townhouses

Celebrities, Cool Listings, West Village 

33 Charles Street, Hilary Swank, west village, townhouses, cool listings

Listing images courtesy of Halstead Real Estate

The charming West Village townhouse that was once home to Hilary Swank is back on the market for $10.995 million (h/t Curbed). Swank and her then-husband Chad Lowe bought the four-story property at 33 Charles Street for $3.9 million in 2002 and sold it four years later for $8.25 million, a significant profit. The current owner is Harry A. Lawton III, the president of Macy’s, who closed on the home in 2017 for $10.5 million, just under the current asking price.

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Carroll Gardens, Cool Listings

181 President Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn townhouse

Back in 2014, an oversized, four-story townhouse replaced an old garage at 181 President Street in Carroll Gardens, and it became known as one of the most “lavish” homes in Brooklyn thanks to its 5,356-square-foot layout, elevator, landscaped roof deck, wine cellar, home gym, two-car garage with a Tesla charging station, and more. So it was no surprise when it set a neighborhood record upon selling for $9.15 million in 2018. The five-bedroom home is now back on the market, asking a pretty comparable $9,995,000.

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Cool Listings, Fort Greene

266 clermont avenue, fort greene, cool listings, townhouses, historic homes

Photo credit: DDreps for The Hudson Advisory Team courtesy of Compass

Built in 1870, this historic wood-frame home on a block of gorgeous landmarked townhouses a few blocks from Fort Greene Park is asking $3,495,000. It’s had a recent renovation that bestowed updates like well-concealed central air and an intercom system and high-end finishes like herringbone wood flooring, arriving at that magic mix of contemporary comfort and historic charm. Within the single-family home are four bedrooms, each with its own bath, plus grand entertaining rooms and plenty of family space. A large landscaped rear yard joins a patio and wood deck for indoor-outdoor living in season.

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Cool Listings, Upper East Side

12 East 69th Street, townhouses, upper east side

Listing images courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

The palatial Upper East Side home that almost became the most expensive townhouse ever sold in New York City two years ago is back on the market. The seven-bedroom mansion was first listed in 2013 for a whopping $114 million and then for $98 million in 2014. It was most recently available in 2018 for $88 million and just received another price cut to (a still very formidable) $79 million. The 40-foot wide property at 12 East 69th Street sprawls over 20,000 square feet on six levels and comes with a movie theatre, saltwater pool, double-height library, and a 2,650 square-foot roof terrace overlooking Central Park.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, West Village 

17 Grove Street, wooden house, West Village

Photos by Allyson Lubow and Corcoran’s Dean DeCarlo, courtesy of The Corcoran Group

If you follow the NYC streetscape Instagram circuit, the historic 1822 home at 17 Grove Street in the West Village will certainly look familiar. Its adorable facade, corner location, and the fact that it’s one of the oldest standing wood-frame houses in the Village, all make this property photo-ready. But looks alone don’t seem to be doing the trick, as the Post tells us that the home has lowered its asking price to $8.75 million from the $12 million it listed for in April.

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Bed Stuy, Cool Listings

Listing images by DDreps; courtesy of Compass

Having last sold in February for $830,000, this Bed Stuy townhouse at 610 Bainbridge Street has since been transformed by a complete renovation. The modern upgrades live alongside restored classic details from the original 1899 construction, including a wood-burning fireplace in the living room and charming pocket doors. The five-bedroom, 3,200-square-foot property also has income-generating potential with a separate two-bedroom unit on the garden floor. It’s now asking $1,895,000.

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Cool Listings, Greenwich Village

Milbank House, Milbank mansion, cool listings, 11 West 10th Street, townhouses, greenwich village, Gilded Age, trophy homes

Photo credit: Cary Horowitz for Brown Harris Stevens.

Between Russian-born billionaire Roman Abramovitch‘s three-townhouse Upper East Side combo, Sarah Jessica Parker‘s Village two-fer plans, and the many similar but less newsworthy grandiose schemes by modern-day moguls to collect and build dream castles, the mega-mansion may seem like a sign of 21st-century excess. But the practice has a long history, as evidenced by this 54.5-foot-wide Greenwich Village property at 11 West 10th Street that just hit the market for a trophy-level $50 million, which could set a townhouse record below 34th Street, according to the New York Times. Built by renowned architect Ernest Flagg in the early 1800s, the duo was combined in the early 1900s by investor Jeremiah Milbank, creating a 16,560-square-foot, L-shaped property surrounded by 5,690 square feet of private terrace. Today, it’s been renovated from stem to stern and is ready to welcome a new decade’s decadence.

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Cool Listings, Upper East Side

Listing images courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

Located on the corner of Third Avenue, this five-story townhouse at 182 East 94th Street brings downtown loft living to the Upper East Side. With over 5,800 square feet of interior space, the residence comes with a roof terrace, separate studio apartment on the ground floor, private parking, and nearly 4,500 square feet of unused development rights. The sprawling pad was constructed in 2012 and has yet to change ownership. The property listed last week for $9.975 million and is also available on the rental market for $30,000/month.

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Cool Listings, West Village 

409 Bleecker Street, cool listings, west village

Photo credit: Dean DeCarlo courtesy of The Corcoran Group.

The single-family townhouse at 409 Bleecker Street in the West Village dates from 1860, and has had the same owner for over 40 years. The Italianate townhouse also had the good fortune of being located in one of the neighborhood’s many charming residential and shopping districts. The current owner is the widow of the late Donald E. Westlake (who also wrote under the pen name Richard Stark), a prolific American writer. The current retail tenant–trendy French fashion label Zadig & Voltaire–contributes $32,000 a month in rental income, which might make the home’s $9.75 million ask seem quite worth it.

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Boerum Hill, Cool Listings

355 Pacific Street, boerum Hill, townhouses, cool listings

Photo credit: DDreps, courtesy of Compass.

At 20 feet wide, renovated in 2016 and complete with options for rental income and indoor-outdoor entertaining, the four-story townhouse at 355 Pacific Street is offering all the benefits of brownstone living in a pretty package. Built in 1869, this quintessential row house–it was featured on the 2016 Boerum Hill House and Garden Tour–on a postcard-perfect landmarked Boerum Hill block is asking $4,999 million. Inside are lots of original details and 21st-century amenities–including many wine fridges. There’s also that covetable Brooklyn bonus of a backyard complete with mood lighting and a fire pit.

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