Townhouse pick of the week

Everything old is new again in this Manhattan Valley townhouse

The townhouse's living room includes a wood burning fireplace

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In New York City, buying a townhouse often means giving up on the dream of new. But not with this four-floor Manhattan Valley townhouse. Though it was built way back in 1905, it looks as good as new thanks to a thorough redesign, spearheaded by the NYC-based architectual firm Hariri & Hariri. Listed at $5.9 million by Triumph Property Group, the five bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home is on a landmarked street just a block from Central Park, which you can see from the property's rooftop terrace. Plus, the whole place is flooded with light, as its rear facade is almost entirely taken up by windows. 

The kitchen's as sleek as you'd expect from a renovation of this magnitude: Designer appliances abound, as do marble-topped counters. Pendant lights and a wine fridge tucked into the counter add to its appeal. In the dining room, double-height ceilings create an aura of grandeur, allowing for expansive views of the adjacent backyard garden. 

On the parlor floor, the living room is similarly light and airy, but also made homey by a woodburning fireplace and library nook above, which overlooks the garden.

 

On the third floor, you'll find the 12-foot-two-inch by 15-foot-by-9-inch master bedroom, which includes its own woodburning fireplace, two sizable closets, and a skylight that, along with two large windows, brings tons of natural light into the space. The ensuite bath comes with double sinks, as well as a walk-in shower and a separate soaking tub. The second floor is currently configured to have two split bedrooms and a family room that could double as a fourth bedroom; they're not pictured here, and one potential downside is that they all share one bathroom.

On the top floor, an additional large room that's now outffited with a wet bar could be converted to another bedroom. Or, since it leads onto the rooftop on one end, and a private terrace on the other, with views of Central Park, it could serve as a plush home office.

There's central air, as well as heated floors; the modern dumbwaiter is a nod to its turn-of-the-century roots. And the asking price dropped by $250,000 a couple days ago, so now may be the time to make a move. 

 

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