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Curbed’s 10 Most-Read ‘Truly Terrifics’ of 2023

Buy them for us. Photo: Eitan Gamliely, Marili Forastieri, Hayley Ellen Day at DDreps, Patrick Golden/Keller Williams Realty Landmark II, Nina Poon/MW Studio for Corcoran, Evan Joseph Studio

During a year when rents went especially, truly bonkers and interest rates swooped in to maim the hopes of buyers, we found ourselves hunting for apartments that weren’t just tolerable, but lovely: places that seemed at least worth the millions, or were surprisingly inexpensive for their fireplaces, staircases, and French doors; their parquet floors, parlors, and private outdoor terraces overlooking Gramercy Park. And then we found out all about their history — designed by a pair of amateurs or bought up by a newspaper tycoon; written of by Edith Wharton or photographed by Walker Evans; and decorated by eccentrics with built-in velvet sofas or boatloads of American flags. Below are the “Truly Terrific” listings where Curbed readers spent the most time.

10.

A Designed-Down-to-the-Last-Inch Greenwich Village Apartment

By Adriane Quinlan

Photo: Michael Weinstein

At the home of two maximalist designers, the kitchen faucet is yellow, the velvet sofa is custom, and the bathrooms are floor-to-ceiling terrazzo. Read the story ➼

9.

Buying at the Lombardy Might Be the Best Deal in New York

By Adriane Quinlan

Photo: Henry Mullin/Douglas Elliman

A TV news expert needed a pied-à-terre near CNN. So she converted a hotel room into something that resembles “Eloise’s great-great-great-grandmother’s apartment,” per her Realtor. Read the story ➼

8.

A Rare Corner Loft in SoHo

By Adriane Quinlan

Photo: Hayley Ellen Day at DDreps

A showroom for clothing merchants became a hot spot for Soho artists. A divorce pushed an heiress to move in. Read the story ➼

7.

A One-Bedroom Tucked Into an Upper East Side Mansion

By Adriane Quinlan

Photo: Nina Poon/MW Studio for Corcoran

The strangest thing about this apartment on 69th Street is what it used to look like: a presidential-ish suite with a parade’s worth of American flags. Read the story ➼

6.

One of the Last Private Townhouses on Washington Square Park

By Adriane Quinlan

Photo: Eitan Gamliely for Sotheby’s International Realty

Edith Wharton, Henry James, and Charles Dickens make cameos in a story about a townhouse on Washington Square Park. Read the story ➼

5.

Your Chance to Combine Two Gilded Age Apartments

By Adriane Quinlan

Photo: Allyson Lubow/Corcoran/Allyson Lubow

Two palatial apartments in a 1901 limestone mansion went up for sale simultaneously; one broker called that a “pure coincidence.” Read the story ➼

4.

A Basically Perfect West Village Duplex

By Adriane Quinlan

Photo: Marili Forastieri

A psychotherapist filled almost every inch of wall space at his West Village duplex with family photos, heirlooms, and art by friends. Read the story ➼

3.

A Frank Lloyd Wright–Inspired House in Queens

By Adriane Quinlan

Photo: Patrick Golden/Keller Williams Realty Landmark II

The Edelstein family designed their 1960 home themselves. Only they weren’t trained as architects, and it didn’t look like anything else in conservative Jamaica Estates. Read the story ➼

2.

A Gramercy Park Apartment With Two Private Terraces (and a Key to the Park)

By Adriane Quinlan

Photo: Eitan Gamliely

A theater administrator wanted a terrace, a fireplace, and moldings — but didn’t expect to actually get all three and a key to the park. “To walk into it was like a miracle.” Read the story ➼

1.

One of the Last Gilded Age Mansions on Fifth Avenue Is for Sale

By Kim Velsey

Photo: Evan Joseph Studio

The $72.5 million listing was the year’s priciest Truly Terrific and, naturally, its most ogled. But its provenance is just as grand: The home was designed by Stanford White, and it once took nine servants to run. Read the story ➼ 

Curbed’s 10 Most-Read ‘Truly Terrific’ Listings of 2023