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    Smile a brownstone

    Hello. I'm wondering why the speaker uses the expression, "our old house was actually a brownstone" here.
    Is 'a brownstone' not so good to live in or is cheaper than other apartments?
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    from Pluto by R. J. Palacio----------
    Our new house is much bigger than our old house in North River Heights.
    Our old house was actually a brownstone, and we lived on the first floor.
    We only had one bathroom, and a tiny yard. But I loved our apartment.
    I loved our block. I missed being able to walk everywhere.
    Last edited by frindle2; 12-Dec-2016 at 01:11.

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    Re: a brownstone

    Does this help?

    As far as I'm aware, it just describes the building material. When I visited New York, I stayed in an apartment in a brownstone near Central Park. It was a lovely, tall building which had clearly once been a single house but had then been divided into apartments.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a brownstone

    The writer uses the phrase to describe the house. Brownstones are often expensive, highly desirable houses or apartments in older eastern and midwestern American cities.
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