The Ground Floor Apartment Is Moving On Up

March 12, 2015 10:39 PM

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The Ground Floor Apartment Is Moving On Up

Ground-floor apartments with private street entrances—dubbed maisonettes in real-estate speak—are fixtures of large, prewar Manhattan buildings. Often used as office space for doctors or dentists, and sometimes a few steps below ground, with security bars on their windows, they have long been viewed as the second-class citizens of upscale buildings.

Now, developers, eager to establish another coveted class of apartments, are aiming to rebrand the maisonette. They are redesigning the units with more space, better light and upscale amenities; touting the exclusivity of their private entrances—and charging far more for them than ever before, thoug...

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