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If you’re looking to buy a New York City apartment right now, you may have your heart set on a place with a working fireplace as the weather cools down and the holidays get closer. They’re aesthetically pleasing year-round and give an apartment character—but they also require some maintenance and safety precautions.
And they’re harder to find these days: Currently, there are over 1,100 listings with a fireplace on StreetEasy. New wood-burning fireplaces cannot be built because of NYC’s building code, so your best best is to search prewar co-ops or renovated condos (even there you may be out of luck: Condo renovations often mean fireplaces are removed or sealed up. Still, a non-working fireplace is nice to look at and gives a room a focal point.) Gas fireplaces are an option if you prefer new construction.
Keep in mind that wood-burning fireplaces aren’t very environmentally friendly and you must use wood with a moisture content of 20 percent or less because of the city’s clean air initiative (even gas fireplaces can emit dangerous pollutants like carbon monoxide). You also need to have the fireplace inspected and cleaned every season—and have the flue cleared. (Here are more tips on how to prep your fireplace for the winter season).
But, if you really want the experience—or just the look—here are five Manhattan apartments on the market that feature a fireplace, including a Lenox Hill co-op and a Chelsea duplex apartment.
81 Irving Place, #16A, Gramercy Park
This one bedroom, one bath is asking $1,450,000. The co-op has a wood-burning fireplace plus a south-facing terrace, beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, restored steel casement windows and doors, split-system air conditioning, stainless steel appliances, and prewar details. Amenities include a doorman, live-in super, laundry room, and storage. Gramercy Park and Union Square are nearby.
781 Fifth Ave., #2307, Lenox Hill
This one bedroom, one and a half bath is asking $1,995,000. Apartment #2307 has a fireplace with a marble mantel and parquet floors, coffered ceilings, oversized arched windows, crown molding, and a barrel-vaulted foyer. Located in the Sherry Netherland, amenities include a 24-hour doorman, live-in super, concierge, gym, and bike storage. Monthly maintenance includes twice-daily housekeeping. Central Park is across the street.
438 West 23rd St., #1A, Chelsea
This two bedroom, two bath is asking $2,650,000. The duplex apartment has a wood-burning fireplace plus hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, surround sound system, auto-controlled blinds, stainless steel appliances, an in-unit washer/dryer, and a two-level garden. The High Line and Clement Clarke Moore Park are nearby.
607 West End Ave., #16A, Upper West Side
This three bedroom, three bath is asking $2,995,000. Apartment #16A has an original stone fireplace plus herringbone hardwood floors, high ceilings, large windows, built-in shelves, sconce lighting, stainless steel appliances, two built-in work stations, and an in-unit washer/dryer. Amenities include a full-time doorman, elevator operator, resident manager, bike storage, and storage bins. Riverside Park is nearby.
2 Horatio St., #4G, West Village
This two bedroom, two bath is asking $3,000,000. The apartment has a wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floors, high beamed ceilings, walk-in closets, built-in shelves, a custom-designed bar, picture rails, steel door frames, and stainless steel appliances. Amenities include a 24-hour doorman, live-in resident manager, laundry room, bike storage, and storage. Jackson Square and The Whitney are nearby.
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