Brooklyn vs. Manhattan. It’s hard to come up with any other neighborhood rivals that are in such close proximity, with so many different retail, dining, commercial, and recreational offerings. The differences can be stark. While both have a variety of neighborhoods, Manhattan tends to be viewed as more hard-charging, higher-priced, with more Type A peeps versus Brooklyn which often prides itself on being more chill, quirky, and laid back with more knit cap-wearing folks.
These two cities separated by the Hudson River (and so much more) are going to duke it out, townhouse-style! Below is a “versus” scenario comparing townhomes in Brooklyn and Manhattan considering what you get in each location based on similar “filters.”
Round One: Late 1800s townhomes with 7+ bedrooms near a major park
17 Prospect Park West, listed by Lindsay Barton Barrett of Douglas Elliman
Square feet: 6,500
Monthly taxes: $1,934
This limestone mansion perched on Prospect Park is certainly among New York City’s most spectacular homes. With spectacular turn-of-the-century detail, the home is finished with the most modern amenities, perfectly integrated to create a seamless and breathtaking masterpiece which is both boundlessly elegant and so easy to live in. Built in 1899, and designed by renowned architect Montrose W. Morris, this mansion sits on the corner of Prospect Park West and Carroll Street. Featuring utterly glorious original detail throughout including stained glass windows, mahogany columns, herringbone floors and delicately carved mantels and five working gas fireplaces, to name but a few. Sun floods into the home from three sides, including the largest with south facing exposure. 25′ wide with stately proportions throughout, words do not do justice to the beauty of the detail and scale of this home.
Nestled between Fifth and Madison Avenues, this fine red brick and limestone house was built in 1866 by Charles Graham for cotton dealer Michael B. Fielding of the family firm Fielding & Gwynn. Four stories in height above a high English basement, perhaps the most striking feature of the house is a two and a half-story projecting bay of limestone, which rises from the garden level to the third floor. The three-sided bay is elegantly accentuated by classical details. Majestic interior bronze doors open onto a breathtaking, grand double-height entry gallery. To the left is a regal formal dining room with wood burning fireplace separated from the rear eat-in kitchen by a handsome butler service area. A charming sunroom and delightful garden can be accessed from the breakfast area of a bespoke kitchen equipped with top of the line appliances and custom wood cabinetry. A mudroom and powder room is also located in the rear. The cellar houses mechanical rooms, storage rooms, gym and a wine cellar. The elevator services all floors.
Round Two: Townhomes in lively neighborhoods with great offerings for food, parks, and close to water.
356 Sackett listed by Lindsay Barton Barrett of Douglas Elliman.
Square Feet: 4,548
Monthly taxes: $894
Brooklyn’s past and present meet in this truly remarkable six-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom Carroll Gardens townhouse, flanked by Court and Smith Streets. Here, architects were able to maintain the home’s original details, including tin ceilings, marble fireplace surrounds and ornate moldings, which were artfully intertwined with sleek, contemporary updates in a recent gut renovation. It’s no surprise that Domino and Refinery29 have featured the mint-condition, 22-foot-wide showplace.
Perfectly positioned in the heart of BoCoCa, this home is at the epicenter of desirable Brownstone Brooklyn living and bordered by the great dining, nightlife and shopping of Smith and Court Streets. Neighborhood parks and the Carroll Gardens Greenmarket dot the nearby streets, and the Red Hook waterfront, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Prospect Park are all within easy reach. Access to transportation is excellent with F and G trains nearby, plus the A/C, R and Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6/Atlantic Avenue Ferry Terminal within one mile.
152 Reade Street is a spectacular 25-foot wide mansion in the heart of TriBeCa. Originally designed by the pioneer of TriBeCa’s modernization John L. Petrarca of Guenther Petrarca, this truly unique residence has been completely redesigned and customized by Philip Koether Architects and holds historical significance being one of the first, and very few, single-family homes built in the area in more than a century. Standing seven floors high, the home consists of five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, four separate outdoor spaces and fully outfitted cellar floor.
TriBeCa is one of Manhattan’s most vibrant and sought-after neighborhoods. It is home to world-class restaurants and entertainment options, shops, schools and many famous landmarks that are synonymous with New York City. Bordered to the North by SoHo and to the South by the Financial District, it is the ideal location for those seeking a true neighborhood feeling in amongst the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to call this one-of-a-kind piece of New York City your home.
Round Three: Historic townhomes in quaint neighborhoods filled with rowhouses
222 Kane listed by Lindsay Barton Barrett of Douglas Elliman.
Square Feet: 2,400
Monthly taxes: $505
222 Kane Street, a stunning four-bedroom townhouse where classic bones and modern updates create a comfortable, contemporary quality of life in coveted Cobble Hill. Full-floor formal living and dining rooms are surrounded by north and south exposures, a stately gas fireplace and floor-to-ceiling built-ins. Classic millwork accents the soaring ceilings, and diagonal inlaid hardwood floors recall the bespoke opulence of a bygone age. A delightful rear study with garden views completes the parlor floor. Downstairs, the garden level dazzles with a spectacular chef’s kitchen. Enjoy casual gatherings in the adjacent family room with a convenient half-bath within easy reach, or head out to the lovely south-facing garden to barbecue or just enjoy the sun, where pavers and brick planters provide a pleasant respite from the city.
Situated within the Cobble Hill Historic District, 222 Kane Street is part of a delightful, block-long row of simplified 1849 Italianate brownstones featuring twin stoops and rounded doorways contrasted with pediment rooflines. Here, you’re just inches from fantastic dining, nightlife and shopping along Atlantic Avenue and Smith and Court streets. Enjoy acres of waterfront outdoor space at Brooklyn Bridge Park or nearby Cobble Hill Park. Transportation is effortless with F, G, R, 2/3, 4/5 and A/C trains and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6/Atlantic Avenue Ferry Terminal all within reach.
10 Bank Street listed by Matthew Pravade of Leslie J. Garfield.
Square Feet: 4,000
Monthly taxes: $2,301
Originally constructed in 1899, 10 Bank Street underwent a three-year top to bottom gut renovation that skillfully created a modern home with clean fluid living spaces. The turnkey smart home boasts elevator access to all six levels and uses Control4 throughout to operate lights, music, shades, and climate. A custom eat-in chef’s kitchen is powered by Wolf and Subzero appliances. In addition to the full-floor master suite, the townhouse has three additional bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms. Outfitted on the fifth floor is a media room/theater with a large skylight that floods the room with natural light. The south-facing roof terrace offers unobstructed views of downtown Manhattan and the private garden offers a second outdoor entertainment area. This meticulous and well thought out renovation seamlessly blends classic townhouse features with modern elements creating an open, stylish yet highly functional modern home.
10 Bank Street exudes everything a townhouse should; multiple outdoor spaces, an elevator, an array of bedrooms, and an abundance of entertaining spaces. Often regarded as the premier block in Manhattan, the tree-lined street is in close proximity to the finest schools, shopping, and restaurants the city has to offer.