Living in a Brownstone Building
If you travel around the Northeast of the United States, you can easily find buildings that are called as "brownstone" in many major cities like New York, Boston, and Chicago. "Brownstone" is a building made of brown sandstone, which was a popular building material in the 19th Century. Over the time people started to apply the term "brownstone" to any building that has a similar style and façade of typical 19th century brownstone clad buildings.
Brownstones are usually three to five floor buildings, with a narrow width and a longer lengthwise. Originally, these were built for single-families. However, owners saw an investment opportunity by dividing the house into apartments and rent units out. Three floor brownstone buildings may have six to twelve units.
Many brownstone buildings are very sophisticated since most of them have a history of over 100 years. People find these building interesting because of their unique structure and vintage details. Even if most brownstone buildings have been renovated over the years, they do not offer the most convenience like modern high-rise buildings.