by INHABIT EDITORS
Throw a log or two on the flames
at these Corcoran listings.
While fireplaces can be strictly for decoration, few will disagree that it’s way better when they’re not. Why waste time queuing up a YouTube video of a burning yule log when you can opt for the real thing (with far less targeted, unskippable advertisements)? Particularly at this time of year, not much can compete with the warm glow and cozy heat emanating from a wood-burning fireplace.
But that comfort need not be reserved for the Hudson Valley farmhouses or the Brooklyn townhouses. In a world where gas-fueled setups tend to reign, these marvelous Manhattan apartments boast wood-burning ones that stoke the flames of undeniable appeal.
This Rosario Candela-designed residence is a prewar delicacy. Arched doorways, parquet flooring, beamed ceilings, leaded glass windows, built-in shelving — it’s a what’s what of desirable details. And then, of course, there’s its fireplace, an ageless wonder clad in a brick hearth and resolute wood mantel. However, perhaps the most enduring elements of the c.1928 co-op are its five closets spread across the entry hall, two ensuite bedrooms, and more. As a bonus, the home occupies a corner of the Upper West Side, around halfway between natural wonder Central Park and cultural icon Lincoln Center.
Cozy up to this Greenwich Village duplex penthouse. Its living room feels simultaneously classic and modern, a dynamic encapsulated by a timeless wood-burning fireplace sitting within a sleek honed gray granite surround. Joining alongside are the hardwood floors and exposed brick walls you’d endeavor to find when living in The Village — not to mention the historic, c.1897 building itself. Fireplace flames and windows facing east and north warm this space that expands into a crisp dining area and windowed kitchen. Two bedrooms occupy the second floor, and the cherry on the literal top is a lush private roof deck boasting cityscape panoramas.
Effortlessly entertain in the fireplace’s glow at this prewar Upper East Side co-op. Underneath beamed ceilings, the stately wood burner anchors an elegant living room. The toastiness continues across herringbone floors into the grand dining room — adjoining via French doors. An eat-in kitchen is stocked with cabinets galore, presenting many options for storing your hot cocoa supplies. Cross a wide gallery and proceed from communal space to the home’s bedroom wing, complete with a library. Yet, even if you’re keeping active at the building’s gym or basketball court, you’ll always end up back in front of the fire, cocoa in hand.
Lounging with your feet up on the couch rarely looks as luxuriant as beside the fireplace at this Tribeca duplex penthouse. An intricately carved mantel frames the flames, whose warmth rises from the baseboard wainscoting to the crown moldings set 14 feet up. As if that weren’t alluring enough, floor-to-ceiling glass bathes the space in natural light and opens to a terrace looking south over the downtown cityscape. Feeling more uptown-minded? Shift views across this level to a north-facing terrace outfitted with a full-size barbecue, an outdoor television, and all the space you need for entertaining al fresco.
There’s only one thing to get down about over this Gramercy two-bed, and it’s the highlight of the home. The sunken living room is a dream setup for gathering ‘round, particularly with a stone mantel wood-burning fireplace establishing a foothold. Ample functional area rises over the fireplace along an exposed brick wall, ideal for the floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall bookshelf currently occupying that space — and this is prime territory for curling up to read. A primary bedroom also awaits on this slightly lower level — right past the immense original wood beam. Everything else, including a kitchen outfitted in custom cabinetry, sits only a few steps upward.