Wordless Wednesday: Brownstones

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Brownstone Townhouses


New Yorkers lived in Townhouses during the 19th century.

19th Century Single Family Townhouses were made of Brownstone and Limestone.

The luxury apartment building was actually invented in New York in the late 19th century. In 1890 The Dakota was the first luxury apartment building in Manhattan. By 1930, 90% percent of Manhattanites lived in apartments.


West 88th Street Townhouse - Park Block


The Townhouse Market today is very desirable as single family homes and multi-family income producing rental buildings for investors.


Courtesy of: Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker, The Corcoran Group


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Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -


Mitchell- I just love these stately old  grand homes-  The workmanship has withstood the test of time. 

Sep 14, 2011 08:13 AM #5
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Brownstones...  A type of structure that we do not have out here in Silicon Valley...  So when I see them, I kinda just look like a kid in a candy store...  Kinda cool!

Sep 14, 2011 09:02 AM #6
Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Maria, Thanks, Theyn do't build therm like that anymore.

Pat, Yes that is a nice apartment.

Lenar, Thanks, Bay windows are really nice.

Alexandra, The first shot is west 70's between Columbus and Amasterdam. The second shot is West 80's off Central park West.

Hi Michele, Yes, they sure do. Brooklyn has a lot of Brownstones too.

Chris, Thanks, These were built way before the computer. lol

Sep 14, 2011 11:23 AM #7
Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

BTW: the second picture is a gorgeous townhouse for sale listed with an agent in my office.

43 West 88th Street.  It's only $7,295,000.




Sep 14, 2011 11:26 AM #8
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Oh Mitchell   I just love these Brownstones   My opinion has not changed .. They are my Sex in the City Townhomes   simply amazing


Sep 14, 2011 11:29 AM #9
Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Hi Hannah,

64 Perry street, Corcoran group

The Corcoran Group just listed the house next door to Carrie Bradshaw's 'Sex and the City' townhouse.

64 Perry Street

This historic four story 20' X 48' home was built in 1866 by architect Robert Mook. It's in the West Village but she lived in a fictitious Upper East Side townhouse in the TV series.

New York Times Article about the building. Interesting history.

Sep 14, 2011 11:41 AM #10
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

They are beautiful!!!  I'm rockin my Yankees jersey at work today.  They're in town and hopefully going for the sweep tonight.  I'll be there yelling at the top of my lungs!!!!

Sep 14, 2011 11:50 AM #11
Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Hey Kerrie,

You need one of these too:

Yankees Megaphone

You Go Girl! Go Yankees!

Sep 14, 2011 12:15 PM #12
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

I love brownstones - their elegance and grace are from another time and are uniquely "New York!"

Sep 14, 2011 04:45 PM #13
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

IMHO you can't beat a brownstone in NYC.............architecturally beautiful, love them.

Sep 14, 2011 11:34 PM #14
Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Mitchell: These are fabulous photos of a New York icon. There are no townhomes in the world quite like New York. I will allow you and Kerrie your Yankees support. The Phillies just clinched for the fifth year in a year. Hope to see a Phillies-Yankees series. Then we will have some fun!

Sep 18, 2011 02:14 AM #15
Yvette Chisholm
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD
Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500

Makes me want to go "home" to visit NYC....the architecture is fabulous.

Sep 18, 2011 02:52 AM #16
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Mitch!  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.   Have a great Sunday!

Sep 18, 2011 02:55 AM #17
Peter Preston-Thomas
Real Ottawa - Kanata, ON

I've only been to New York once, but I always love to hear about an see the "neighbourhoods."  Every city has them but I think New York's neighbourhoods are as distinctive and have as much character as any others you can find.

Sep 18, 2011 04:32 AM #18
Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Hi Ruthmarie,

I love brownstines too. My first Manhattan apartment was a fabulous limestone that was once the Gimbel family carriage house (from the department store)

Sep 18, 2011 08:03 AM #19
Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Roger, thank you, I love them too. 

Anne, Thanks, Phillies Yankee series Oh Yeah!

Yvette, Thanks, come home, I will find you a lovely brownstown ;-)

Pat, Thanks for including mei in the week in review.

Peter, Thanks for stopping by. Each neighborhood in New York is like a small town with it's own personality.

Sep 18, 2011 08:07 AM #20
Rodney Mason
Angel Oak Home Loans - Atlanta, GA
AL, FL, GA, SC, & TN

Those are great photos.  I love walking around the city seeing all of the different neighborhoods.

Sep 18, 2011 12:15 PM #21
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

These are really beautiful. What an eye opener on the prices, though. What is the typical days on market?

Sep 18, 2011 11:24 PM #22
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks Mitchell, those are some gorgeous shots.  Brings back memories of my formative years in NY.

Sep 19, 2011 04:55 AM #23
Linda K. Mayer
License # 01767321 - La Verne, CA

Someday I'm going to NY and visit... I need to see this architechture and Macy's and Cooperstown, and...  But these pictures are beautiful.  Thanks for sharing.

And at least everyone is on the right page... Go Yankees!

Sep 19, 2011 11:54 AM #24
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