New York City is filled with homes–and stories–that are truly one-of-a-kind, and this massive, customized-from-top-to-bottom townhouse at 113 East 2nd Street in the East Village is a perfect example. The five-story townhouse is brimming with creative additions by residents who themselves helped shape one of the city’s most storied neighborhoods. The 7,000-square-foot property finds itself finally on the market for $10.5 million after a decade-long dispute between its owners, Phil Hartman and Doris Kornish, founders of the now-national pizza chain Two Boots, as the New York Post reports. The two divorced in 2008 and have been fighting over the home, where the pair raised three children, ever since. The 25-foot wide two-family townhouse is currently configured as an owner’s unit with seven bedrooms and a separate one bedroom apartment on the parlor floor with “very limited and specific commercial uses.” Though there are endless details that add originality and livability within, highlights include a serene rear garden and a performance space in the basement and cellar that’s complete with a stage and 14-foot ceilings.
Currently comprised of four apartments–two triplexes and two single-floor units—the seller of this impressively ornate 1903 townhouse at 7 East 88th Street hopes potential buyers will see it as a $29.95 million opportunity to create a grand Upper East Side single-family mansion. Situated just down the block from the Guggenheim, this stunning historic building comes with proposed single-family floor plans if you need any help visualizing life on five stories (plus an English basement) from the solarium to the basement gym. If five stories seem daunting, an elevator makes things easier.
This Central Park West top-floor brownstone duplex co-op with a terrace and a roof deck is, as the listing says, “park block perfection.” Even better: Grab the one-bedroom unit just downstairs–perfect for your guests, nanny, or new college grad. This pretty pair at 46 West 75th Street, asking $3.65 million, is also available as separate units, but why split up a good thing?
The listing tells us this six-story townhouse at 140 East 65th Street on the Upper East Side, with 18 rooms accessible by a wood-paneled elevator, is “the antithesis of the familiar, plain-vanilla, cookie-cutter developer spec house,” and we’d have to agree. Asking $13.5 million, its 7,000 interior square feet and 900 square feet of private outdoor space are brimming with magnificent design details that include one of the finest private gardens in Manhattan, designed by the Curator of Japanese Gardens at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
Asking $13 million, this single family Greek Revival home at 57 Bank Street embodies what West Village townhouse dreams are made of. As with most such examples of perfection, original historic details are combined with an eye for color and style, and there’s a landscaped garden and three terraces. City records show that the townhouse is owned by Anne McNally, Vanity Fair contributor and ex-wife of restaurateur Brian McNally, so it’s not surprising that the five-story home has been featured in the pages of House and Garden, British Vogue, and W.
It’s officially fall, and even though it’s still too early for the season’s sweaters and foliage, this three-story townhouse at 79 Irving Place in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn has some lovely autumn hues for you to peruse. Asking $1.9 million, the turn-of-the-century home with a crisp facade the color of hot cocoa offers a garden apartment with backyard access and a duplex above with a sprawling terrace and room to expand.
There isn’t a driveway yet, but the listing makes it known that one of the many luxuries of this pretty Victorian house at 416 Marlborough Road in the heart of Ditmas Park‘s leafy “Victorian Flatbush” enclave is a potential curb cut/driveway in the side yard. Other gracious additions include four porches for lounging and a lovely backyard gazebo for entertaining, all for $1.75 million.
Built in 1897 in the Elizabethan Renaissance Revival style by renowned architect Clarence True, this brick and limestone mansion occupies a 43-foot-wide lot, not in Forest Hills or Riverdale, but at 323 West 80th Street on the Upper West Side. The New York Post writes that the owners, a Broadway producer who ran the downtown rock club the Bitter End and his wife, Donna, a casting director who happens to be the sister of Bernadette Peters, bought the house–then a rundown SRO–for $170,000 in the 1970s. Even then, they could see the potential in this grand, gothy 10,000-square-foot palace, at the time carved up into 20 rooms. A few years have passed, but we can’t help but wonder if they imagined they’d list the spruced-up house, complete with garage, elevator and enchanted garden, for almost $20 million.
Given the renovation fever that has swept the city’s historic neighborhoods, it sometimes seems rare to see a home like this one, built at the turn century in a Neo-Gothic style, that retains its grandeur after being designed and remodeled into a picture of 21st century city living perfection. This four-story Prospect Heights townhouse at 577 Carlton Avenue, currently asking $3.495 million, has retained its historic details, while color, texture and inspired design decisions elevate it above many of its more ordinary brownstone Brooklyn neighbors.
The kitchen may be in the cellar, but this 2,400-square-foot townhouse at 154 West 11th Street in the lovely western reaches of Greenwich Village keeps every inch of interior space clean, bright and airy. At 20 feet wide with three (legit) floors, it’s understandable why so much thought was put into making sure space was used wisely. Built in 1845 and surrounded by its historic brethren in the Greenwich Village Historic District, the three-bedroom home has been lovingly restored and made ready for modern family life from to its walnut-stained oak floors and four wood-burning fireplaces to its charming garden.