Many row house owners in the more expensive areas of Brooklyn and Manhattan are opting to restore lost stoops, according to The New York Times. Reasons include aesthetics and historic authenticity but also resale value. A stoop adds to the sale price, said experts such as Dexter Guerrieri, president of the real estate firm Vandenberg, the Townhouse Experts, who teaches a class on how to enhance the value of a town house. Many houses lost their stoops in the early 20th century when they were chopped up into apartments. Removing the stoop let the landlord squeeze every bit of value out of the floor plan by incorporating the parlor-level entry into an apartment. The cost of restoring a missing stoop can run $35,000 to $100,000, said the article.
Stoops Grow in Value, and Not Just as Seating [NY Times]
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