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Two Lincoln Square Co-ops Go Head to Head

Imagine you have around $2,500,000 to spend on a place and you've narrowed it down to two apartments in the same neighborhood. How do you make up your mind? The answer is simple: you shove them into a metaphorical cage and let them battle it out until one emerges victorious. It's time for Real Estate Deathmatch.

Address: 120 West 70th Street/ 261 West 71st Street #1
Price: $2,495,000 $2,250,000
Monthly Costs: $2,668 $1,500
Beds, Baths: 3, 2 2, 2.5

? This renovated prewar apartment in 120 West 70th Street claims to be Classic 7, and it would almost qualify if that maid's room (now a "home office") still had it's own bathroom. Still, it's a very nice apartment, quite a bit larger than its counterpart (although neither one lists a square footage), but also with much higher maintenance costs.

? This garden-level duplex in 261 West 71st Street is looks a lot smaller (and lower-ceilinged), but its lower price tag and maintenance costs aren't the only things it offers to make up for that. It also features a solarium leading to a tiered private garden, a wood-burning fireplace in the wood-beamed living room and a private terrace on the upper level.

Poll results

· Listing: 120 West 70th Street [Halstead]
· Listing: 261 West 71st Street #1 [Brown Harris Stevens]
· Real Estate Deathmatch archives [Curbed]