Of the 2,072 single-family Manhattan residences built before 1920, nearly half have never been renovated. Those homes present some challenges for the folks tasked with selling them — but often surprises as well.
Brokers might find herringbone flooring beneath wall-to-wall carpeting, a marble mantle behind a coat of paint or antique mirror doors hidden away.
“That’s one of the thrills,” said Cathy Franklin, a broker for Corcoran.
Those involved in selling large properties owned by a single family say a key is making the most of unexpected discoveries.
Lee Stahl, president of renovation firm The Renovated Home, has torn down a wall to find high ceilings and natural light waiting