Townhouse pick of the week

This Lenox Hill townhouse was built in 1881, but inside, it's modern as can be

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For a home built in the 1800s, this five-bedroom,five-and-a-half-bath brownstone is incredibly sleek and modern on the inside. With interiors that are airy and polished, this Lenox Hill home would be a great match for minimalists or those who want a bright, open canvas to work with. At the same time there are some features that reveal its pre-war origins, like its whopping eight fireplaces and its high ceilings, but for the most part, this home—listed for $16.5 million by Corcoran—is for those who want the feel of something new. 

The newly-renovated home's long-and-lean layout means there's ample room for separate living and dining areas, each of which are accented with bright white walls, gray oak floors, and sleek-looking fireplaces. Glassed-in staircases lead up to the bedrooms or downstairs to the basement, and parents might appreciate the ability to keep an eye on children as they go from room to room. Toward the rear of the home, the kitchen offers loads of storage space, a sunny breakfast nook, and the high-end appliances you'd expect from this price point. 

The master suite has the second floor all to itself, and its roomy contours are highlighted with three large windows and another fireplace. A massive dressing area, outfitted with built-in shelving, leads to a marbled bathroom with double sinks, a walk-in shower, and separate soaking tub. To cap it all off, there's a private terrace off the bathroom. 

On each of the top two floors are an additional two bedrooms and two baths, ensuring that everyone has plenty of room to call their own. Downstairs, the basement is finished and furnished for an additional lounging area. The listing notes that the home includes both a garden and a roof deck, and is equipped with conveniences like an elevator, central air, a security system, and radiant heated floors in the bathroom. All that, and you're only a block from Central Park. 

 

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