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April is Sell Your Charming Upper West Side Townhouse Month

What would a 20' wide historic townhouse with great bones, a private yard and a location a few steps from Central Park fetch on the Upper East Side? Probably more than the price of these two new-to-market westsiders combined. But that doesn't make these brownstones, separated by one block, any less lovable. Just before Tax Day, the 6,738-square-foot Renaissance Revival house at 53 West 87th Street was listed for $6.95 million. Owned by actress and director Judith Ivey, the single-family home dates back to 1892, and we're guessing the 6 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms didn't have multi-zone central air conditioning back then. But they did have the wainscotting, molding, windows, floors and fireplace mantels still seen in the house today. Now, let's peek inside the competition.

Equally fresh to the Upper West Side townhouse market is 25 West 88th Street, which the listing helpfully informs us is in the Queen Anne style. The configurations is different from 53 West 87th Street?this one is set up as a quadruplex with four small one-bedroom apartments on the top two floors?and so is the price: This 6,100-square-footer is asking a very specific $5,999,500. The seller, a financial world type, bought the house in 2007 for, whoopsie, $6.55 million. This one needs more work than the pad on 87th Street, but the potential for single-family conversion is there ( the listing says the house will be delivered vacant). So, take 'em both and build an underground tunnel? Of course not. That's just silly. You've gotta go skybridge in that situation.
· Listing: 53 West 87th Street [Garfield]
· Listing: 25 West 88th Street [Corcoran]