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Market Research: Outdoor Space

From a spectacular Soho penthouse to a little concrete yard with . . . possibilities.

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Photographs courtesy of the brokers.  

(left) $12.9 million
40 Mercer Street, Apt. PH1
Four-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath condo. Common charges and taxes: $4,876. Indoors: 3,515 square feet. Outdoors: 100 square feet, plus flexible living space. Broker: Wilbur Gonzalez, Corcoran Sunshine Group.

In the penthouse of André Balazs’s superchic Soho tower, designed by Jean Nouvel, the living room has a twenty-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling movable wall that opens like a window, turning the room into an outdoor space with glass railings and downtown views. A smaller (and permanent) balcony off the living room faces the sunrise.

(right) $6.999 million
108 Reade Street, Apt. 5W
Four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath condo. Common charges and taxes: $3,067 per month. Indoors: 4,000 square feet. Outdoors: 1,500 square feet. Brokers: Sharon Held and Maria Manuche, Corcoran.

The three terraces attached to this Tribeca penthouse triplex are only the half of it; there’s also a garden with its own stream and an honest-to-God lawn. The apartment itself has impeccably refined finishes. And did we mention the meditation hut, tucked off in a corner and surrounded by bamboo?


(left) $1.699 million
190 Green Street, Apt. 1, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
One-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath condo. Indoors: 2,929 square feet. Outdoors: 1,764 square feet. Charges and taxes: $1,625 per month. Broker: Joshua Deaner, aptsandlofts.com.

Every day, the pre-gentrification Greenpoint recedes a little further, and here’s yet more evidence. More than a third of this big Brooklyn duplex is outdoors, on two levels. The listing says “one bedroom,” but a pair of big rooms downstairs could easily become a second. Extra goodies: private garage, new appliances, and limestone bathrooms.

(right) $1.25 million
134 West 82nd Street, Apt. 1BC
Two-bedroom, two-bath co-op. Maintenance: $2,415 per month. Indoors: 1,000 square feet. Outdoors: 1,000 square feet. Broker: Andrew Phillips and Amelia S. Gewirtz, Halstead.

Rosebushes, peonies, azaleas, hydrangeas, and, on the back wall, wisteria dominate this huge West Side townhouse backyard. There’s even a fountain with a goldfish pond. Every room faces the garden—and it’s a southern exposure, filled with light. The apartment’s finishes are also uncommonly good.


(left) $3.4 million
350 East 72nd Street, Apt. 1-2A
Three-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath condo. Charges and taxes: $4,886 per month. Indoors: 2,475 square feet. Outdoors: 600 square feet. Broker: Betsy Messerschmitt, Corcoran.

The living room’s French doors lead to a large patio that steps down into a landscaped garden of azaleas and rhododendrons. Inside, the kitchen has a six-burner Viking stove, and there’s a private laundry room on the second floor. There’s also a 300-bottle wine cellar near the entrance—which explains that café table outside, poised for a drink.

(right) $2.495 million
417 West 22nd Street, Apt. 1
Three-bedroom, three-bath co-op. Maintenance: $2,020 per month. Indoors: 1,815 square feet. Outdoors: 878 square feet. Brokers: Rob Gross, Josh Levine, and Brian Kingman, Prudential Douglas Elliman.

This duplex is very Pacific Northwest, with lots of nicely weathered wood and a stone path winding among the greenery and flowers. The shade under the deck is ideal for hot afternoons (or breakfast, for that matter). The apartment’s bedrooms are smallish, giving you all the more reason to spend your time outside.


(left) $949,000
259 Ainslie Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Single-family house. Taxes: $123 per month. Indoors: 2,824 square feet. Outdoors: 1,500 square feet. Broker: David Maundrell, aptsandlofts.com.

With all the old lofts and new developments in Williamsburg, it’s easy to forget that you can buy a traditional one-family house, with a yard and everything. A strip of the backyard is green, with flowers and a small vegetable garden; the rest is paved. Needs an aesthetic update, but it’s roomy and the payoff will be substantial.

(right) $380,000
463 West 57th Street, Apt. B
Studio co-op. Maintenance: $435 per month. Indoors: 400 square feet. Outdoors: 400 square feet. Broker: Bob Brooks, Manhattan Apartments.

The patio is rather grim, fully paved, and walled-in, but not without character—the sort of place that only a New Yorker could appreciate. The apartment itself is in good shape, and the kitchen, unusually, is its own room. You’ll want to redo the space, but a few thousand bucks (or lots of DIY work) could produce a spectacular improvement.


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