A Striver’s Row townhouse for buyers who have arrived

By Alanna Schubach  | February 17, 2016 - 1:59PM

Harlem’s St. Nicholas Historic District, also known as “Striver’s Row,” is one of the city’s most architecturally impressive neighborhoods. West 138th and West 139th streets are known for their 19-century brownstone and limestone townhouses, which were designed by noted architects of the time. 

This four-bedroom home, listed by Weichert for $3.75 million, bears the imprint of developer David H. King, Jr., who also brought the city the Equitable Building and the base of the Statue of Liberty. The home, which comprises four floors and a basement, is one of the district’s largest; it’s currently being used as a two-family, but could be made back into a substantial single family residence as well. 

Upon entering the parlor floor, the building’s past is evident: many of its historic details have been restored. The double parlor room, dominated by dark wood, an imposing staircase, and two fireplaces, is reminiscent of a ski lodge; though grand, it’s also cozy. The 12-foot ceilings allow for huge windows to let in plenty of light—better to see the restored millwork.

The dining room feels a bit more contemporary, as does the renovated kitchen, which includes a breakfast bar and granite countertops. (No word on the appliances, though.)

Upstairs, the master and guest bedrooms come with en suite bathrooms and their own 19th century flair, thanks to additional fireplaces and elaborate wainscoting. The master bath—not pictured in the listing—includes a Jacuzzi, dual vanity, and marble tiling.

The top floor is an open plan, and the vast 22' x 7' space is currently set up as a home theater, and looks like the ideal spot for entertaining—the adjacent kitchen, with updated appliances and skylights to illuminate the area, makes it easy to cook for guests. Prospective buyers should note that there’s also potential to convert the screening area into bedrooms and bathrooms.

The garden floor, with a bedroom, living room, full kitchen, and bath, is now used as a rental apartment but perhaps even more enticing than the investment potential is that it’s attached to a two-car garage for the owner’s use. Below, a basement offers additional storage. 


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Alanna Schubach

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Contributing editor Alanna Schubach has over a decade of experience as a New York City-based freelance journalist.

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