Townhouse pick of the week

This historic Washington Heights townhouse looks move-in ready

The parlor level has gas fireplaces with original wood mantels in every room.


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This 1890s Washington Heights townhouse has been lived in by the same family for 50 years. Listed for $2,999,000, 630 West 158th St. is just off Riverside Drive and borders the Audubon Park Historic District, an area that was once the farm of John James Audubon, the naturalist and painter. The house is one of 12 late 19th-century townhouses on West 158th that neighborhood preservationists are looking to landmark.

The listing describes it as needing no renovation, and it does look pretty turnkey. 

A legal two-family, the 19-foot-wide townhouse has a renovated one-bedroom apartment on the garden level that opens onto the backyard.

The house has original wood mantels and decorative gas fireplaces in every room, decorative plaster ceilings, paneled doors, and wood floors. 

The owner's apartment has a large eat-in kitchen with Silestone quartz counters, a farmhouse sink, and access to a rear deck that overlooks the garden. A renovated powder room is also on this level. 

The second floor has two bedrooms (including the master, which features a walk-in closet) a bathroom with a new claw foot soaking tub and decorative tiles, and a stacked washer-dryer. 

The third floor has two more bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom, and there's also an office.

The house has central air and a sprinkler system, and new windows. 

It's two blocks from the 1 train at 157th Street. The C is two avenues over at 155th. Eating and shopping are close by on Broadway and Amsterdam, and the location is prime for students and employees of nearby institutions include Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian, City College and Yeshiva University.

The Hudson River Greenway is also nearby.