Townhouse pick of the week

This East Village townhouse combines old, new, and a lot of green space

By Mimi O'Connor | April 11, 2018 - 12:00PM 

The building dates to the 1880s.


263 East 7th St. is a late 19th century townhouse renovated by the architect of the DIA Beacon Museum with a modern addition. That kind of pedigree will cost you: The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath, two-family house is listed for $6,495,000. 

Currently configured as an owner's duplex with an upper-level rental with a roof deck, the 25-foot building is zoned for three units, and could also be converted to a one-family if desired. 

The townhouse has 4,900 square feet of interior space, and 2,400 square feet of outdoor space. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the addition provide striking views.

The kitchens have been renovated, and at least one bathroom has been as well, with white tile, a skylight, a soaking tub, and a rainfall shower head. 

There are also wood-burning fireplaces, exposed brick, beamed, cathedral ceilings, and original wide-planked oak floors. These traditional features contrast with polished concrete, ebonized oak, and cedar. 

There are outdoor spaces galore, including a terrace, the roof deck, and the shady, bamboo-filled back yard. 

Located between avenues C and D, the townhouse is a block as the crow flies from the East River and the closest subways are the J, M, Z, and F at Delancey-Essex and the L at First Avenue, both a 15-20 minute walk away. The M9 bus runs up and down Avenue C, with service to the Financial District and Kips Bay.

Tompkins Square Park is a few blocks away, as is the John V. Lindsay East River Park.



Mimi O'Connor

Contributing Writer

Mimi O’Connor has written about New York City real estate for publications that include Brick Underground, Refinery29, and Thrillist. She is the recipient of two awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for interior design and service journalism. Her writing on New York City, parenting, events, and culture has also appeared in Parents, Red Tricycle, BizBash, and Time Out New York.

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