A Victorian townhouse in New York

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This five- storey townhouse in New York City from the late 19th century is for me the house of the views.

It has been restored now after having been used for rental apartments, and at some point a clumsy renovation had converted the parlour and ground floors into a single flat with a ‘messy’ layout. It appears that Victorian mouldings still exist in buildings in Harlem and SoHo but this townhouse enjoys more detailed ornamentation than most and fortunately its elegant character has survived.

I live myself in an apartment from last century with heigh ceilings and pretty healthy mouldings. Once you have had a home like this, you can’t imagine living in a modern space again. We are trying to move still this year and have been seeing so far only badly restored apartments, new yes, but with no charme at all. This townhouse is kind of dreamy place (that garden), isn’t it?

Esta casa urbana de 5 plantas es para mi ‘la casa de las vistas’.

Se ha reformado después de haberse utilizado alquilando apartamentos. En un momento dado, sólo la planta baja se transformó en un solo piso y con una distribución algo desastre. Molduras tan especiales como aquí sólo existen alguna vez en Harlem y SoHo pero aquí se ha encontrado un estucado excepcional que por suerte ha sobrevivido.

Yo misma vivo en un piso del siglo pasado con techos altos y molduras bastante intactas y bonitas. Cuando has vivido en un sitio así, cuesta verte en casas modernas. Nos queremos mudar aún este año pero lo que hemos visto hasta ahora son casas reformadas (con mal gusto), todo nuevo eso sí pero sin ningún encanto, la verdad. Así que esta casa me parece de ensueño (que jardín, por favor!)…

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8 Responses

  1. Hach, Gudy! Ich liebe deine Posts einfach :) Ich habe jedes Mal das Gefühl, sofort in meiner eigenen Wohnung mit dem Dekorieren, Streichen etc. loslegen zu müssen/wollen. Dankeschön!
    ♥ Inga

  2. I’m so with you on that Gudy. I adore a place with character! High ceilings are a must unless you have a wall of windows and views to replace. I will always go for a character and then add some modern to a renovation. This townhouse his absolutely glorious… a dream what they’ve done! Mel x

  3. HI Gudy,

    what a great story and amazing property i have been trying to find this location for ever i own a location company called robbinslocations.com and i would love to add this property to my site is there any way you can put me in touch with the property owners? We rep some of the most beautiful properties in NYC

    Thank you in advance!

    Michael

    1. Hi Michael, sorry, I can’t you help out with this one. I found it through the net and you might have to have a look yourself.Best, G.

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