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Clinton Hill, Cool Listings, Interiors

12a Monroe Street, Clinton Hill, Townhouses, Rentals

Listing images by Amanda James, DDReps; courtesy of Compass

Since it last sold in 2016 for $2.35 million, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse at 12a Monroe Street (located right on the Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy border) has undergone some key layout changes to maximize the home’s narrow 14-foot width and make it feel as spacious as possible. Now on the rental market seeking $8,500 a month, the 2,568 square-foot home boasts eight marble mantels, pocket shutters, wide plank floors, a gorgeous center staircase, and an expansive 52-foot backyard.

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Clinton Hill, Cool Listings, Interiors

336 Park Avenue, Clinton Hill, Wallabout

Adjacent to Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard is one of Brooklyn’s oldest but least known neighborhoods: Wallabout. Though somewhat isolated due to its lack of public transportation, the area boasts a rich history dating back to the 17th century. It was once home to the area’s second largest producer of chocolate (second only to Hershey’s), Brooklyn’s first free African-American school, and where Walt Whitman wrote the first edition of “Leaves of Grass” while living at 99 Ryerson Street. Wallabout contains the largest concentration of pre-Civil War wood-frame houses in the city, but amid the historic homes are some contemporary gems, like this 2011 metal-clad townhouse at 336 Park Avenue. The 2,500 square-foot property—complete with a side yard, a roof terrace, and two parking spots—is currently on the market for $2,200,000.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, West Village 

41 Barrow Street, West Village

Part of the Greenwich Village Historic District, the Federal-style rowhouse at 41 Barrow Street was originally built in 1828 as a “two and one-half storied wood building with [a] brick front in Flemish bond, steeply pitched roof and dormer window,” according to the 1969 LPC designation. For all the historic charm it oozes from the outside, the interior has undergone a thorough renovation that kept many of the original details—wide-plank wood floors, two of the three original fireplace mantels, exposed wood beams—while gaining some modern upgrades. Of these, a solarium built on the parlor floor is the highlight, bringing plenty of light into the home and better flow to a somewhat tricky layout. The historic West Village property is now on the market for a cool $5,100,000.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Park Slope

Listing images by Allison Lubow

This flexible duplex at 246 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope feels more like a townhouse with its wood-burning fireplace and a dreamy outdoor space that’s perfect as both your quiet retreat and the venue for your next party. Currently being used as a three bedroom, the residence features charming material details—there’s both white-washed and exposed brick—and some cool layout features, including a private lofted area in one of the bedrooms. The unique listing is fresh on the market for $1.595 million.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Park Slope

421A Union Street, Park Slope, cool listings

Photos by Will Ellis of Donna Dotan Photography, courtesy of Compass

This beautifully renovated three-bedroom co-op at 421A Union Street sits atop a historic row house across the street from the Park Slope Food Co-op and a block from Prospect Park. Asking $2.25 million, the duplex-plus-roof-deck offers three outdoor spaces–including a gorgeous glass-walled sunroom–and stunning Manhattan views.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Soho

12 Greene Street, cool listings, penthouses, soho

Photo courtesy of Compass. Photo credit: Donna Dotan.

The interiors of this fifth-floor co-op at 12 Greene Street in Soho bring to mind a perfectly redesigned deco-era London terrace house or a dreamy country estate more than the average Manhattan penthouse. To top it off, three levels of private roof terrace gardens wouldn’t be out of place in either, complete with mature trees and a reflecting pool. As unusual as it is expensive–it’s asking $9.95 million–this three-bedroom downtown oasis boasts a renovation that spared no luxury and considered every angle, from a rustic loft-like kitchen and a fabulous array of bespoke floor tiles to the aforementioned gardens.

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Celebrities, Recent Sales, Upper West Side 

The “Law & Order: SVU” star and her husband, actor Peter Hermann, who bought the stunning Upper West Side brownstone for $10.7 million in 2012, had hoped to make it a $10.75 million brownstone when they put it on the market last fall. After a price cut to an unprofitable $9.75 million, the six-story, 6,000+ square-foot home at 45 West 84th Street is in contract, the New York Post reports. The couple reportedly decided to sell because their family needs have changed, though they’ve said they plan on staying in their beloved neighborhood.

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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, Upper West Side 

23 west 73rd street, upper west side, nyc apartments

Via Google Street View

Editor’s note: At the request of Sotheby’s International Realty, listing photos that appeared in an earlier version of this post have been removed.

Just steps from Central Park on the Upper West Side, this two-bedroom co-op at 23 West 73rd Street is located in the Park Royal, a pre-war, red-brick building that has been called “one of the most attractive sidestreet apartment houses” in the coveted neighborhood. On the market for $5,250,000, the penthouse unit is owned by financier Donald Marron, who is also one of the most recognized private art collectors in America and previously served as President of the Museum of Modern Art’s Board of Trustees.

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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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