Building Types

BROWNSTONE/TOWNHOUSE/MANSION:

Typically one to six floors.

Non-doorman.

Built in the early 1900s as a single family home

Many were converted during WWII to create multiple apartments (3-10 units per building).

Square footage is generally smaller per unit than in a doorman building.

Mansions are wider, typically more luxurious and sometimes have a small elevator.

ELEVATOR BUILDING:

Typically six to twenty stories

Non-doorman building

Some prewar elevator buildings have an elevator attendant.

LOFT APARTMENT:

Generally four to twenty story buildings

Typically a former commercial building converted to apartments

Spaces tend to be large and open with high ceilings

Many loft buildings include an elevator, but not all

Lofts are most often found in lower Manhattan in Soho, Tribeca, or Chelsea

DOORMAN:

Likely to be twenty to forty or more floors

Full or part-time doorman

The more luxurious buildings also have a concierge that provides services such as receiving laundry and packages

Some doorman buildings have a gym, health club and/or a swimming pool

Laundry rooms are usually located in the basement, on the lobby level, on each floor or on floors 2-4

PREWAR BUILDING:

Ten to thirty floors

May be doorman or non-doorman

Built late 1800s to 1930s (prior to World WarII)

Often has exterior and interior architecture details

Common features may be high ceilings, hardwood floors, arched doorways or fireplaces

Most pre-war buildings are co-ops

POSTWAR BUILDING:

Built from the 1940s through 1970s(post World WarII)

Exteriors are usually white, red or brown brick

Most are less expensive than pre-war or newer buildings

Laundry facilities are usually in the basement.

WALK-UP BUILDING:

Typically up to five floors

No elevator or doorman

Originally built as multi-family housing, there are usually more apartments in this type of housing than in a brownstone

Typically one of the least expensive housing options.