By Devin Gannon, Wed, February 22, 2023
All photos courtesy of Eitan Gamliely for Sotheby’s International Realty
A 19th-century Italianate-style house on the Upper East Side with New York political and literary ties hit the market this week. Constructed in 1867, the red brick townhouse at 255 East 78th Street was once home to State Sen. John Gilmore Boyd and most recently, cultural critic John Leonard, who died in 2008. While the narrow property is just 14 feet wide, the home measures nearly 2,700 square feet across four levels, plus there’s a basement, rear deck, garden, and air rights to add two more floors. The townhouse is currently available for $3,995,000.
More this way
By Michelle Cohen, Mon, October 3, 2022
Photo courtesy of Nina Poon/MW Studio for the Corcoran Group
Famed director Baz Luhrmann’s Gramercy Park townhouse could be yours to rent for $75,000/month. Located at 243 East 17th Street, the six-bedroom home spans five stories and overlooks Stuyvesant Square Park. The extravagant townhouse is also available for purchase. Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin first listed the home for $19,995,000 in March but later dropped the price to $18,999,500. If you’re loving the interior design of this home, we’ve sourced a few key pieces that are identical or similar to the items in the listing photos. So you can get the look–without having to move.
Shop the listing, this way
By Aaron Ginsburg, Thu, September 8, 2022
All photos courtesy of Nina Poon/MW Studio for the Corcoran Group
Famed director Baz Luhrmann’s Gramercy Park townhouse could be yours to rent for $75,000/month. Located at 243 East 17th Street, the six-bedroom home spans five stories and overlooks Stuyvesant Square Park. The extravagant townhouse is also available for purchase. Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin first listed the home for $19,995,000 in March but later dropped the price to $18,999,500, as first spotted by the New York Post.
By Michelle Cohen, Thu, January 9, 2020
Images courtesy of Halstead.
Available on February 15 as a short- or long-term rental, this duplex occupies the top two floors of a charming brick townhouse at 426 West 22nd Street on a prime Chelsea block. The 1,168-square-foot two-bedroom unit is two flights up, one of three apartments in the townhouse which is also on the market for $7.5 million. The penthouse, asking $7,000 a month, features a 160-square-foot terrace and top floor loft space.
Tour the penthouse-in-a-townhouse
By Michelle Cohen, Mon, July 29, 2019
Williamsburg isn’t exactly the first place you’d think to find a historic townhouse, so the former firehouse at 411 Kent Avenue on the Williamsburg waterfront is unique from the start. Built around 1920, this cool commercial property was last listed in 2014 for $6.4 million. The 3,300-square-foot, two-story building features massive open spaces, high ceilings, huge windows, multiple skylights, original wood floors, exposed brick, and exposed wood ceiling joists–an ideal live/work loft in a neighborhood where they’re in short supply. It’s back on the market for $5.3 million.
Tour this classic loft
By Alexandra Alexa, Fri, December 28, 2018
Own a corner of historic Brooklyn Heights with this home at 23 Willow Place—part of the landmarked neighborhood known as Willowtown. The picturesque setting and old world charm of the 1854 building combine with a modern extension in the back to give an elegant but relaxed feel. The four-floor, seven-bedroom home with a private garden is on the market for $5.1 million.
See inside the townhouse
By Devin Gannon, Wed, July 11, 2018
A corner home located in the spine of the Hamilton Heights Historic District has hit the market for the first time in nearly two decades. Located at 381 Convent Avenue, on the same block where Alexander Hamilton once lived, a four-story townhouse is asking $2.675 million. Built in 1893 by John M. Cahill, the Romanesque Revival property measures 3,200 square feet, contains five bedrooms, four bathrooms and an adorable, private garden. Just a few houses down at 327 Convent Avenue, another historic townhouse is for sale for a $3.7 million.
Tour the townhouse
By Michelle Cohen, Fri, October 16, 2015
We’ve pretty much seen it all when it comes to no-holds-barred luxury in an Upper East Side townhouse, and this five-story, 7,000 square-foot specimen at 17 East 83rd Street is by no means the most opulent. But when the listing starts with “elevator townhouse,” you know you’re probably not in for a lot of skimping. And when you learn there’s a “separate service entrance/mudroom with paw washer,” and a “mail center,” well, Billionaire’s Row is looking a just a bit like Dogpatch…
The current owners of this Manhattan mansion—an investor and an interior designer—purchased it for $2.9 million in 1998, which, sure, was 20 years ago, but if they get anywhere close to their ask of $24.5 million, it’s still quite a payday. A tidy sum, it’s true, must have been spent on renovations in this townhouse-that-treats-you-like-a five-star-hotel–though now that we think of it, where’s the pool?
Take the tour (good thing there’s an elevator)