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The Open House Scorecard: Antebellum NYC, and other prewar apartments

By Sara Alessi  | September 17, 2012 - 3:05PM

If you like prewar, pay extra special attention to this Open House Scorecard -- the 10 apartments StreetEasy users saved to their open-house calendars more often than any others this weekend -- because it showcases prewar apartments, including a pre-Civil War era multi-family home.

A $1.189m five-bedroom pre-Civil War multi-family house on Vanderbilt and Park Avenues in Fort Greene is one of the oldest houses in the Ft. Greene/Clinton Hill historic district of Wallabout. The home was constructed in 1842 and has a front porch and the original wood threshold. The front and back parlors each have a fireplace, one with a marble mantle. The kitchen is modern, but the attic needs work, as it hasn’t been touched for decades. The mechanicals are up-to-date, and there’s a garden in the backyard. The legal two-family house was featured in the 2011 House Tour. 

On East 86th between Park and Madison Avenues in Carnegie Hill is a $1.875m three-bedroom, three bath co-op in a building that was built circa 1900. The building is zoned for the desirable PS 6 elementary school and is near good private schools as well. The move-in ready prewar unit has high ceilings and newly installed oak floors throughout, as well as through-wall a/c. The duplex is a block and a half from Central Park and in-unit W/Ds are allowed. Judging from the gated windows, the lower part of the duplex appears to be on the ground floor. Maintenance of $3,027/mo is highish, perhaps due to the fact that at 47 units, the building is on the smaller side for sharing the cost of a doorman.

On the Upper West Side, a two-bedroom, 1.5 bath co-op on the market for $1.149m has plenty of prewar details, including high, beamed ceilings and original oak floors. The apartment -- located on West 79th between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues -- offers open city views and through-wall a/c. There's also a live-in super and part-time doorman. 

On the same block is another two-bedroom prewar co-op. This second-floor unit  has two bathrooms and is going for $1.295m and features a private terrace, central air and a professional cook’s kitchen. Maintenance of $1,605 includes utilities, but the apartment needs an aesthetic makeover.

For more prewar (or postwar) apartments in the city, check out the rest of the Scorecard below.

  1. 16 West 16th Street—2-bed co-op, $1.049m
  2. 330 Bergen Street—3-bed condo, $825k
  3. 60 West 68th Street—2-bed co-op, $975k
  4. 171 West 79th Street—2-bed co-op, $1.149m
  5. 71 Vanderbilt Avenue—5-bed multi-family, $1.189m
  6. 61 East 86th Street—3-bed co-op, $1.875m
  7. 2166 Broadway—2-bed co-op, $985k
  8. 127 West 79th Street—2-bed co-op, $1.295m
  9. 3 Sheridan Square—2-bed co-op, $1.149m
  10. 82 Willow Street—2-bed condo, $640k 

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