5 ground-floor apartments in which to beat the heat throughout the steamy summer season

This loft like three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath co-op at 927 Fifth Avenue (on the market for $19.5 million) is part of a 12-story building featuring just one home per floor and has a 70-foot main room facing Central Park, a custom Poliform kitchen with appliances by Miele, Wolf, and Sub-Zero and a built-in 98-inch television.


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Ground floor New York City apartments can suffer a bad rap due to a lack of natural light, easy access to street noise and peeping peeps and, perhaps, even a spike in critter visits. But main floor flats do have one major advantage to upper story units: They tend to be many degrees cooler—a not insignificant bonus when the temps are hovering around 95 degrees both indoors and out. Here, a sampling of what’s available now.

It may be on the ground floor, but this two-bedroom, two-bath garden apartment at 236 West 24th Street (yours for $2.75 million) isn’t lacking in luxury thanks to a custom Spazzi kitchen, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Bosch appliances, Sonos speakers, radiant heat floors in the marble master bathroom, and more.

Overlooking Morningside Park, this prewar classic-8 co-op at 54 Morningside Drive (listed at $1.675 million) has a tall ceilings, oversized windows, hardwood floors, and a flexible floorplan that can create up to four bedrooms or various common spaces (think library, guest room, den, etc.).

This Sutton Place ground-floor co-op at 434 East 58th Street (with an asking price if $1.425 million) has two bedrooms, three bathrooms and a private garden with it’s own fountain, no less.

In Williamsburg, a 1,320-square-foot duplex in a boutique condo building at 440 Humboldt Street (priced at $1.295 million) features a split floorplan with one bedroom, plus the living/dining room, and kitchen on the ground floor, and a rec room on the lower level that open onto a private sunken garden.