Townhouses: The New, Extravagant and Over the Top

Disco balls in the bathroom, 1,000-plus bottle wine storage, and swinging elliptical staircases included

“It’s a unique buyer that buys a townhouse versus another condo or co-op,” Corcoran broker Timothy Scott said. “That’s what makes townhouses special—there are only a handful of them.”

“It’s a fixed asset class,” agreed Core broker Jim St. Andre. “The limited supply makes it infinitely more interesting.”

As the ultra-high-end market sees some frothing, price has become even more important. “You’ve seen some compromising on pricing from sellers, but I think the market in general got too enthusiastic at one point,” Mr. St. Andre said. “Anyone who owned a townhouse that was 20 feet or wider downtown in the Village thought the house was worth $20-something million immediately!”

“The townhouse is the most stable part of the luxury market—it’s much less influenced by international buyers than the condo market,” Douglas Elliman broker George van der Ploeg said. “The townhouse market is dominated much more by well-to-do New Yorkers.”

38 Prince Street

38 Prince Street (Photo: Redundant Pixel)

38 Prince Street 
Nolita
Designed by Marvel Architects, the five-story 8,069-square-foot townhome of the Residences at Prince, converted from the St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, includes curved staircase, wet bar, playroom and three working fireplaces. For the first two years of residency, the owner will have free access to the amenities from the condo building next door, including the doorman and snow-removal services.
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 7.5
Listing price: $25 million
Brokerage: Core
Website: princeatmott.com

77 Charles Street

77 Charles Street (Photo: Courtesy Leslie J. Garfield & Co)

77 Charles Street
West Village
Four-story, 20-foot-wide townhouse built circa 1860 and restored with period details, including plaster moldings and marble mantles, with separate English basement currently in use as a home office. Six fireplaces, garden, parlor floor terrace and roof deck.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Listing price:  $17.95 million
Brokerage: Leslie J. Garfield
Website: lesliegarfield.com

159 West 91st Street

159 West 91st Street (Photo: Courtesy Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

159 West 91st Street
Upper West Side
Renovated four floors plus basement, seven fireplaces, chef’s kitchen, exposed brick walls, a landscaped garden and patina and millwork details.
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 4.5
Listing price: $7.5 million
Brokerage: Douglas Elliman
Website: elliman.com

19 West 12th Street

19 West 12th Street (Photo: Courtesy Brown Harris Stevens)

19 West 12th Street 
Greenwich Village
A 6,585-square-foot townhouse built circa 1845, this 25-foot-wide offering has five levels and fireplaces that have been converted to ventless EcoSmart and restored back to their original ornate mantles. Kitchen and dining room open to landscaped garden, while the skylight on the fifth floor spans the full width of the house. A 450-square-foot master bathroom finished in Italian Calacatta gold marble.
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 8
Listing price: $34.95 million
Brokerage: Brown Harris Stevens
Website: bhsusa.com

151 East 74th Street

151 East 74th Street (Photo: Courtesy Leslie J. Garfield & Co)

151 East 74th Street 
Upper East Side
An 18.5-foot-wide townhouse with Colonial Revival-style façade and limestone base. Built by John B. Snook in 1878; past residents include Henry Fonda. Six-thousand square feet over five stories. Two entrances, five fireplaces, garden and two terraces.
Bedrooms: 8
Bathrooms: 5.5
Listing price: $12.45 million
Brokerage: Leslie J. Garfield
Website: lesliegarfield.com

226 Garfield

226 Garfield (Photo: Courtesy Brown Harris Stevens)

226 Garfield Place 
Park Slope 
A 4,400-square-foot, four-floor townhome, went through gut renovation that included new casement windows and restoration of original woodwork and shutters. Brownstone façade with double doors. Garden-level eat-in kitchen, French doors that open to landscaped garden. Staircase with restored banister and ornate woodwork.
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 2.5
Listing price: $5.5 million
Brokerage: Brown Harris Stevens
Website: bhsusa.com

46 East 66th Street

46 East 66th Street (Photo: Courtesy Brown Harris Stevens)

46 East 66th Street
Lenox Hill
Twenty-foot-wide, 8,200-square-foot elevator townhouse between Park and Madison Avenues. Custom-designed chef’s kitchen, second floor has wood-burning fireplace with white onyx, polished nickel and mahogany surround. Formal dining room with a coffered ceiling, herringbone mahogany floors, linear gas fireplace and a wet bar. Wine lounge with capacity for over 1,000 bottles, plus two wine maturing cabinets and a Spanish cedar humidor.
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 7
Listing price: $28 million
Brokerage: Douglas Elliman
Website: elliman.com

171 Water Street

171 Water Street (Photo: Andrew Kiracofe)

171 Water Street
Dumbo 
An 18-foot-wide, five-level townhome with 20-foot ceilings in parlor, gas fireplaces and custom open staircase. Rear deck with built in outdoor grill, roof deck with glass rails, and private parking.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Listing price: $6.38 million
Brokerage: Sotheby’s International Realty
Website: sothebyshomes.com

186 East 64th Street

186 East 64th Street (Photo: Courtesy Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

186 East 64th Street 
Lenox Hill
Neoclassical façade with French-style mansard roof, custom iron gate at entrance. A 7,500-square-foot, 21-foot-wide townhouse with eight wood-burning fireplaces, finished basement and wood-paneled library. Three sets of French doors, wet bar, balconies on each of top four floors and a stone terrace on parlor floor that leads to south-facing garden.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 5.5
Listing price: $15.5 million
Brokerage: Douglas Elliman
Website: elliman.com

27 East 11th Street

27 East 11th Street (Photo: Courtesy Brown Harris Stevens)

27 East 11th Street
Greenwich Village
Five-story, 9,000-square-foot townhome with three gas fireplaces and four wood-burning fireplaces, two of which have original marble mantles. Temperature-controlled wine cellar, elevator and circular staircase. Twenty-five feet wide with 2,000 square feet of exterior space, including two terraces, a roof deck and a garden. Twelve-foot ceilings in parlor, pantry with dumbwaiter, elevator and French doors.
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 10
Listing price:  $30 million
Brokerage: Brown Harris Stevens
Website: bhsusa.com

26 Bank Street

26 Bank Street (Photo: Courtesy Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

26 Bank Street
West Village
Six floors plus a roof with three terraces and a garden. Wood-burning fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows. Dining room and kitchen on garden level with a wall of glass doors that lead out to a garden. Swinging elliptical staircase. Glass and steel addition on top floor with a south wall opened by a hand crank onto a third south-facing terrace. Additional steel staircase leads to roof.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.5
Listing price: $26 million
Brokerage: Douglas Elliman
Website: elliman.com

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