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5 NYC apartments for sale with working fireplaces

  • Fireplaces are harder to find as a result of NYC's building code and prewar renovations
By Austin Havens-Bowen | October 5, 2022 - 12:30PM

This Upper East Side two bedroom, two bath with a wood-burning fireplace is listed for $2,275,000. 

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If you’re looking to buy a New York City apartment, you might want a place where you can cozy up to the fireplace as the weather cools down. Fireplaces give your apartment character and make it homey during the fall and winter months—but they also need to be maintained for safety.

Working wood-burning fireplaces are harder to come across because NYC’s building code prevents new ones from being built and older ones are often sealed off during a renovation. So if your heart is set on a real wood-burning fireplace, you’re going to have to focus your search on prewar co-ops. Gas and electric fireplaces are more common, which you can find in many new developments if that’s your thing. 

You should keep in mind that both wood-burning and gas fireplaces pose risks to your health and the environment. Wood-burning fireplaces require you to have the chute inspected and cleaned for safety—and can still emit pollutants. Gas fireplaces are considered better but they can affect your apartment’s air quality. (Here are some fireplace alternatives for you to consider.)

Don’t mind the risks and responsibilities? Check out these apartments for sale with fireplaces in Hamilton Heights, Murray Hill, West Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, and the Upper East Side.

764 Saint Nicholas Ave., #2, Hamilton Heights 

This two bedroom, two bath is listed for $849,000. Apartment #2 (virtually staged) features a fireplace in the living room and a fireplace in the primary bedroom, a picture window, exposed brick, moldings, hardwood floors, recessed lighting, ceiling fans, high ceilings, GE stainless steel appliances, and an in-unit washer and dryer. The building has a roof deck. Monthly common charges are $562 and taxes are $341.

23 East 37th St., #1F1R, Murray Hill

This one bedroom, one and a half bath is listed for $1,095,000. It has a wood-burning fireplace, built-ins, a private garden, oversized windows, hardwood floors, recessed lighting, ceiling fans, and stainless steel appliances. The building has a laundry room and storage cages. Monthly maintenance is $2,718.

458 West 23rd St., #4A, West Chelsea 

This two bedroom, two bath is listed for $1,675,000. Apartment #4A (virtually staged) has a wood-burning fireplace, 12-foot ceilings, exposed brick, dark hardwood floors, a spiral staircase, stainless steel appliances, custom lighting, a walk-in closet, and a private roof deck. The building has a bike room. Monthly maintenance is $2,238.

517 West 46th St., #PH704, Hell’s Kitchen 

This two bedroom, two bath is listed for $1,895,000. The penthouse has a gas fireplace, two balconies, a roof deck, floor-to-ceiling windows, built-ins, recessed and track lighting, stainless steel appliances, central air, and walk-in closet. Amenities include a gym and bike storage. Monthly common charges are $2,665 and taxes are $1,770.

180 East 79th St., #10B, Upper East Side 

This two bedroom, two bath is listed for $2,275,000. The co-op has a wood-burning fireplace, built-ins, oversized windows, hardwood floors, high beamed ceilings, moldings, track lighting, stainless steel appliances, and through-the-wall air conditioning. Amenities include a doorman, gym, laundry room, and bike storage. Monthly maintenance is $3,142.


Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. 

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