Brownstones Vs. Townhouses – What’s the Difference?

  Last modified on October 6th, 2018

Brownstones Vs. Townhouses. We hear the terms a lot, but what’s the difference?  Is there one? A townhouse is defined as multi-story urban house, attached or detached but usually the former, that is built close to the street and scaled similarly to surrounding houses. Technically, a brownstone is distinguished by the reddish-brown colored sandstone of it’s facade. So, a brownstone is just a type of townhouse.

And now for the visually appealing purpose of this post …

Townhouses (that aren’t “brownstones”)

Brownstones Vs. Townhouses

A stunning row of red-brick townhouses on 74th between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

 

Brownstones Vs. Townhouses

Multi-colored townhouses on 101st between Broadway and West End Avenue.

 

Brownstones Vs. Townhouses

This row of townhouses is located on 107th between Broadway and Riverside Drive

 

 

And … here are some New York brownstones!

Brownstones Vs. Townhouses

A brownstone with a dramatic bay window on 71st between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

 

Brownstones Vs. Townhouses

A row of brownstones on 89th between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

 

Brownstones Vs. Townhouses

This ivy-covered brownstone on 87th between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue sits next to a lush community garden.

 

Most of the Upper West Side apartments in our real estate section are located in brownstones and townhouses. Have a look and see if you find one you like!

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