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The Open House Scorecard: You might sacrifice a doorman for the privacy of these apts

By Sara Alessi  | July 9, 2012 - 1:36PM

Who doesn’t crave a bit of privacy, especially in the middle of NYC?

Apparently, apartment hunters searching this weekend had privacy on their minds, because this week’s Open House Scorecard -- the 10 open-houses folks perusing the real estate site saved to their calendars more than any others -- puts a spotlight on units with space to retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

If you’ve got a green thumb (or hope to develop one) you might consider a $1.275m three-bedroom, three-bath condo on Lincoln Place between Seventh and Sixth Avenues in Park Slope (pictured). The walk-up (with a video intercom entry system) features a private garden, and can be converted into a four-bedroom. The duplex has zoned central heating and cooling and a full-size Bosch washer and dryer.

A $849k two-bedroom condo on East 10th Street between Avenue B and Avenue C has its own private entrance, as well as a north-facing balcony. You can also do your laundry in solitude with your own in-unit washer-dryer. The East Village walk-up duplex has low common charges and real estate taxes ($496 and $218, respectively).

You can get a breath of fresh air on your private balcony with open, southern city views in a two-bedroom condop on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 24th Street for $825k in the Flatiron district. Though not private, the full-service elevator building also offers a fitness center with a swimming pool and sauna, as well as a finished roof deck. Pied-a-terres, parents purchasing for children, gifting and guarantors are allowed. There are few restrictions on sublets, but dogs are only allowed with board approval.

On the UWS, a $995k two-bedroom duplex condo on the corner of 85th and Columbus Avenue features a private roof deck with a south-facing planting terrace. The price of this spiral-staircased duplex, which is steps from Central Park and has 11’ ceilings, was recently reduced.

In Williamsburg on the corner of Manhattan Avenue and Scholes Street is a $479k two-bedroom walk-up duplex condo with a 400-square-foot private roof terrace and a narrow balcony. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances with white granite countertops.

Check out the rest of the Scorecard below.

  1. 50 Lexington Avenue—2-bed condop, $825k
  2. 383 East 10th Street—2-bed condo, $849k
  3. 338 Prospect Place—2-bed condo, $495k
  4. 159 Manhattan Avenue—2-bed condo, $479k
  5. 201 East 21st Street—1-bed co-op, $450k
  6. 35 Underhill Avenue—3-bed condo, $879k
  7. 205 Third Avenue—studio co-op, $339k
  8. 153 Lincoln Place—3-bed condo, $1.275m
  9. 76 West 85th Street—2-bed condo, $995k
  10. 20 West 72nd Street—2-bed co-op, $1.165m

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