As any Manhattanite knows, there’s a tradeoff for buying real estate inside the Big Apple: there isn’t a whole lot of space. Now, although luxury Manhattan condominiums and co-ops have the persuasive appeal of amenities and friendly service, some New Yorkers are still keeping their eyes out for vacancies in the city’s limited supply of townhomes and brownstones. So, basically, all eyes on Lenox Hill, which stands out among some of the taller Manhattan neighborhoods with its historic charm and lines of single-family homes.
Lenox Hill, the bottom half of the Upper East Side, runs from 59th to 72nd Street. Most of the townhouses in the neighborhood have been bought up, gutted out, dusted off and listed with stark prices that have defied the economic downturn. With single-family homes a furiously hot city real estate, closing prices for the Lenox Hill gems range from $8 million to $48 million, according The Wall Street Journal. A limestone townhouse on 64th Street for instance, sold out to renovators in 2002 at $5 million. Renovators added a pool, elevator, gym, and subsequently a ringing grand total of $21 million.