Live like royalty and take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase a 19 foot wide historic townhouse on the prestigious Strivers Row. This well preserved turn-of-the-century elegant single family home has southern, and northern exposures. This architectural gem has a unique brownstone base with clad in iron-spot brick and matching terracotta in over 4000 sq ft. that sits on a 19 x100 lot. Designed in 1893 by architect McKim Mead & White this exquisite home is loaded with original detail. Walk into this extremely charming home and be greeted by Twin Corinthian columns and twisted balusters and unbelievable amount of details such as alcove benches, oak floors with mahogany inlays, crown dentil moldings, six fireplaces, 12 foot ceilings, built-in seating and a south facing Juliet balcony. This property has 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms and a laundry and storage room. Never look for parking again! Pull into your private two car garage and go directly into your home. Conveniently located to all transportation. Two blocks away from the B and C lines and four blocks away from the 2 and 3 express lines. Numerous surrounding restaurants, coffee shops and lounge options such as Ponty Bistro, The Edge and Haven to name a few. Take a nice stroll to the new Whole Foods supermarket on 125th street. This is a chance to purchase a Townhouse in one of the most elegant neighborhoods in Central Harlem.
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.