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Available sales listings in NYC featuring exposed brick walls Available sales listings in NYC featuring exposed brick walls
Try as some contemporary designers might, there are some elements of Old World architecture that simply cannot be replicated in the modern age. Chief among these is exposed brick walls seen in prewar apartments throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. While it comes with its own set of decorating challenges, the mere presence of brick is enough for some buyers.

According to CityRealty listings, the 265 apartments and townhouses touting their brick accents come in at a median asking price of $1,182,500. This feature's popularity has reached an extent that brick-patterned wallpaper is available for purchase, but we've found the real thing at affordable prices.

442-Lexington-Avenue-004 (via Douglas Elliman)
One of only four units in its Bedford-Stuyvesant condo conversion, this beautifully detailed apartment features exposed brick and hardwood floors throughout. The chef's kitchen is a successful marriage of old and new with vintage-style cabinet pulls, farmhouse sink, and integrated top-of-the-line appliances. Both bedrooms offer access to a private backyard. See floor plan and full details here.

315-East-12th-Street-04 (via Compass)
Timeless downtown walk-up is filled with sunlight from southern, northern, and western exposures. The windowed kitchen is beautifully appointed with exposed brick, stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast bar. The building offers a bike room and storage, not to mention easy access to the best restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and transportation that the East Village has to offer. See floor plan and full details here.

77-Perry-Street-03 (JM Preston)
Located on a picturesque West Village block, this corner apartment has been renovated with custom closets throughout, a lava stone sink in the bath, and top-of-the-line appliances in the kitchen. However, the garden views, excellent light from northern and eastern exposures, and exposed brick walls could not be improved upon. It's no wonder this apartment was featured in Dwell magazine and on HGTV. See floor plan and full details here.

415-West-57th-Street-05 (via Corcoran)
Centrally located co-op features exposed brick walls, soaring ceilings with built-in sound system, hardwood floors, and through-wall air conditioning. Just outside the living room, a private balcony spans the entire length of the apartment. It is a short walk from Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Columbus Circle, Whole Foods, the Hudson River waterfront, and a multitude of subway lines. See floor plan and full details here.

221-West-21st-Street-04 (via Douglas Elliman)
In this charming Chelsea home, the exposed brick, high ceilings, crown moldings, and decorative fireplace set the tone. The master bedroom is filled with natural light and offers a peek at the Empire State Building. The apartment comes with a large storage cage, and building amenities include video intercom, central laundry, and bike room. See floor plan and full details here.

Located in an Victorian brownstone on a tree-lined Upper West Side block, entering this charming apartment is like stepping back in time to another era. Features such as exposed brick walls, a decorative fireplace, and garden views reinforce that impression. The building is conveniently located near Central Park, Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and several top restaurants. See floor plan and full details here.

516-East-82nd-Street-03 (Compass)
516 East 82nd Street-04
516 East 82nd Street-006
Move-in ready Yorkville apartment has recently undergone a gut renovation with top-of-the-line appliances in the kitchen, expanded bath with soaking tub and linen closet, and recessed hardwood floors and LED lighting throughout. However, exposed brick and 10' ceilings add character to the space with very little effort. Carl Schurz Park, top private schools, and several local favorite restaurants are a short walk away. See full details here.

227-East-87th-Street-04 (Images via Compass)
Spacious prewar apartment on the Upper East Side is filled with natural light that shines on the exposed brick walls, decorative fireplace, and windowed home office. The true crowning glory is its private roof deck with steeple and skyline views. Building amenities and services include a part-time superintendent and card-operated laundry room. See floor plan and full details here.

171-West-73rd-Street-04 (Images via Citi Habitats)
Multi-level studio on the Upper West Side is rich in exposed brick, high ceilings, and natural light from southern exposure. A double closet and two built-in armoires offer enviable and abundant storage space. The pet-friendly building has a laundry room and bike storage, and includes cable and internet in the maintenance. See floor plan and full details here.

240-East-83rd-Street-04 (Compass)
Sunlight from south-facing windows fills this Yorkville studio with incredible natural light. Additional features include exposed brick walls, open breakfast bar in the kitchen, three large closets, and through-wall air conditioning. It is located on a tree-lined block near Carl Schurz Park, the East River Promenade, and the new Q subway stop. See floor plan and full details here.
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