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Green space accessed from a brownstone apartment (241 Bainbridge Street via Compass) Green space accessed from a brownstone apartment (241 Bainbridge Street via Compass)
Sometimes in New York, things can feel like a trade-off - e.g., a person can live in a timeless brownstone, but must bid adieu to the dream of having a private garden. However, it's not impossible to have both. The following apartments are housed in brownstone conversions in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and all come with a private terrace for gardening or dining, if not a full backyard.

Situated in a prewar brownstone in the Mount Morris Historic District, this apartment's meticulous renovation did not come at the expense of historic details like exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and decorative fireplaces. The open-plan kitchen comes outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances. The master suite offers a cozy sitting area, luxe bath, and access to a private balcony. A video tour is available for this unit.

Duplex condo is situated in a park-facing Brooklyn brownstone, yet offers its own outdoor escape in the form of a private garden off the formal dining room. The home is reached through its own entrance, and interior features include oversized windows, loft-like atmosphere, generous proportions and storage space, decorative fireplaces, chef's kitchen, and laundry room. A virtual tour is available for this unit.

Duplex condo in a beautifully converted brownstone is rich in original prewar details, including ceilings over 10 feet high. However, modern touches include a kitchen with dishwasher, an in-unit washer/dryer, and generous storage space throughout. The flexible lower-level recreation room opens up to a spacious private garden with modern furnishings, Weber grill, outdoor fireplace, and outdoor lighting. Virtual tours are available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

84-2nd-Place-01 All images of The Leo via Compass
Parlor residence in a renovated brownstone remains rich in historic details like soaring 12' ceilings, grand proportions, and beautifully maintained hardwood floors. However, the kitchen has been updated with a built-in breakfast nook, a large center island, abundant cabinetry, and full stainless steel appliance package. A private balcony off the master suite looks out on gorgeous greenery views. A virtual tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

46-First-Place-01 All images of 46 First Place via Compass
Turn-of-the-century brownstone is currently configured as an owner's duplex with two rental units, but offers endless configuration possibilities, including being transformed into a single-family townhouse. Interiors boast 12' ceilings, a grand foyer, hand-crafted moldings, a fireplace, and a gorgeous mahogany banister. Outdoor spaces include large rear gardens, a massive patio off the kitchen, and a private terrace off the second-floor living room. See floor plan and full details here.

686-Saint-John's-Place-01 All images of 686 Saint John's Place via Douglas Elliman
Single-floor residence in a townhouse condo conversion is filled with light from triple exposures, and a private landscaped roof deck looks out on sweeping Brooklyn views. Interiors boast coffered ceilings, crown molding, white oak floors, an L-shaped living room, and an open chef's kitchen. The home has been updated with custom painting and detailing, custom closets, designer lighting, new plumbing, Roman shades, and smart home technology. Video and virtual tours are available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

1188-Bedford-Avenue-01 All images via Douglas Elliman
Beautifully situated in a brick townhouse-turned-boutique condominium, this floor-through residence boasts 9' ceilings, 5" white oak plank flooring, and high-end heating and air conditioning system. Off the living room, a U-shaped kitchen is outfitted with marble countertops and backsplash, cream-colored cabinetry, and high-end appliances. The unit opens up to a large private garden. Video tours are available upon request. See floor plan and full details here.

241-Carroll-Street-01 All images of 241 Carroll Street via FirstService Realty
Floor-through unit in a stately brownstone boasts abundant natural light through park-facing front windows in the living room and floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedroom. The state-of-the-art open chef's kitchen comes outfitted with marble countertops, custom Shaker cabinetry, and top-of-the-line appliances. The front windows are adorned with planters, and a private balcony off the master bedroom looks out on verdant vistas. Video tours are available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

309-West-118th-Street-01 All images of Brownstone Lane via The Corcoran Group
Elegant apartment is located in a development that pays homage to Harlem's historic brownstones, yet offers all the amenities of a contemporary condominium, not to mention 13 years remaining on a tax abatement. Interiors boast abundant sunlight, high beamed ceilings, open chef's kitchen, and generous closet space. A private patio can be accessed from either floor. See floor plan and full details here.

117-3rd-Place-01 All images of 117 3rd Place via Compass
Triplex apartment is located in a 19th-century Brooklyn brownstone that has been gut-renovated to luxury condos that combine historic details and contemporary chic. Interiors boast soaring ceilings, a newly relined fireplace, double-paned windows, chef's kitchen, sumptuous master suite, and flexible recreation area. All three levels lead to a private patio and backyard. See floor plan and full details here.

160-Carroll-Street-01 All images of 160 Carroll Street via Compass
Luxury condominium on a tree-lined brownstone block boasts incredible light, wide plank wood flooring, and the finest finishes and materials throughout. The expansive chef's kitchen is well outfitted with quartz countertops and backsplash, integrated custom cabinetry, a large island, and high-end appliances. Both the living room and an upper-level bedroom open up to private terraces overlooking the landscaped yard. A virtual tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

184-Lincoln-Place-01 All images of 184 Lincoln Place via Compass
Located in a townhouse conversion in the heart of Park Slope, this oversized apartment offers contemporary chic behind a beautifully restored historic facade. With its large living area, chef's kitchen, white box cellar, and oversized yard, this condo feels more like a house. All bedrooms offer generous proportions, and one opens up to the patio. See floor plan and full details here.

241-Bainbridge-Street-01 All images of 241 Bainbridge Street via Compass
Upon entering this condo conversion, one immediately notices the exposed brick details, steel columns and railings, and sleek hardwood floors. Sunny southern exposures fill the home with light, and a large private yard is ideal for enjoying it. Interiors feature a chef's island kitchen, custom windowed baths, generous closet space, and a recreation room with six windows and radiant heated floors. See floor plan and full details here.

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