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132 East 19th Street, Unit 7F (Compass) 132 East 19th Street, Unit 7F (Compass)
As winter unfolds with one month to go, the allure of unwinding by a fireplace remains irresistible. While outsiders may assume New Yorkers only find such solace in communal spaces, many apartment buildings and townhouses, especially those predating World War II, feature cozy hearths within individual residences. In newer buildings, fireplaces are often reserved for amenity spaces or larger, more luxurious units such as the penthouse.
An apartment with a built-in fireplace can either be a functioning wood-burning one, or a decorative one that should not be used. Functioning fireplaces exude warmth and a rustic charm, and assist in heating spaces during colder months, albeit requiring constant attention. Despite their appeal, they emit soot and smoke, necessitating diligent upkeep of chimneys and carbon monoxide monitoring. Moreover, while many people enjoy the look of a fireplace, they might not use a functional one as much as they initially imagined, especially if they frequently travel or lead busy lives.
Alternatively, decorative fireplaces present a low-maintenance yet aesthetically pleasing centerpiece for residential spaces. Although they lack the heating capacity of their wood-burning counterparts, they can emulate the ambiance with creative décor ideas like faux wood, string lights, or candles. While some decorative fireplaces can be made functional, obtaining approval from the building management is paramount for New York apartment owners.
257 West 86th Street, #56B An available UWS 3-bed formerly owned by actor Robert Duvall (Elliman)
Below, we've curated over two dozen listings featuring either wood-burning or decorative fireplaces. Among our selections is a grand three-bedroom residence at 257 West 86th Street, formerly owned by actor Robert Duvall, boasting 20-foot coffered ceilings and an ornate wood-burning fireplace.

145 Reade Street, # (Compass)

The Wales, #PENTHOUSE (Corcoran Group | Photo Credit: David Paler)

Rose Hill, #PHB (Compass)

336 De Graw Street, # (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Park Avenue Court, #R22C (Corcoran Group)

108 Leonard, #14E (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

120 East 19th Street, # (Compass)

The Rushmore, #PH1A (Coldwell Banker Warburg)

257 West 86th Street, #56B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

333 East 68th Street, #PHC (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

308 East 30th Street, #NA (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

The Courtlandt, #PH14E (Sothebys International Realty)

Artisan Lofts, #3B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

The Hawthorne, #15A (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

424 Macon Street, # (Compass)

815 Park Avenue, #10A (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

132 East 19th Street, #7F (Compass)

271 West 122nd Street, #1 (Serhant LLC)

532 West 111th Street, #77 (Brown Harris Stevens Brooklyn LLC)

333 East 68th Street, #7E (Sothebys International Realty)

114 East 84th Street, #7C (Sothebys International Realty)

853 Carroll Street Condominium Residences, #3 (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

159 Carlton Avenue, #1C (Corcoran Group)

The Gramercy House, #10i (Leven Real Estate)

170 East 79th Street, #2A (Corcoran Group)

204 West 92nd Street, #3F (Miriam Izsak Realty LLC)

262 Bergen Street, #4F (Compass)

257 West 86th Street, #8C (Tungsten Property)

257 West 86th Street, #9C (Corcoran Group)

41 Jane Street, #4C (Compass)

The Black & Whites, #3B (Sothebys International Realty)

Eastgate, #5A (Corcoran Group)
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