Types of housing in New York are characterized by variety, as well as inhabitants. Here are the different housing styles that expats will find in New York:
Pre-war buildings were constructed before World War II. They are renowned for their quality of craftsmanship, attention to detail, and architectural splendor. Some still employ an elevator operator and may or may not provide a do
orman or laundry facilities. It’s not unusual to sometimes hear every step of your neighbors above are making in a pre-war apartment.
Any building constructed from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s is referred to as a post-war property. Almost all have elevators and laundry facilities; many will have doormen. Post-war buildings generally have larger windows.
This term usually refers to buildings constructed in the 1980s. They tend to have an abundance of glass and steel, parquet tile floors, and bigger closets than post-war buildings. They might offer amenities like a health club, swimming pool and meeting room.
Ten years old or less, newer luxury buildings tend to feature marble tile bathrooms and state-of-the-art granite kitchens. Many offer video security systems, on-site health clubs and many other amenities.
Constructed in the early 20th century, a walk-up is a three- to six-story building. As the name implies, they do not have an elevator, and most do not have laundry facilities. There is no doorman, and security is generally a locked double-door with an audio or video intercom to welcome guests.
This refers to buildings with elevator service. They have often more than six stories. There is no doorman and security is provided by an audio or video intercom system.
While some buildings that provide a doorman are pre-war, most are newly constructed high-rises containing a variety of amenities including laundry facilities, concierge, valet and maid service, health clubs, swimming pools, lounges and parking facilities. Doorman buildings can also offer a part-time doorman only.
The name was derived from the brownstone materials used in the construction of single family homes in the early 20th century. Brownstones will have a street entrance to the ground floor half a story below street level but ground level with the garden at the back of the house. The first floor can be accessed inside from the ground floor or from the street. Brownstones often offer plenty of unique and charming details.
Built as upscale private homes, townhouses are usually three or four stories high. The townhouse offers amenities more associated with a house than an apartment. Most contain very desirable amenities, such as private backyards, terraces, fireplaces and charming details.
These are usually commercial buildings that have been converted to residential dwellings. Most of them are located in neighborhoods like Chelsea, Soho and Tribeca, though today, they can also be found in some parts of Harlem. Most have tall windows and open living space. Many have self-service elevators. They originally had been created for artists.