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Three of a Kind: Townhouse Trio

Featured Properties // Feb 15, 2012

Whether on the Upper East Side, in the West Village, or across the river in Brooklyn’s brownstone belt, the private house — an enduring symbol of city life — can win over even the most dedicated skyscraper fans when it comes to luxury living. Here are three favorite townhouse currently on the market. For interior photos, check out each listing.


Where: 161 State Street
Size: 5 bedrooms/3 bathrooms
Asking: $3,300,000
Listed by: Reyn Rossington and Doug Bowen

Brooklyn Heights might have the highest concentration of immaculate townhouses in New York City, and it isn’t even in Manhattan. The homes are beautiful and well-preserved, with price tags to match. One recently sold for a record-setting $11 million. This pre-Civil War house on State Street is on the market for the first time in over 50 years, and it’s move-in ready, with 3,400 square feet of space, amazing period millwork and great outdoor space. It’s currently configured as an owner’s triplex and garden rental apartment.

Where: 233 West 20th Street
Size: 6 bathrooms/6 bedrooms
Asking: $10,950,000
Listed by: Natalie Rakowski, Tom Postilio, and Mickey Conlon

This massive Chelsea house, with 7,000 square feet of living space spread over seven floors, dates back to 1824, but the interior is anything but outdated. The exceptionally modern home is crowned by a sun-soaked solarium flanked by terraces to the north and south, creating views not normally seen from townhouses. The thought of so many stairs have you sweating? Don’t worry, there’s an oversized passenger elevator.


Where: 251 East 110th Street
Size: 2 bedrooms/4 bathrooms
Asking: $1,950,000
Listed by: Limor Nesher

If you want a unique home in an up-and-coming neighborhood, then this is it. Nicknamed the “House of Saints,” this offbeat, quirky and fun four-story home in East Harlem is configured as a triplex above a commercial space that is currently a gallery and artist workshop. The property features high ceilings, four large skylights and even a two-car garage. Priced under $2 million, the value of this house will grow with the neighborhood. Maybe it’s time to make some history of your own?