Updated 8 days ago
In contract
Will Marion Cook House
Harlem, Manhattan | Adam Clayton Powell Blvd & Frederick Douglass Blvd
11 Rooms6 Beds3 Baths4,480 Square FeetMulti-Family

floors / apts4 / 2
Lot Size32'x99'
Built Size20'x56'
Building TypeTownhouse
RE Taxes$12,324
Price Per SF

Listing Features

  • Original Details
  • WBFP

Outdoor space and views

  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Patio

Building Amenities

  • Alarm System
  • Garage

Property Description

Welcome to 221 West 138th Street, a 20 foot wide Georgian-style two-family townhouse ideally located in the heart of St. Nicholas Historic District, also known as Strivers’ Row. Very rarely do corner, triple-exposure homes come to market on the renowned block, frequently referred to as the best block in Harlem. This historic townhouse is one of eight corner homes on Strivers Row and one of the few on a 32’ wide lot with a private garage and parking for two additional cars. It is a true home of Harlem heritage as it was once owned by Will Marion Cook. Currently positioned as a two family home, it presents the perfect opportunity to live with income, have an in-law suite, or renovate into a single family and utilize all of the square footage. The property, a rarity for Harlem, has been fully renovated top to bottom within the past several years with new electric, plumbing, central air, bathrooms, kitchens and facade. Save yourself the headache of renovating and move right into this turnkey home. This property is ideally located just a short walk from the 2/3 subway line on Lenox Avenue and the C and B subway lines on Saint Nicholas Avenue, offering you the opportunity to access Midtown Manhattan effortlessly. In the heart of central Harlem, Strivers’ Row remains as one of the most desirable places to purchase uptown. This property benefits from its proximity to major academic institutions, such as Columbia University and its Manhattanville Expansion Project and City College of New York.

Listing History

Contract Signed by Ian Slater
$3,995,000 [-$505,000] [11.2%]
Price Drop by Ian Slater

Building Details

Building TypeTownhouse
Year Built1891
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Transit and Citi Bike


135 St
0.23 miles
135 St
0.28 miles
145 St
0.41 miles
145 St
0.48 miles

Citi Bike

Adam Clayton Powell Blvd & W 138 St
0.08 miles
Frederick Douglass Blvd & W 139 St
0.11 miles

Harlem | Manhattan

Quick Profile

The neighborhood called West Harlem by the locals is known as Manhattanville to neighborhood newcomers. The area is culturally diverse and might be considered a microcosm of the city as a whole. 

Columbia University has recently expanded into the area, which is attracting student residents from all over the world. Together with students from the City College of New York and young professionals fleeing higher prices in other neighborhoods, this influx of younger residents has brought with it more restaurants and bars on W 125th Street to serve this clientele. There are also new ventures, like a rock-climbing gym, to cater to the interests of these students and young professionals. At the same time, there are many small, family-owned shops and restaurants that have been anchors of the neighborhood for multiple generations.

The area has been through a housing upgrade, as older properties have been renovated and abandoned properties have been razed to make room for new development. There are still reasonably priced apartments available. Young professionals are finding that there is a certain cachet to living in West Harlem. It provides a convenient commute to the city and all of its amenities, while providing a sense of escape at the end of a long work day.

While rentals are popular with the student population, the young professionals are delighted to find pre-war brownstones, pre-war co-ops (including some income-capped HDFCs for lower- and middle-income buyers), and post-war condos that they can afford, although prices are rising. Some new low-rise developments, sporting virtual doormen and desired amenities, are cropping up.

All information furnished regarding property for sale, rental or financing is from sources deemed reliable, but no warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy thereof and same is submitted subject to errors, omissions, change of price, rental or other conditions, prior sale, lease or financing or withdrawal without notice. All dimensions are approximate. For exact dimensions, you must hire your own architect or engineer.
OLR ID: 31778TH