duplexes

Bed Stuy, Cool Listings, Interiors

689 Myrtle Avenue, The Chocolate Factory, Lofts, Bedford-Stuyvesant

Listing images by Shannon Dupre, Donna Dotan, DDreps; courtesy of Compass

Built in 1947 as the Cocoline Chocolate Factory, the pale-orange brick building at 689 Myrtle Avenue in Bed-Stuy now houses 45 condo apartments with unique, spacious layouts. This two-bedroom corner unit offers a quintessential Brooklyn loft, spruced up with a fresh renovation, pops of color, and clever space-maximizing ideas. The 1,182 square-foot residence just hit the market seeking $999,000.

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Cool Listings, Park Slope

487 6th Avenue, cool listings, park slope, co-ops, duplexes, outside spaces

Photo by Russ Ross.

This colorful co-op at 487 6th Avenue in Park Slope three blocks from Prospect Park is brimming with vintage-modern charm throughout its two custom-designed levels. The duplex–currently being used as a two-bedroom–is asking $1,050,000, and it’s uniqueness goes beyond decor. Just a few cool features in 1,100 square feet of indoor space include a customized office area with a built-in library nook with antique salvage doors and windows and an original mural hand-painted by a celebrated picture book maker; at the rear, a one-of-a kind treehouse overlooks a landscaped garden.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, yorkville

130 East End Avenue, Yorkville, Upper East Side, Penthouses, Irving Berlin

American songwriter Irving Berlin moved into the duplex at 130 East End Avenue—an Emory Roth-designed co-op in Yorkville right across from Carl Schurz Park— in 1931, where he went on to write hits like “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and “Say It Isn’t So.” As Berlin’s biographer Laurence Bergreen described, the formal residence featured antiques and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that “quietly suggested the home of [a] wealthy, cultivated businessman possessed of exacting, if severe, taste.” Though the Berlin’s moved out in 1944, the stately residence with East River views retained it’s formal decor when the unit last hit the market in 2017 for $7,900,000. Over the past two years, the apartment has undergone a modern renovation and is back seeking a much reduced $3,995,000.

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

141 West 85th Street, Upper West Side

On a quintessential Upper West Side block—just two blocks away from both Riverside and Central Parks—this one-bedroom duplex at 141 West 85th Street packs a lot of pre-war Manhattan charm. Exposed brick and wood beams, a wood-burning fireplace, a spiral staircase—check, check, and check. Best of all, the top-floor residence comes with a patch of private outdoor space in the form of a lovely landscaped terrace off the bedroom. It’s now on the market for $1,075,000 after selling in 2017 for $915,000.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Midtown

The Midtown five-bedroom condo once owned by actress Anne Hathaway hit the market this week for $19.5 million. The A-list Oscar winner rented the duplex in the 52-story Olympic Tower on Fifth Avenue for $37,000 per month with ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri, who was jailed in 2008 for fraud and money-laundering. Hathaway previously owned a loft in Dumbo’s Clocktower building, which sold for $4.25 million in 2014, and a few years later picked up a Central Park-adjacent penthouse on the Upper West Side for $2.55 million.

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Chelsea, Cool Listings

This magical Chelsea backyard has us dreaming of warm summer days filled with fire pits, barbecuing, gardening, and kicking back with the sun our faces. But for now, the interior of this duplex at 436 West 23rd Street is plenty spacious and beautiful to keep us safe from the cold. Located within the historic Fitzroy Townhouses, an incredibly intact row of 19th-century Italianate houses, the 1,250-square-foot co-op boasts a double-height living room with 17-foot ceilings, a modern and colorful renovation, and, of course, that incredible two-level garden.

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Cool Listings, Downtown Brooklyn

150 Myrtle Avenue Unit 3007, Downtown Brooklyn, Toren

Located in the award-winning, SOM-designed Toren in Downtown Brooklyn, this duplex penthouse at 150 Myrtle Avenue boasts three exposures and sweeping views of Williamsburg and Manhattan. On the 30th of 37 floors, the corner residence offers three bedrooms and three baths in a dramatic double-height space for the asking price of $2,100,000. And though these glassy, open spaces can often feel void, this one has been warmed up with creative decor and a curated collection of plants.

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Cool Listings, Upper West Side 

Living on 73rd Street right off Columbus Avenue sounds like a seven-figure dream to many Manhattan real estate seekers. You’re less than a block from Trader Joes and the 1, 2, 3 trains, just one block from the most classic part of Central Park near the Dakota and John Lennon memorial, and smack in the middle of all the new restaurants and shops popping up along the avenues. But this cozy co-op at 126 West 73rd Street is asking just $699,000. The 700-square-foot co-op not only gives you a coveted location but two floors of living space, a rare second half-bath, and three large street-facing windows.

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Cobble Hill, Cool Listings, Interiors

This four-bedroom condo on a quintessential Cobble Hill block is currently on the market for $10,500 a month. With rooms to spare, it’s perfect for a growing family. The two-level unit is bathed in southeastern light, in tip-top shape, and features cute decor details throughout, like exposed brick and hardwood floors. To top it all off, a private roof deck provides a cozy outdoor sanctuary.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, yorkville

Unless we’re talking about a “sleeping loft,” it’s not that easy to find a true one-bedroom on the Upper East Side for under $1 million, but this charmer at 335 East 90th Street offers that and so much more. The completely renovated duplex not only has a large open living/dining area on the upper level, but below, it boasts a bedroom, bonus room, and 660-square-foot landscaped backyard. Pre-war touches such as exposed brick and a wood-burning fireplace remain but are complemented by modern built-in storage, a sleek kitchen, and contemporary spiral staircase.

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