townhouse on a private cul de sac boasts a masterful combination of contemporary finishes, new infrastructure, and devotion to history. The soaring ceilings, arched windows, original exposed wood beams and brick walls, and original marble mantles are underscored by high-end finishes and appliances, designer lighting, Nest thermostat, integrated security system, radiant heated baths, and in-unit washer/dryer. The townhouse comes with a private parking spot, and front and rear terraces look out on views of the East River, Carl Schurz Park, and timeless Upper East Side architecture.

 
 
 
 
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195 Congress Street was built in the Italianate style in 1872. This one-of-a-kind property consists of a statuesque four-story, 25' wide townhouse and the adjoining 25' x 100' lot with gated parking and private garden providing the combined property with over 3,500 square feet of outdoor space. The gracious front living room features a wood-burning fireplace with marble surround, 12'ceilings with restored moldings, and floor to ceiling south-facing windows which bathe the room in light. Continue out through the French doors to a large deck with steps down to a 40' landscaped garden.

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