Townhouse pick of the week

This converted Gramercy carriage house is a real estate fantasy come to life

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How much total do you plan to tip the building staff this year?

Consider this one fodder for your next elaborate "if I ever won the Mega Millions..." daydream (or if your home office-based start-up is suddenly, miraculously acquired by Google): a five-story, 7,000-square-foot, fully renovated Gramercy townhouse featuring six different outdoor areas and its own private parking garage. Built in a former 19th-century carriage house, every room features floor-to-ceiling windows, and ceilings at least 10 feet high.

On the ground floor (which features a direct entrance from the private garage), there's entertaining space that's currently set up as a home theater, as well as an outdoor patio with a fireplace.

One floor up are the main entertaining spaces, including the main living room (featuring 15'5" ceilings), a large dining room, and a kitchen that leads out onto its own terrace. (All the outdoor spaces are fully landscaped and irrigated, by the way):

The next floor up features the master bedroom, with its own en-suite bathroom, as well as a second bedroom that includes its own private terrace.

Every floor has a doorway that can close it off from the stairwell, allowing for increased privacy (and the option to turn the third floor into a full master suite if you don't need another bedroom on the floor). The top two floors include two more bedrooms, as well as a lounge (complete with a fireplace) that can double as a wet bar and powder room for entertaining on the home's spacious roof deck).

About that roof deck: It's accessible by elevator, and includes multiple seating areas such as a covered pergola and a gas fire pit.

To get a full snapshot of how the house is put together, here's a view from the back:

The house is already equipped with a Crestron smart home system as well as fingerprint-based security. And if the $16.8 million price tag seems steep, there are 8,000 unused (but titled) square feet, which can potentially be sold off as air rights. So really, if you think about it, this is a bargain, right?