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1009 Fifth Avenue Rowhomes on the Upper East Side (CityRealty)
Townhouses in New York City may be among the most extraordinary real estate in the city, but 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 landmark 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.
Brownstones on the Upper West 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 825 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

This six-story homage to Manhattan's Gilded Age was inspired by the leading architect of the day, McKim, Mead & White, and designed with a Neo-Classical limestone facade, gated garden forecourt, and generously scaled rooms. The townhouse has recently undergone a masterful renovation that kept such turn-of-the-century details as intricate moldings, inlaid hardwood flooring, sweeping staircase, large casement windows, wrought iron and brass balustrade, marble fireplaces, and a drawing room framed by Ionic columns. Modern touches include a state-of-the-art chef's kitchen, large laundry room, central air conditioning, motorized window treatments, and Crestron smart home system. The mansion is located just off Fifth Avenue near Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 
 
 
 
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Situated on a premier block of the Upper East Side’s Gold Coast between Fifth and Madison Avenues, this palatial 22-foot wide townhome is the tallest townhome on the block, towering above all the others around it. Built circa 1904 by architects Schwartz and Gross (renown for building The Mark and The Surrey hotels), 10 East 76th Street offers a sublime sanctuary zoned for residential or, residential with professional space on the Garden Floor. This majestic beaux-art home is fully built to the building lot and features an expansive roof terrace structurally designed to sustain a reflecting pool, a side terrace on the Garden Floor, soaring ceilings and fantastic light.

 
 
 
 
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107 East 61st Street, boasting both a 40-foot saltwater lap-pool and curb cut with a two-car garage, this home is one of few townhouses in Lenox Hill & the Upper East Side that includes both these rare-to-find amenities. Located just steps off Park Avenue the property spans over 10,000 square feet, spread over 7 floors of entertaining, living and outside spaces. The home is currently configured with 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, and 2 powder rooms.

 
 
 
 
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The historic Pfizer Mansion at 280 Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill was finished in 1887. This 10,000 square foot, block-through property, with 7 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 3 half-baths, an elevator, and private parking leaves nothing to be desired. This is the creme de la creme of city living – 21st century luxury with a historic past, and the perfect amenities to match. At your request, a tour of this property can be arranged, for buyers, with notice. I look forward to showing you a property that is truly one in a New York million.

 
 
 
 
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This tasteful townhouse, located on a beautiful tree-lined street in the heart of Bed-Stuy. 422 Chauncey was built in 1899 and has been meticulously restored. This Pre-War Townhouse is a 20 ft wide, 3-story, legal 3-family home that features 5 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, a large parlor deck, and an expansive backyard garden. It graciously combines historic architecture and charming detail with high-end modern finishes.

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