townhouses

Cool Listings, Park Slope

60 Montgomery Street, cool listings, park slope

Just around the corner from Prospect Park at 60 Montgomery Place, this historic two-family  head-turner of a townhouse is in good company, but four stories of preserved and perfectly renovated interiors and a few surprises set it apart from its elegant Park Slope neighbors. In addition to a finished basement, plaster walls, central air and a private garden, this distinctive home, asking $5.995 million, is crowned by a green roof with park views.

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Cool Listings, Park Slope

A storied past led this Park Slope residence to its current incarnation as a townhouse with more of a loft feel. Originally a carriage house built in 1895, it was used as a car garage during the early 20th century, then it was a repair shop for boat engines, and later a sculptor’s studio. When the current owners—both architects—got their hands on the property, they transformed it into a two-story residence with an interior courtyard, a roof terrace, and a one-car garage. The three-bedroom home at 331 4th Street is currently listed for $3,985,000.

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Cool Listings, Gowanus, Interiors

191A 8th Street, Gowanus

A few years ago designers Merrill Lyons and Charles Brill started the full renovation of their Gowanus townhouse, which involved “gutting it down to the brick facade, beams, and stair railings” and adding a deck in the back. The results—worthy of a feature in Dwell Magazine—mix the historic townhouse bones with modern lines and pops of color. With three bedrooms, space to spread out outdoors, and an inviting ambiance throughout, the residence is very family-friendly. The garden level is currently an income-generating rental unit, but it could be incorporated into the upper floors to create a larger single-family residence. Originally built in 1901, this completely transformed property is now on the market for $3,195,000.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Prospect Heights

130 Saint Marks Avenue, prospect heights, cool listings, townhouse, brownstone, interiors

Photos by Elizabeth Dooley, courtesy of Compass

Renovated brownstones may be lovely, but once you’ve seen a few, they tend to blend together in a blur of pale walls and chandeliers. This Prospect Heights gem at 130 St. Marks Avenue is a very intact two-family home complete with restored wood trim and paneling that resembles neither a museum nor the usual house-tour staple. Color sets each room apart, and, as the listing points out, updates were done with an artist’s eye to highlight old details while adding modern design. As configured, the home, asking $4.575 million, has a five-bedroom owner’s triplex and a one-bedroom rental apartment on the garden floor. There’s plenty of charm left over for private outdoor spaces as well, including the little-known neighborhood bonus of an extra-long back yard.

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Cool Listings, Park Slope

317 12 street, cool listings

Photos by Al Siedman of VHT, courtesy of Corcoran

On a quiet, tree-lined South Slope block, this whimsically color-blocked wood-sided house at 317 12th Street was built in 1871. The legal two-family dwelling is currently configured as a five-bedroom single family home, but there’s potential for rental income. Comprised of three stories plus a sweet bedroom/playroom that spans the entire attic, the house, asking $2.299 million, has original details like marble mantles, tin ceilings, and parquet floors, plus a verdant back yard with a surprise addition.

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Cool Listings, Gramercy Park, Historic Homes

216 East 18th street, cool listngs, townhouses, historic homes, gramercy

Located within the Gramercy Park Historic District, this classic four-story Greek Revival-style townhouse at 216 East 18th Street, asking $9.75 million, was one of the first in the district to be built. It was constructed–along with its neighbor at 214 East 18th Street–in 1842 for wealthy businessman, civic leader and Native American rights activist William E. Dodge. The townhouse is a rare 25 feet wide; within are 5,000 square feet of living space that includes 15 rooms and seven fireplaces with original mantles intact. Also intact is a stunning combination of plaster molding, high ceilings and tall windows.

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Clinton Hill, Cool Listings, Interiors

151 willoughby avenue, clinton hill, townhouses, cool listings, outdoor spaces

Photo by Al Siedman of VHT, courtesy of The Corcoran Group.

This beautifully renovated single-family brick townhouse at 151 Willoughby Avenue among the elegant brownstone blocks of Clinton Hill may be narrow, but within its walls are five bedrooms, seven working wood burning fireplaces, a gracious parlor, a stylish and well-appointed eat-in kitchen, a family room, a back yard, and a roof deck. Though the home, asking $2.795 million, is ready for modern living, it’s filled with unique details.

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Featured Story

Clinton Hill, Features, Interiors, My SQFT House Tours, Renovation Diary

renovation diary, mysqft, clinton hill, renovation, interiors, design, urban pioneering, alex scott porter, brooklyn brownstone, townhouse, renovation

Our Renovation Diary has been following 6sqft writer Michelle Cohen as she takes on the challenge of transforming a Brooklyn townhouse in the historic Clinton Hill neighborhood into a site-sensitive modern home. She previously shared plans for the 150-year-old building and the first big steps she and her husband, a public health lawyer and antique lighting dealer, have taken to make their dream home a reality, including two years of hunting, planning the renovation, and assembling the professionals needed to make it happen (and how the homeowners made the best of all the waiting time). With Landmarks’ signoff and permits in hand, a year-long renovation began. Below, the results, with plenty of hindsight, advice, resources and construction photos on the way.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Interiors, West Village 

68 Bethune Street, West Village, Marc Jacobs

Interior listing images by Yoo Jean Han; exterior images by Francois Halard. Courtesy of Sotheby’s

Shortly after purchasing a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in the New York suburb of Rye, designer Marc Jacobs has put his West Village townhouse on the market for $15,996,000, as the Wall Street Journal first reported. Jacobs is looking to downsize in Manhattan as he prepares to split his time between New York City and Rye. The three-bedroom townhouse at 68 Bethune Street is part of the Superior Ink condominium project designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects in the late 2000s. Property records show that Jacobs bought the residence for $10.495 million in 2009.

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Bed Stuy, Cool Listings

408 Macon Street, Bed-Stuy, cool listings, townhouses, brooklyn brownstones, jeremyville

This two-family townhouse at 408 Macon Street in Bed-Stuy‘s Stuyvesant Heights Historic District was renovated a few years ago by Australian expats Jeremy Andrew–the artist Jeremyville whose colorful feel-good graphics have a sizable following–and Megan Mair. The creative pair–she’s a creative director, curator and brand strategist–bought the home for $1.5 million in 2013, when it was divided up into three units. They gave it a top-to-toe renovation, as featured in Brownstoner. The 3,400-square-foot four-story Neo-Grec brownstone was built around 1880 by local builder Charles Isbill.

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