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Contemporary Gramercy townhouse hides behind a turn-of-the-century facade

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The odd, but charming, home is asking $16.8 million

There’s a sort of strange and wonderful charm to this contemporary Gramercy townhouse, whose modern interiors are hidden behind a Neo-Flemish facade. Why the unusual set-up? The address was formerly home to a carriage house owned by the prominent Breese family, according to Daytonian in Manhattan, and was originally built in 1902. The modern addition was plopped atop the carriage house in 2006.

Each room in the five-story, six-bedroom home spans the entire 20-foot length of the building, offering luxurious stripes of living space. The first floor, which could serve as a guest or staff apartment (if you were so inclined) offers a home theater, a patio, a foyer, a kitchen, and a garage; the second floor has the living room/dining room and the main kitchen; and the third through fifth floors house two bedrooms apiece. Every room has floor-to-ceiling windows, flooding the 7,000-square-foot urban castle with natural light.

Speaking of natural light, the house has a ridiculous number of outdoor terraces—six, to be exact, each of which is "fully landscaped and irrigated," and that isn’t counting the roof, which is decked out with a fire pit, a pergola, a "verdant garden," and a green wall, and is ideally suited to "sunset cocktails."

Other perks include maple wood floors, 5 zones of central heating and cooling on demand, a "sophisticated" fingerprint security system, and no fewer than 5 fireplaces.

The $16.8 million price tag also includes about 8,000 unused entitled square feet, which the listing notes can be "sold as air rights, held long term, or used to extend the existing home." Sheesh.