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Patio of 43 Garden Place in Brooklyn Heights (Sotheby's) Patio of 43 Garden Place in Brooklyn Heights (Sotheby's)
In a fortunate piece of timing, temperatures in New York are expected to rise starting on Saturday, March 20, which is officially the first day of spring. However, that is not to say that that is the deadline for buyers to find a city apartment with a private balcony, terrace, garden, or even backyard. Prices remain down from their historic highs, and several developers and designers are incorporating outdoor space into their buildings.

Moreover, while the coronavirus vaccine promises a return to previous times, many of us have taken the past year to think about which aspects of “normal” we wish to embrace and reject. For some, office life falls into the latter: A recent study by the Partnership for New York City found that only 10% of New York City employees have returned to the office since last March, and that 66% of employers surveyed reported plans for a hybrid model that allows some days in the office and some days of working from home. In such an environment, those who choose to keep working from home would welcome private outdoor space as a place to take a break or even an alternate workspace on nice days.

From the Listing: Elevate your lifestyle in this rarely available peacefully quiet 1 bedroom apartment with your own private backyard. Surround yourself with lush plants as you escape the bustling noise of the city in this beautifully renovated 1 bedroom 1 bathroom home. The thoughtful layout features a well-proportioned living/dining area with gorgeous 7.5" white oak floors and a generously proportioned bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Pre-war charm meets modern amenities in this bright and airy one-bedroom apartment, just one avenue from Central Park. Come home through a bookshelf entryway to find ten and a half foot ceilings and oversized casement windows stretching to the ceiling, flooding the apartment with natural light and providing treetop views. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Introducing 819 Lexington Avenue in Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn. This elevator-accessible condominium is comprised of 9 well-appointed one-bedroom (1BR) residences and one studio (STU) duplex. Each residence unites contemporary design and Brooklyn charm, establishing a calculated yet tasteful composition. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Unit #1R is an 854 square foot garden level one-bedroom duplex with soaring ceilings, a ton of natural light, and a 936 square foot private backyard! The spacious living room has great light with a Pullman kitchen that efficiently provides you with all the prep space you could ever dream of! See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Garden lover's dream with incredibly low common charges! This stunning Clinton Hill apartment has been fully renovated with a newly expanded kitchen and updated bathroom. The massive private garden is beautifully landscaped and complete with a BBQ area and enough room for a 10 person table. This 1 bedroom plus office/den apartment could easily be used as a two bedroom home. This home also has incredibly low carrying costs! See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Enjoy your own 205 Square Feet of Private Garden Oasis While Living in the Heart of the Theater District. Private Outdoor Space is Accessible Through the Living Area and the Bedroom. The bedroom is large enough to fit a king-size bed. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Residence #1R is a two-bedroom, one and a half bath (2BR/1.5BTH) duplex totaling 1400 sq. ft. (748SF upper + 652SF lower) with massive, rear-facing private garden measuring 1132 sq. ft. Highlights include wide planked hardwood Oak floors, oversized windows allowing for an abundance of natural light throughout, high ceilings, LED mood lighting, an eco-friendly Mitsubishi ductless HVAC system, plus washer/dryer hookup. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Residence 1R is a sprawling duplex home with one bedroom, 1.5 baths and an enormous recreation space, perfect for a home office or extra den and 300sf private backyard! The backyard has been expertly designed and is perfect for hosting an outdoor BBQ or for an intimate night under the stars with 8ft tall privacy fencing, motion sensor lights and artificial grass for easy, maintenance-free living. The building marries luxury renovation and top-of-the-line finishes with the authentic charm and character of a loft building. A wall of exposed brick and a restored decorative fireplace sets this home apart from any other new developments in the neighborhood. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: The duplex Residence 1R features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private garden. Walk out Terrace from the main level has ample space for chairs and BBQ. 11 ft. ceilings, and spacious living area. 5' wide walnut floors. The open kitchen feature Bertazzoni stoves, Grey Carrera marble counters, stainless steel appliances, custom-made kitchen cabinets. Main bath features a deep soaking tub with Hansgrohe fixtures. The apartment also has Central air, washer and dryer, and virtual doorman service. This perfectly designed floor-plan offers plenty of closet and no space was spared in order to give the best of your apartment. The lower level features over 450 sq ft of amazing garden space. Also a shared roof deck. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: A giant backyard in a turnkey 2 bedroom, 2 bath co-op on a culd-e-sac in MANHATTAN, ON EAST 76!!! With a backyard found only in a townhouse mansion this amazing home checks all the boxes and then some! See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Enjoy the best of Brownstone Brooklyn in this spacious, floor-through, three-bed, two-bath apartment. Located in prime Park Slope, Residence 2 at 303 6th Avenue is an open, airy, light-filled home with 10-foot ceilings and luxurious woodwork details. The expansive great room allows for separate dining and living room areas -- perfect for easy entertaining and comfortable living. And the four oversized living room windows flood the apartment with natural, bright light all day. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Welcome to 135 Clinton Ave, where classic brownstone meets bohemian living. This two-bedroom home is flush with original detail, an abundance of character, and is located in close proximity to one of Brooklyn's most sought-after parks, Fort Greene Park. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Enjoy classic loft living in this 1,416 square foot pre-war duplex. This spacious loft features a large open living area with excellent sunlight and 14-foot ceilings. The chef's kitchen offers marble counters, an 18 bottle wine refrigerator and excellent storage space. A spa-level bath, beautiful exposed brick wall, wood-burning fireplace and oversized windows showcase the loft's prewar charm. The is a remote-controlled movie screen with an HD projector and surround sound, as well as a lofted sleeping area with storage for clothes, books, and more. See floor plan and full details here."

From the Listing: RECENTLY renovated Cooperative Townhouse Apartment and Private Garden. The Smart Home is equipped with Security and Entertainment Systems along with Multi-Zone Fujitsu Air Conditioning units, a built-in Rabbit Air Purifying System and Aprilaire Humidifier. Further, you can control the temperature, lights, security AND shades from the convenience of your phone/voice. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Like nothing you’ve seen, this amazing duplex condominium has it all! Larger than some townhouses, this apartment boasts almost 1800 square feet set over 2 levels with 2 extra-large bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, high ceilings, its own PRIVATE BACKYARD, and a DEEDED PARKING SPOT with DIRECT access to the unit. Set on the border of Prospect Heights and Crown Heights, the location is more than ideal. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Massive private outdoor space accompanies this two-bedroom duplex condominium with a washer and dryer in unit. This oversized home provides two sprawling terraces, one of which is over 1,300 square feet. A gracious entrance foyer leads you into the living and dining room. The entire home offers stained oak floors and the open kitchen offers custom sleek gray and white lacquered kitchen cabinets, Caesarstone counter tops, Kohler Sink and customized built in appliances. The main bedroom is quiet, receives great light and provides access to one of the two private outdoor spaces. The private terrace is expansive and serene and with over 1,300 square feet of privacy, it is a true extension to the home and becomes almost like ones own backyard. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Welcome home to Residence 1 at 355 Saint Marks Avenue. This immense home features 2690SF of interior space, 975SF of private outdoor space, 3.5 bathrooms, basement storage, and unbelievably low carrying costs. A perfect townhouse alternative without the headaches and responsibilities of dealing with house renovations and maintenance, this turnkey home offers endless possibilities with its flexible layout. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This 3 bedroom, 2-and-a-half bathroom apartment is evenly divided between voluminous, open entertaining and living space on the parlor floor and a secluded garden floor containing three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: A private front entrance leads to an elegant foyer and dramatic double-height living space. The upper level offers an open kitchen with large granite and stainless steel island and breakfast bar, custom walnut cabinetry, and top-of-the-line appliances, including a Gaggenau oven and stove, Zephr hood, Viking microwave, Liebherr refrigerator and built-in Gaggenau cappuccino/espresso machine. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: A one-of-a-kind opportunity to own a special slice of heaven AND history in NYC, with a coveted key to Gramercy Park and a private backyard garden haven, in an historic landmark townhouse! This stunning 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment on the first floor of a stately 1850s, 27 ft-wide prewar home - now an upscale boutique co-op - is a site to behold with its modern refinements and original detailing. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Bring your architect and create your own LIVE/WORK space! Originally this home was built as horse stables in the 1890's for patrons of the historic Ladies Mile shopping district. The 4,200 square foot ground floor loft features 11.5-foot ceilings with a 600 square foot private backyard! A 400 square foot private storage room is included with the sale. This loft is currently configured as an art studio, workshop, and a private home in the back with a backyard. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: 107 Saint John's Place Charming beyond compare, this extraordinary jewel box dazzles with impeccably restored architectural detail and of-the-moment relevance, just blocks from Prospect Park. The modernized living spaces marry seamlessly with turn-of-the-century details and historic millwork. Mahogany pocket doors and carved fireplace mantels are given new life with stream-lined finishes in both the cook's kitchen and bathrooms of beautiful stone and tile; while traditional layouts are repurposed for a contemporary lifestyle. Tasteful modern fixtures, fittings, and wallcoverings bridge the gap between old and new. Beyond the gracious entry vestibule reveals a sun-filled front parlor sitting room complete with butler's pantry, petite kitchenette, dumbwaiter, and formal dining room complete with dreamy wallcoverings and whimsical chandelier. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: 34 Park Place is your opportunity to own a perfectly renovated, 20-foot wide landmarked townhouse in idyllic Park Slope. The owners lovingly refurbished and revamped this two-family home in 2017, employing renowned Delson or Sherman Architects to bring their vision to life. With four bedrooms, including a primary bedroom floor with a private terrace, three outdoor spaces, a dream kitchen, and 4-zone air conditioning, wifi, Sonos sound system, and security, this home checks every box. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: The quintessential, impeccably designed Park Slope Brownstone in the premier neighborhood of Brooklyn, just blocks to Prospect Park! Introducing handsome 708 President Street, a magnificent 2-family residence with a gorgeous private garden, comprising of a grand 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom owner's triplex, and a spacious garden apartment. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: A historic house impeccably improved, 134 Manhattan Avenue offers the space and sanctuary of a single-family townhouse with the flexibility of a two-family certificate of occupancy, and a garden floor that can function as a fully-separate guest suite. The townhouse's Queen Anne exterior was meticulously restored to its original glory in 2013, and the entire interior has been continually improved for modern living. The interior palette includes architectural glass for the staircase enclosures, oak floors, updated recessed lighting, and freshly painted white walls throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Nestled on a coveted, tree-lined street in the heart of the West Village, 32 Bethune Street is now on the market. Built in 1844, the Greek Revival style townhouse features 4 beds, 2.5 baths, and a sizable garden. Notable features include high ceilings, oak floors, a beautiful façade with a front stoop and cornice, as well as two wood-burning fireplaces and original bread oven in the kitchen. See floor plan and full details here.

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From the Listing: 141 State Street is a grand and stately, 25'-wide townhouse that offers the rarest of opportunities in New York City - a fully renovated home with immaculately preserved and restored original detail and multiple outdoor spaces, including a large landscaped garden surrounded by a spectacular array of greenery and trees, two terraces, and a roof deck with sweeping views of the Manhattan Skyline. Recently renovated by renowned architects Baxt Ingui and constructed by Taffera Fine Building & Finishes, this stunning home is truly one of a kind. Built 25'-wide on an extra-deep 109' lot, 141 State features gracious proportions and an extension on the garden and parlor floors. Period details are intact throughout this historic home, including original pine floors, plaster moldings, the original staircase with mahogany banister, marble fireplace mantels, and a restored stained glass skylight. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: 43 Garden Place in Brooklyn Heights is a truly special 5 story, 24 foot-wide townhouse. It is a classic home with the perfect blend of preserved original details, bright open spaces, and warm cozy rooms to suit any lifestyle. The parlor floor has 11-foot ceilings and full height parlor windows -- the front living room with a wood-burning fireplace opens to a magnificent dining/entertaining room (with another fireplace), designed for both large crowds and quiet dinners. The thoughtfully designed open kitchen is a stunning backdrop to the dining room with its beadboard walls and open shelving, and the marble-topped island works perfectly for cooking prep and serving. A window seat built into the bay window frames the dining room, and this floor is connected to the tranquil, private garden through the kitchen door. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: TOWNHOME IN GREENWICH VILLAGE Rare opportunity to purchase with the building next door to make a 35' wide single-family or a boutique condo development with 8-12 units. The building is 17' wide and 54' deep on a 92' lot. Ideally located in the heart of Greenwich Village's coveted 'Gold Coast,' this 5 story townhouse is currently configured as five market-rate apartments. See floor plan and full details here.

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