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Rowhomes on the Upper East Side (CityRealty) Rowhomes on the Upper East 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. 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.”
Brownstones on the Upper West 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
Townhouse row on the Upper East Side (CityRealty)
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.

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.
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.”
Park-SLope-593 Park Slope rowhouses (CityRealty)
The wider the townhouse, the more valuable.
Townhouses in Prospect Heights (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.
394-Madison-Street-1 Some of the ostentatious townhouses of the Upper East Side (CityRealty)

New and Notable Townhouse Listings

From the Listing: 463 Quincy is a genuine ready to move in, fully renovated brownstone located in Bedford Stuyvesant. Just add your aesthetic touch to this perfect four bedroom, three full and two half bathroom, single-family townhouse with a full deck, a magnificent garden, and home office. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: 561 MacDonough was originally constructed in 1901. This newly renovated home is the perfect combination of high-end finishes, modern technology, and impeccable details, an honorable salute to its past. This townhouse is a two-family brownstone that features 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 1 powder room, a large parlor deck, and an expansive backyard garden. From American Walnut floors to original doors and exposed brick, attention to detail can be found throughout this well-appointed home. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: 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. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: 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. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: 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. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Featuring over 25'of frontage, 72 Hicks Street is a beautifully renovated single-family townhouse in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. Built circa 1826, Number 72 sits on a quiet stretch of Hicks Street, amongst some of the most historic and tranquil townhouses in all of New York City. This stunning townhome offers a rare combination of modern luxury with incredible preserved period details. It has been meticulously maintained and boasts one of the finest landscaped gardens in Brooklyn. A pond and cherry blossom tree accentuate this one of a kind oasis. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Elegance and Opulence on the Most Handsome West 80s Row, a 20-Footer, Steps from Riverside Park. On one of the most attractive, quiet, tree-lined Riverside Drive side streets, in the middle of an undisturbed row of brownstones, this 20-foot townhouse features not only a fabulous owner's duplex (potentially a triplex), but also six one-bedroom apartments with a fine balance of original details and modern amenities. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Perfectly perched on one of the city's most charming historic townhouse rows this landmark house is a jewel of Tribeca. One block from Hudson River Park, a few streets from Whole Foods, close to stops for many of the city's subway lines, a short walk to the new Disney and Google headquarters at Hudson Square. This rare property, its interior designed by Steven Harris, is in move-in condition. See floor plan and full details here.

292 West 4th Street
From the Listing: Dating back to the 1890s, this historic townhouse on a tree-lined Upper West Side brownstone block has undergone a multi-million dollar restoration and is ready for its newest owner. Featuring 4+ bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms, 3 private outdoor spaces, 8 working gas fireplaces, and a fully finished basement, this is a home that New York City dreams are made of.. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Own a piece of New York History! Located at 170 Eldridge Street, we offer an opportunity to purchase a mixed-use single-family Carriage House in a commercially zoned district. Many historical Interior details throughout the home have been preserved. Buildings like this are extremely hard to find and basically don't exist. The charm and individuality of the building come from its unusual history. In the late 1800's the building was owned by Sigmund Oppenheimer who owned the S. Oppenheimer Co. a very successful sausage casing and butcher business. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: 175 East 64th Street is ideally situated on a highly coveted tree-lined townhouse block in the heart of the Upper East Side. Noteworthy for its elegant 1899 neo-traditional red brick facade and impeccably maintained architectural character, this grandly scaled house is a superb example of classic turn of the century design. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This turn-of-the-century single-family 5,000 sq. foot townhouse comes with the rare opportunity of unused air rights, as well as today's most sought-after amenity - a private parking garage. Pull right in and enjoy the serenity and safety of 236 East 72nd Street. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Meticulously and beautifully renovated, 48 West 89th Street is a graciously proportioned 20-foot wide mansion located just off Central Park and close to the city's greatest schools and museums. This remarkable home was originally built in 1892 and has been transformed into an architectural masterpiece with unparalleled attention to detail for both daily living as well as expansive entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: A wonderful opportunity is now more attractive than ever to acquire this downtown tranquil oasis. Fully rebuilt several years ago, this landmarked 1864 townhouse on one of the best tree lined blocks in the West Village is a stunning combination of historic charm and modern craftsmanship. /i> See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Welcome to 150 Reade, a magnificent 6 story, newly renovated townhouse. Defining elegance and sophistication, 150 Reade Street features 5 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, 1 half-bathroom, an elevator, glass-railed staircases, ubiquitous Nublado marble stone flooring, terraces on almost every floor, and a finished roof deck with beautiful views of One World Trade Center, 56 Leonard, and surrounding landmarks. Equipped with a smart-home Crestron system and geothermal heating and cooling, this home has it all. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This exceptional 25 ft. residence, with a private 3 car garage, is located on one of the Upper East Side's most beautiful and tranquil blocks, on East 64th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues. The home was once owned by John Hay "Jock" Whitney, and has only been offered for sale once before in the past 100 years. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This one-of-a-kind property consists of a statuesque four-story, 25' wide townhouse with adjoining 25' x 100' lot, gated parking, and private garden. The combined property has over 3500 square feet of outdoor space. 195 Congress was built in the Italianate style in 1872. It is currently configured as a triplex over garden floor-through apartment that can easily be reunited with the triplex as the staircase is still in place. The result would create a grand single-family residence. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Distinctive, grand, versatile, and exceptional - a few words that summarize 216 Lafayette Street. Uniquely positioned on the cusp of NoHo, SoHo and Nolita, this 25'-wide and approximately 7,645 square feet building is an incredible and rare asset. The zoning and use possibilities are flexible, and the brand-new contemporary facade with oversized glass garage doors allow for use of the curb cut and street exposure. With a unique easement from Crosby Street to the West, this secondary entrance creates privacy for those seeking the best of both worlds - a prime retail storefront with a boutique secondary entrance. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Extraordinary opportunity to live in one of the best houses in all of Manhattan: 64 East 7th Street is at once classic and state-of-the-art modern thanks to an exceptional "down-to-the-studs" renovation. At 25 feet wide and 50 feet deep, this truly remarkable home offers grand proportions, superlative finishes, gracious flow, a remarkable garden, roof terrace, and an elevator that connects every floor of living space. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Located on Bank Street in historic Greenwich Village, this extensive reconstruction of an 1840s townhouse into a new, sophisticated 4,000 square foot home according to the architect, Basil Walter, responsible for this superb creation. In a remarkable feat, the architect created a stunning rooftop glass atelier, inspired by The Maison de Verre in Paris. The entire glass wall opens to the light and air of the outdoors. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: New and Rare, 25-foot wide landmarked West Village townhouse built in 1901, completely rebuilt in 2014, and recently renovated by the current owner. Six meticulous floors including a fully built out lower level, this gorgeous single-family home offers approx. 7,900 sq. ft. of living space and approx. 2,000 sq. ft. of private outdoor space. This elegant home features 5 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, plus Maids room with a full bath and 3 additional half baths. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This divine double width 34ft townhouse has the very good fortune to be ideally positioned on the corner of Charles St and West 4th St. Featuring two stoops and a classic brownstone clad facade, as well as an attached carriage house and large garden, there is no more iconic and celebrated house in the coveted environs of the West Village. Original details abound throughout and the extraordinary width of the building, coupled with the multiple exposures are pure magic. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: On one of New York's most prominent blocks in Manhattans stylish Upper East Side sits a one- of-a-kind Gem. Located on a private tree-lined street, this beautifully renovated and landmarked limestone townhouse boasts immaculate details inside and out. . See floor plan and full details here.

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