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On a cold day, there's nothing like warming up in front of a fireplace. Some might think New Yorkers would have to resort to visiting a bar or amenity space to enjoy this experience, but this feature can be found in multi-family buildings. These are mostly in prewar buildings; in modern construction, fireplaces tend to be reserved for the penthouse due to ventilation.

In any building, an apartment with a fireplace is likeliest to feature a wood-burning or decorative fireplace. Wood-burning fireplaces provide the most warmth and a natural ambiance, but this particular model isn't for everyone. Between having to stoke the fire and the fact that it absolutely cannot be left unattended, this isn't always the most relaxing setting. Moreover, it's clear that wood-burning fireplaces emit soot and smoke, but owners are also advised to make sure their carbon monoxide alarms are in working order.

Decorative fireplaces offer much less of a hassle while still serving as the natural focal point of any living room. While they don't offer the same warmth as their wood-burning counterparts, it's easy enough to create the ambiance of a working fireplace with design ideas like decorative wood, string lights, or candles. Some decorative fireplaces may be made functional, but New York owners should check with their building first.

Below, we take a look at listings throughout New York with wood-burning or decorative fireplaces. Many are under the impression that this is a perk reserved for grand townhouses or exclusive penthouses, but all of the following listings are priced below $625K.

From the Listing: A cozy pre-war condo nestled in a quiet residential Turtle Bay enclave, this gut-renovated 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom is a charming portrait of classic city living. Features of this gracious apartment include beautiful white oak floors, high ceilings, large sash windows, an elegant original marble fireplace mantel and surround, northern exposure, pocket doors, a pristinely renovated kitchen, and marble bathroom. See floor plan and full details here.

212-East-48th-Street-01 All images of 212 East 48th Street via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: This beautiful prewar residence is warm and inviting and truly feels like a home--gracious entry foyer, dramatic high beamed ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, through-wall a/c, elegant oversized living/dining room with mantled wood-burning fireplace as its centerpiece, huge oversized windows, arched doorways, spacious windowed cook's kitchen, large and well-proportioned rooms including a big bedroom, and an additional room that can be used as a den or home office. A bright and quiet northern exposure faces tree-lined 48th Street, where lush green treetops perfectly frame the historic brownstones and townhouses across the street. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Having it all on the Upper East Side. This fabulous, top floor duplex 1-bedroom, 1.5 bath stunner in a pre-war elevator building with a live in super. Enjoy sun-drenched southern exposures featuring a renovated kitchen with granite countertops, updated appliances and elegant cabinetry. See floor plan and full details here.

7-East-35th-Street-01 All images of The Antoinette via Compass
From the Listing: The main level of this distinctive triplex features a dramatic entry into an open and generously sized dining area with architectural details including wainscot wall paneling and handsome crown moldings, an updated cook's kitchen and a renovated powder room off the entry foyer for guests. Down a few steps from the dining area is a large and bright living room featuring a cozy wood burning fireplace, wide wood plank floors, crown and baseboard moldings, sliding glass doors with a Juliet balcony, a half-wall of custom wooden bookcases, and plenty of room for a desk and work-from-home area. See floor plan and full details here.

315-East-68th-Street-01 All images of 315 East 68th Street via Halstead
From the Listing: Enjoy a wood-burning fireplace, wall-thru A/C's, generous closet space, hardwood floors, and beautifully renovated prewar details in this Upper East Side home in an Art Deco building. The large bedroom would comfortably fit a king-size bed, and the windowed bath is in black and white tiles and has a large soaking tub with shower. See floor plan and full details here.

67-Park-Avenue-01 All images of 67 Park Avenue via Nest Seekers
From the Listing: Ten-foot beamed ceilings and a beautiful wood burning fireplace grace this Park Avenue prewar architectural gem. The space is a quiet oasis and includes professionally designed closets, custom millwork and marble finishes. The Pullman kitchen includes a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, Miele cooktop, and excellent storage. Features also include a grand foyer and a large bedroom with open eastern city views. See floor plan and full details here.

431-East-82nd-Street-01 All images of 431 East 82nd Street via Bond New York
From the Listing: Offering a comfortable, highly livable layout, the open kitchen has plenty of cabinets and counter space, plus a large breakfast bar, big enough to seat three people. The spacious living area has exposed brick and a wood burning fireplace. The large bedroom has a customized walk-in closet connected to a bath with built-in shelving, and the apartment comes with a storage unit. See floor plan and full details here.

137-East-66th-Street-01 All images of 137 East 66th Street via Compass
From the Listing: Spacious, elegant prewar apartment boasts high ceilings, refinished oak floors, oversize natural oak windows, wood-burning fireplace and dining alcove. The quiet bedroom has built-in closets plus a bonus windowed space for a dressing room, office or guest room. The cooperative has a handsome lobby, 24-hour doorman, live-in superintendent, planted roof terrace, gym and storage and bike room. It is convenient to Central Park, public transit, shopping and restaurants. See floor plan and full details here.

146-East-49th-Street-01 All images of 146 East 49th Street via Compass
From the Listing: Classic pre-war one-bedroom in an Emery Roth-designed building features over 9' beamed ceilings, three closets, a decorative fireplace, good light, built-in bookcases and original hardwood floors throughout. The windowed kitchen has retained its pre-war details such as the through the wall cold box and the original glass door kitchen cabinetry. The windowed bathroom comes with the original cast iron deep soaking tub. The south facing bedroom has open city views to 48th Street. See floor plan and full details here.

44-East-65th-Street-01 All images of 44 East 65th Street via Sotheby's International Realty
From the Listing: Perfectly perched between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue in a landmarked boutique townhouse co-op, apartment 4A is an elegant estate condition residence boasting stunning architectural details including soaring high ceilings, pre-war moldings, an original wood burning fireplace, custom built-in cabinetry, and pristine hardwood floors. Bathed in natural northern light, the apartment also features a closed separate kitchen, gracious entry way, abundant closet space, oversized windows, and beautiful treetop and brownstone views. With vision and a designer touch, it's the perfect canvas to create your dream home. See floor plan and full details here.

296-Garfield-Place-01 All images of 296 Garfield Place via The Corcoran Group
From the Listing: Located only a half a block from beautiful Prospect Park, this lovely apartment has high ceilings and an exquisite fireplace mantel. It is a quiet oasis from the city as it is tucked away on the second floor and facing the back of the building. 296 Garfield Place is a cat friendly building with additional storage, bike storage and common laundry that is located near Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum, Botanic Garden, Public Library, and a massive farmers market every Saturday, not to mention easy access to subway lines. See floor plan and full details here.

132-West-71st-Street-01 All images of 132 West 71st Street via Berkshire Hathaway
From the Listing: From the 10-foot-high wood-beamed ceilings to the exposed brick wall, you will appreciate the original details in this apartment in a landmark brownstone building near Central Park. The most noteworthy feature is the rare wood-burning fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. The spacious kitchen features exposed brick, upgraded stainless-steel appliances, and a dishwasher. The bathroom features a relaxing Kohler Jacuzzi, marble tiles, and top-of-the-line California faucets fixtures. The electrical-system was completely updated, and there are new light fixtures throughout and a new ceiling fan. See floor plan and full details here.

450-West-147th-Street-01 All images of The Paul Revere via Compass
From the Listing: Oversized windows overlook a tree-lined block to let plenty of daylight in this flexible apartment, and the spacious living room is accented by decorative fireplace, original moldings and sweeping high ceilings. The eat-in windowed kitchen features great cabinetry, granite counter top, stainless appliances and dishwasher. The windowed bathroom boasts a vintage deep soaking tub. See floor plan and full details here.

105-East-38th-Street-01 All images of 105 East 38th Street via Elegran
From the Listing: This beautifully renovated pre-war apartment represents fantastic value and will delight anyone who appreciates stunning attention to detail. A decorative fireplace, hardwood floors, and towering ceilings enhance the sense of character, while the kitchen is sleek and contemporary. Stainless steel appliances, granite counters and ample storage will make cooking a pleasure. Extra features include a windowed bathroom with marble tiles, plenty of closet space throughout, and office nooks. See floor plan and full details here.

332-West-101st-Street-01 All images of 332 West 101st Street via The Corcoran Group
From the Listing: Sitting on the top floor of a majestic limestone townhouse on the Upper West Side, this fresh and inviting residence with pre-war details, 9’5’’ ceilings, a decorative fireplace, and beautifully maintained original hardwood floors, features a smart layout, good closets, through-the-wall A/C, and leafy treetop views. Cooking is easy and fun in the upgraded open kitchen with a breakfast bar, just installed floors, backsplash, and brand-new stove! Oversized windows, a large living room to host both a dining table and space to work from home, a sizable bedroom, and a fresh bathroom round out this lovely apartment! See floor plan and full details here.

344-East-58th-Street-01 All images of 344 East 58th Street via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: Dreamy one-bedroom in the Midtown East-Sutton Place area beautifully combines original details and smart upgrades throughout. The living room features a decorative fireplace with an antique carved stone mantle, and it has been fitted with a smokeless fireplace system for cozy winter days and nights. The 9' 5" ceiling height contributes to the feeling of spacious volume as does the open, updated kitchen with white marble countertops, glass-front cabinets, extensive storage space and quality appliances including a new GE dishwasher and space-saving mounted microwave. Hardwood floors, two cool chandeliers, crown molding, interesting archways and 2 generous-sized closets are just some of the additional charms of 2A. See floor plan and full details here.

212-East-48th-Street-01 All images of 212 East 48th Street via Compass
From the Listing: Oversized one-bedroom's living room features furniture grade cabinetry concealing a state of the art television above the working, wood-burning fireplace. The living/dining and bedroom are generously proportioned, and offer good light throughout, while offering privacy. The large bedroom offers a grand space with room for a king size bed, desk and chair and also features an en suite bath. Maintenance is 46% tax deductible. See floor plan and full details here.

119-West-85th-Street-01 All images of 119 West 85th Street via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: The parlor of this studio in a 1895 classic New York brownstone is an inviting space with attention to detail. The entrance features two 9-foot tall grand original doors, which lead you to a wood burning fireplace with stunningly restored original tile and mantle, extra high ceilings, 3 inch wide walnut wood floor planks with mahogany wood insert, sound proofing, Venetian chandelier. The immaculate kitchen comes outfitted with stunning granite, birch cabinetry with U-Line and Wolf appliances, and the bathroom has gorgeous tumbled marble and perfect proportions. See floor plan and full details here.

327-West-85th-Street-01 All images of 327 West 85th Street via Compass
From the Listing: With its airy nine-foot ceilings, this warm one-bedroom boasts an exposed brick fireplace and beautiful hard wood floors while being impeccably maintained by the current owner. The co-op also allows for the installation of an efficiency washer and dryer in the apartment. Accompanied with a super, this quiet and polished per-war building is conveniently located to multitudes of transportation, deliciously endless outdoor dining options and plenty of small business Mom & Pop shops that make this area feel like a small suburb in a big city. See floor plan and full details here.

215-East-73rd-Street-01 All images of 215 East 73rd Street via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: The largest of the Eastgate Studios, this prewar home in a Bing & Bing building boasts a large living area with wood-burning fireplace and an eat in kitchen on a lovely tree-lined block. You enter into a gracious foyer, perfect for a dresser or desk, which is flanked by two large closets including a huge walk-in. Straight ahead is your spacious bedroom/living room with working fireplace, hardwood floors, and beamed ceilings. The special feature of this home is the lovely windowed eat-in kitchen which feels like a separate room and keeps you from having to work your table into your living space. See floor plan and full details here.

575-Park-Avenue-01 All images of The Beekman via Compass
From the Listing: High floor, bright, cheery one bedroom home in the iconic Beekman Hotel and Residences exudes prewar charm with beamed ceilings, beautiful parquet floors, grand rooms, and a fireplace. Views capture tons of sky, skyline, Park Avenue, and the entire Upper East Side. The building epitomizes ease, comfort and service: twice daily maid service, full-time doorman and concierge, on-site management, fitness room, laundry service, and storage available. See floor plan and full details here.

50-East-83rd-Street-01 All images of 50 East 83rd Street via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: This bright front facing studio with tree lined views out on to East 83rd Street is a charming oasis amid one of the Upper East Side's most sought-after neighborhoods, between Madison and Park Avenues. The apartment has a brand new fully appointed kitchen and a newly renovated bathroom. The main room features a lovely wood-burning fireplace, inlaid parquet floors and much original detail. See floor plan and full details here.

434-East-52nd-Street-01 All images of Southgate via Warburg Realty
From the Listing: Set in an Emery Roth / Bing & Bing building, this stylish studio juxtaposes prewar details with curated contemporary elements. Beamed ceilings, oak strip floors, classic moldings and exposed brick wood burning fireplace coexist with Artemide fixtures by Ernesto Gismondi, monorail tech track lighting, sleek Ron Rezek ceiling fan and Dornbracht fittings. The result is a warm yet dynamic environment. A cheerful foyer leads to the main room which comfortably accommodates separate living and sleeping areas. Electricity is included in the maintenance. See floor plan and full details here.

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