A New York State of Mind: Seven Timeless Townhouses

Perhaps the pinnacle of luxurious living in New York City, the townhouse offers a unique combination of privacy, space, historical details, and outdoor areas.

Refinement in Carnegie Hill

This historic 25-foot-wide townhouse dates to 1901 and has been impeccably renovated. It features six bedroom suites, a chef’s kitchen, five wood-burning fireplaces, French oak parquet floors, Savant smart home controls, a basement with staff quarters and a 400-bottle wine cellar, a sauna, a gym, a media room with a wet bar, a first-floor terrace with a grilling area, a rooftop terrace with views of Central Park, and an elevator that links each of the six levels as well as the basement.

Offered at: $24,900,000
Location: 3 East 94th Street, New York, NY 10128
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Paul Rudolph Townhouse

Beginning in the 1970s, architect Paul Rudolph transformed this historic structure—built in 1867 as part of a row of timeless townhouses on Manhattan’s east side—into a modernist gem. The crowning achievement was the addition of a spectacular four-level three-bedroom penthouse, which extends out over the street, allowing for breathtaking views of the river. The five main floors consist of three private residences, all displaying the hallmarks of Rudolph’s singular style.

Offered at: $18,500,000
Location: 23 Beekman Place, New York, NY 10022
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Classically Chic

On a tree-lined block in Greenwich Village, this light-filled Italianate townhouse was built in 1860 and was recently renovated to blend original architectural details with exemplary contemporary finishes. It features high ceilings, six wood-burning fireplaces, elegant spaces for entertaining, a gym, ample storage space, a lovely private garden, and four bedrooms, including a master suite with an opulent marble bath. The two rooftop terraces offer a hot tub, an outdoor shower, a solarium, and views of the Empire State Building.

Offered at: $18,000,000
Location: 292 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014
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Timeless Elegance

On a storied block steps from Central Park, this stately brownstone was built in 1891 and impeccably renovated by fashion designer Perry Ellis and artist Ward Bennett. Highlights of the 7,200-square-foot interiors include original mahogany, cherry, and oak woodwork; colorful stained-glass accents; multiple fireplaces; floor-to-ceiling French windows; Art Deco baths; a spectacular chef’s kitchen; charming Juliet balconies; a study or game room; a terrace; and a full basement with a climate-controlled wine cellar.

Offered at: $17,950,000
Location: 37 West 70th Street, New York, NY 10023
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Carnegie Hill Manor

Boasting approximately 10,000 square feet of living and entertaining space, a renovated lower level, and garden and rooftop terraces, this stunning 25-foot-wide manor in an enviable Carnegie Hill location was constructed in 1928 and thoroughly renovated. A respect for classicism is apparent in the marble flooring, wood paneling, and distinctive ornamental ceiling details, while a SieMatic kitchen, a gym, and a steamshower and sauna show a dedication to modern convenience. The townhouse also enjoys direct access to Central Park’s Reservoir through the Engineers’ Gate.

Offered at: $17,500,000
Location: 15 East 90th Street, New York, NY 10128
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Upper West Side Palazzo

Generous entertaining spaces with soaring ceilings, eye-catching historic details, windows on all four sides, and floods of gorgeous natural light are hallmarks of this impressive 32-foot-wide residence, tucked amid a full block of Clarence True–designed townhouses on the Upper West Side. In addition to the potential for nine peaceful bedrooms, it features six fireplaces, two park-facing terraces with dramatic views, a roof deck, and the third-largest residential ballroom in the city, ideal for banquets or private concerts.

Offered at: $12,999,000
Location: 40 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10023
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Handsome Brooklyn Brownstone

On a tree-lined street in Park Slope, this four-story townhouse has been impeccably maintained and is filled with distinctive original architectural elements. Contributing to the classic ambience are stained- and leaded-glass details, a mahogany staircase, plaster walls and ceilings with ornamental moldings, parquet flooring, bird’s-eye maple woodwork, graceful bowed windows, and a secluded garden. Among the welcome modern amenities are a chef’s kitchen with superior appliances, air conditioning, and a cellar with ample storage.

Offered at: $5,595,000
Location: 559 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
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