Townhouses exist in all five boroughs, but some of the finest examples in Manhattan are in neighborhoods Like the West Village, Greenwich Village, Soho, Chelsea, Gramercy, Flatiron, and even FiDi, which all feature these historic buildings. They represent a unique housing option in New York City, the rare private home. My team and I are specialists in helping our clients sell and acquire these special homes, advising clients on the value added and the unique requirements of dealing with properties in Landmarked Historic Districts which often preserve quality of life in balance with restrictions on property use and modification. That experience is invaluable to them.
The term townhouse comes from the British describing a place that a person of means kept “in town” (London), while their primary residence was in the country. It is used today to describe a wide array of homes, often built in rows, but not just pied-à-terres for the wealthy. They Many Manhattan townhomes are frequently called Brownstones when clad in the familiar reddish-brown surfacing, which resembles the original very soft sandstone rock of the same name they originally wore. Brownstone was prone to spalling and deterioration and many today are replaced with tinted stuccos. Others may be clad in limestone or simple brick. Although more rare, some wood frame buildings still exist too, and modern townhouses are also being built where zoning permits. Townhouses often offer the charm of a different era, with the advantage of complete privacy. They comprise some of the most sought-after luxury homes in our market.