April 6, 2021
Outdoor space is an attractive feature in any home, but in the urban jungle of New York, where square footage is at a premium, it’s that much more prized. And today more so than ever, according to Deepti Mittal, an agent with Douglas Elliman. “In the wake of the pandemic and [with] the emphasis on being outside, buyers in the city are vying for properties where they can get fresh air and a taste of nature from the privacy of their homes,” she says. Though apartments with balconies aren’t hard to find, those with terraces large enough to be homes themselves are rare gems that come at a high price. From a rooftop garden with a kitchen in a Chelsea penthouse to a 50-foot-long courtyard in an Upper East Side garden terrace duplex, below are six listings where what’s outside matters as much—if not more—than the interiors.
The Benson, 1045 Madison Avenue, Garden Terrace Duplex
One of 15 homes in The Benson, a new development on the Upper East Side designed by AD100 architect Peter Pennoyer, the four-bedroom garden terrace duplex has an aesthetic that’s more classic than contemporary, with details like crown moldings and hand-painted cabinetry. The sprawling residence has two terraces: a smaller space off the living room with a garden, and another accessible via a pair of French doors in the kitchen and dining area that’s a 50-foot courtyard with a European feel.
Price: $13.25 million
Beds/Baths: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Square Footage: 3,404 plus 1,227 of outdoor space
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