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New York Building Types


The homes of New York have their own classification, which we will try to introduce a little.

The most common type of house found in New York is considered a Townhouse (literally - town house). It can alson be called the best urban embodiment of the American country house for the residents of the metropolis. Townhouses in New York were built in the image of British homes, and  have appeared in the city area in the nineteenth century. A townhouse has 3-5 floors, and there is always a cellar or basement room usually located inside a small courtyard.

The townhouse was originally designed to accomodate for one family, with sometimes several adjacent houses on the same street where  all other relatives lived with their families.

Unfortunately, after World War II, the townhouse was redisgned so now it is divided in half with each building having an apartment on each floor.


Literaly meaning house of brown stone, the construction of these houses was made up of just stone and sandstone, which gave the house its brown color. Hence the name Brownstone.

Just as the Townhouse, it was originally built as a home for one family. And just the same it was later redesigned and divided, to support several times more owners or tenants than was originally planned.

Brownstone, in contrast to the Townhouse, was often built into the line, called a rouhaus (rowhouse). Today they can be found in the center of Brooklyn, Harlem, and the Upper West Side.




A Walk-up was the name given to buldings which had no lift.
They are usually no higher than only 6 floors, and are not know to have exquisite finished decor inside or outside, but they are functional, inexpensive to rent, have additional amenities as laundry, and a roof terrace or storage space for bicycles.

Hi-Rise / Luxury High-Rise 
High-rise homes in New York are all buildings that have more than 10 floors and were built in New York during the 1940s. All these buildings are equipped with elevators, a concierge, and have many more additional features. But most importantly, of course, is the view.

Made up of the New York City skyline, which you can witness from the windows of this buiding. Not only is it memorable but also incomparable to anything else.


Pre-War Buildings 
All the buildings that fall under the construction heyday of New York in the early twentieth century, before the war, are called Pre-War Buildings. These pioneers of high-rising buildings, are a  recognizable image of New York, with being built in the style of Art Deco. To help you recall its appearance, think of the legendary Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, to describe the grandness of these buildings.
Today there are only a bit more than 100 of these types of homes  left in New York, but they stand as the adornments of Downtown, Midtown and the famous Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue.


A loft in New York City is really a big flat open space that can be redecorated for any reason. Originally they had been manufacturing and warehousing facilities, which slowly began to fill up with artists and designers for creative workshops. Eventually, after a displacement of production from the central part of Manhattan, these lofts turned into offices, apartments, shops and workshops.
Today, it is the pride of New York. Lofts are most common in SoHo, NoHo, Tribeca and Chelsea.


Classification by ownership:
Type of ownership of houses in New York City means only ownership and has no relation to the type of building. Be different types of buildings can have the same ownership, and vice versa.


Rental Buildings 

Rent can be stabilized, rent-controlled or ‘free-market’. In a rent-stabilized apartment, the tenant is protected from rent increases over certain percentage per year. ‘Free-market’ apartments are not subject to this regulation.As the name implies, all apartments in rental buildings are rented out and not sold. These buildings vary in architecture – from Brownstones to Luxury hi-rises. They are run either by an owner (who would sometimes live in the building), or by a management company in charge of maintaining the property, screening prospective renters and collecting the rent.




These type of ownership is unique to New York City. A cooperative building is owned by a corporation. When purchasing an apartment in a coop building, one purchases shares in the corporation and becomes its stockholder. Coop buildings are run by a Board of Directors, which approval is required for subleasing apartments to prospective tenants. Approximately 80 percents of buildings in New York are Coops. They are less expensive to buy when a condominium, however, monthly maintenance charges are usually higher. As an owner, you will be responsible for monthly maintenance fees which, depend on the availability of additional services like a doorman, maid service, gym, valet parking, etc. Sublets require Board’s approval and a background check.

Condominium (Condo) building is a multi-unit dwelling where individual apartments are owned privately, and common areas are owned collectively by all unit owners. As an owner, you will be responsible for monthly common charges and will have to abide by the building’s policy regarding pets, installation of Washer/Dryer, subletting, etc. As a renter, you will be subletting your apartment directly from the unit owner. In most Condo buildings, prospective tenants require an approval by the condominium’s Board of Directors and a thorough background check.
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