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Prettiest NYC homes that hit the market this week

Among them are a duplex within a former YMCA building and a couple of stately mansions

Every week, Curbed covers dozens of market listings that vary in price, location, size, grandeur, quirkiness, and other distinct characteristics. If they managed to capture our attention, that means there’s definitely something special going on. But some of these homes are so lovely that they warrant a special kind of notoriety as some of the prettiest homes currently up for sale in New York City. And so, here it is: four listings that have that special "je ne sais quoi" that separates them from the rest. Happy gawking!

↑The contemporary duplex within the onetime McBurney YMCA has four bedrooms and three bathrooms (plus a powder room), along with features like a large staircase connecting its two levels and a chef’s kitchen with an extra-long counter, asking a steep $14.5 million.

↑The four-story Harlem brownstone, asking $3.65 million, was originally constructed in 1900 and received modern upgrades around 2012 that brought amenities like heated floors and central air conditioning about while adding a sixteen-foot extension onto the ground and parlor floors. Across its five floors, there are at least four bedrooms (each one en-suite), five bathrooms, six original fireplaces, and a great deal of original moldings and pocket shutters.

↑In features that are all befitting of a stately and grand Upper East Side mansion, this $18.5 million home comes with a south-facing landscaped garden on the ground floor; a library and a formal living room on the second floor fitted with a wood-burning fireplace, and 11.8-feet-tall ceilings; a 340-square-foot terrace, also on the second floor; a master-bedroom with seven built-in wardrobe closets on the third floor; and so much more.

↑The Emery Roth-designed co-op along East 49th Street between Lexington and Third avenues is canvassed in prewar details like crown moldings and beamed ceilings, built-in shelving in the kitchen and living room, and a generous mantle surrounding a decorative fireplace. It’s going for $695,000.