Townhouse pick of the week

This 120-year-old townhouse is the priciest listing in Hamilton Heights

By Alanna Schubach | November 15, 2017 - 1:00PM 

The living room includes a dreamy library.


In September, we took a look at Hamilton Heights, a subsection of Harlem where property values have been soaring. This four-bedroom, four-bath townhouse has soared particularly high. Listed by Corcoran for $5.25 million, the priciest in the neighborhood, the house last sold for just $1.125 million in 2013.

The nearly 5,000 square foot house has a rich history, not to mention an 860-bottle wine room in the basement.

Since it was built in 1898, the house has had only three owners, and directors have noticed its appeal: several TV shows and movies have filmed here, including Law and Order and the Julianne Moore film Still Alice. Huge windows, prewar details, and high-end fixtures render the house quite cinematic today: 

 The townhouse, built in 1898, is listed for $5.25 million. 

The townhouse, built in 1898, is listed for $5.25 million. 

On the ground floor, an entry foyer opens onto the living room, featuring large bay windows and a working fireplace with a marble mantle, as well as a library with built-in bookshelves and a wet bar (see top image). Book club, anyone? 

On the second floor is another living area, similarly outfitted with bay windows, a fireplace, and classic-looking crown moldings. Pass through an open dining room into the kitchen, which has a double-wide range, a large island, and abundant cabinetry. There's also a half bath on this level. 

The four bedrooms are on the top two floors. The master has a walk-in closet with an en-suite bathroom, which features heated floors, a walk-in shower with marble tile, and a separate tub. There are two more full bathrooms on these levels, and the top floor is illuminated by a skylight and has a laundry room with a washer and dryer. 

The finished basement looks great for entertaining, with a game room and a bar, as well as the aforementioned wine storage. 

A roof deck has ample room for seating and taking in the views of upper Manhattan, and the backyard offers further outdoor space. The house also has central air and heat, and storage space in the basement. 


Alanna Schubach

Contributing writer

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

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