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A few contemporary townhouses now availble in Brooklyn and Manhattan A few contemporary townhouses now availble in Brooklyn and Manhattan
New York City is known around the world as a home for apartment dwellers, but this phenomenon is a relatively new one. About 100 years ago, Manhattan's most affluent had grand townhouses and mansions built, while multi-family dwellings were the domain of the less affluent. As time passed, though, a combination of spacious layouts, extra convenience, and savvy marketing would win the wealthiest over to a new crop of prestigious apartment buildings, thus setting a trend throughout the city. Some of the mansions were torn down, while others would be converted or landmarked.

Apartments far outnumber single-family homes in New York today, but recent months have shown a growing appetite for the latter. The global pandemic and the lockdown to contain it have shown many buyers the appeal of the space, separation, and safety a single-family home has to offer. While some are eager to take on the task of restoring historic townhomes to their former glory, others are drawn to more modern mansions designed with layouts, infrastructure, and amenities to appeal to today's buyers.

18-West-11th-Street-01 All images of 18 West 11th Street via Compass
Originally built in 1845, this historic and landmarked townhouse along the Greenwich Village Gold Coast was completely rebuilt in 1978 by celebrated American architect Hugh Hardy in a modernist style with a distinctive slanted facade. The entire home feels incredibly open and airy as every level flows from a central atrium and open staircase, topped with a skylight that bathes the space with natural light. The back of the house adds to the feeling of expansive space with a 20 foot wall of glass reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright that provides double-height ceilings, connects the interior space with the rear garden, and serves as a dramatic backdrop for entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

169-Water-Street-01 All images of 169 Water Street via Halstead
This magnificent townhouse is in mint condition and was significantly upgraded from its original plans by the architect owner. The entertaining space boasts a custom Scavolini chef's kitchen, living room with 20' ceilings, and dining area with sliding glass doors leading to a terrace with gas grill. The sunny rooftop terrace looks out on spectacular views of the Manhattan Bridge and the Lower Manhattan skyline. See floor plan and full details here.

32-East-74th-Street-01 All images of 32 East 74th Street via Compass
This iconic modernist residence designed by Williams Lescaze was completed in 1935 and commissioned by the prominent textile and WWII Distinguished Service Medal recipient Richard Kramer. The current ownership completed a gut renovation of the interiors both mechanically and cosmetically including the installation of an elevator in 2017. The home's original exterior and design have been preserved including Lescaze's stunning trademark glass brick window wall. There is an expansive use of glass windows on both facades, complemented by plenty of private outdoor space including a lower garden and roof terrace. See floor plan and full details here.

277-Greene-Avenue-01 All images of 277 Greene Avenue via Compass
Every inch of this Brooklyn townhouse has been meticulously planned and customized to provide the ultimate New York living experience. It had been constructed to Passive House standards with high-efficiency heating and cooling, superior purified air quality, and top-quality triple-paned windows which are certified to provide maximum thermal insulation as well as soundproofing. Features include 20' ceilings in the Great Room, custom kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, full-floor primary suite, full garden, and top-floor terrace. See floor plan and full details here.

22-St-Felix-Street-01 All images of 22 St. Felix Street via Compass
This sophisticated single family townhouse has everything the current buyer needs to facilitate a luxurious home/work/school environment. An Elan smart home system allows you to adjust every specification from lighting to media to security from the touch of your phone, and wall iPads on the first and second floors are available to access the system. The open-concept chef's kitchen flows seamlessly into a large living/dining area with sliding doors leading to the private back patio. See floor plan and full details here.

107-South-4th-Street-01 All images of 107 South 4th Street via The Corcoran Group
A truly distinctive modern townhouse and art studio with a large gated carport was built in 2007 by Standard Architects and then organically re-envisioned by Crawford Projects in 2015 as a glamorous 4,600-square-foot one-family home with three outdoor spaces including a terraced garden with a green wall, sizable balcony, and a huge roof deck with river and city views. Envisioned as an upside-down house so that the open kitchen and living spaces could best showcase the water and skyline views, this home has an organic layout that can be easily altered to accommodate many different lifestyles. See floor plan and full details here.

313-West-77th-Street-01 All images of 313 West 77th Street via Brown Harris Stevens
Australian design firm Dixon Projects has used walls of glass, stairs of undulating brass and steel and the finest finish materials to turn this historic Upper West Side structure into a stunning next generation home. The restoration/renovation recognizes the history of this house by preserving the fabulous terracotta front facade, original iron entry door the charming arched mansard roof detail in the top floor. Everything else is brand new, which includes the elevator, chef's kitchen, radiant heated floors, Lutron lighting, and basement wine cellar and sauna. See floor plan and full details here.

346-Van-Brunt-Street-01 All images of 346 Van Brunt Street via Elegran
Expansive townhouse in a waterfront community boasts an open-plan design, two balconies on every floor, and a stunning rooftop deck with sweeping uptown city views. A gourmet kitchen by German Kitchen Center awaits with Paul Van de Kooi cabinets, Thermador stainless steel appliances, 100-bottle wine fridge, and an open layout that embraces the living and dining rooms. Additional features include radiant floor heating, central heating and A/C throughout, high-efficiency boilers, and multiple off street parking spaces. See floor plan and full details here.

85-Calyer-Street-01 All images of 85 Calyer Street via Sotheby's International Realty
85 Calyer Street is a ground up block brick construction with high ceilings, oversized windows, dramatic staircases, and luxurious living spaces throughout the home. Features include radiant heated floors in the living space and baths, custom kitchen, sumptuous bedroom suites, and two large rooftop spaces with different vantage points of river and city views. The backyard is paved, built with a richly hued IPE wood fence, and elegantly lit for evening gatherings. See floor plan and full details here.

In a prime location on West End Avenue and West 82nd Street, this landmarked building has been meticulously researched by Morris Adjmi Architects to restore McKim, Mead & White’s original vision for its exterior and offers every possible modern luxury: multiple bedrooms with ensuite baths + powder rooms, an endless swimming pool, theatre, library, stone fireplaces, game room, roof deck, and garden. The site can be built up to an estimated 8,500 square feet maximum. The property is offered “as is,” delivered completely vacant, with first phase design plans for redevelopment. See floor plan and full details here.

347-West-19th-Street-01 347 West 19th Street via Compass
Located in prime Chelsea, this architect-ready 44-foot-wide mansion has had the facade, structure and some fireplaces restored. Approved plans include adding two floors, a rooftop infinity pool & fire pit, grand ballroom, artist studio, meditation room, two kitchens, a storage room, 7+ bedrooms, 10+ baths, and an elevator. The garden faces the back of historic St. Peter's Church to ensure privacy forever. See floor plan and full details here.

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