Rental pick of the week

A historic Upper West Side townhouse is for rent (for nearly $13,000 month)

By Jennifer White Karp | May 8, 2018 - 10:00AM 

One of two parlors in the house at 125 Manhattan Ave.


If you like grand architecture and lots of rooms, and stairs are not a problem (or for that matter, a lack of funds), head up to the Upper West Side to check out this three-story, single-family townhouse with three bedrooms and three baths.

Listed for $12,900 a month, 125 Manhattan Ave. in Manhattan Valley has some serious architectural cred. It’s one of 12 Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival-style houses (three were demolished) built in 1886 by architect Joseph M. Dunn in the earliest row of houses in the Manhattan Avenue Historic District. 

Most of the houses in the historic district were built on sizable lots and sold or leased to prosperous New Yorkers, according to a report from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. However, the houses on Manhattan Avenue between 104th and 106th streets, including this one, were on smaller lots and targeted the middle class.

But a century-plus later and this townhouse is upper crust, with a rental price to match. 

The living and dining room on the parlor floor have 11-foot ceilings and overlook the garden.

The kitchen has high-end appliances, massive cabinets, and an arched doorway that opens to the garden. Also on this level is a windowed office and a full bathroom.

The third floor has two bedrooms with views of the garden. 

The top floor is taken up by a master bedroom suite, which includes a bathroom with double sinks, a tub, and a shower, as well as a custom-designed walk-in closet. 

The curvy staircase is elegant, but probably tricky to navigate at times.

The back patio is raised and paved, with a small planter along the back.

There are hardwood floors throughout the house, wood burning and decorative fireplaces, central air-conditioning, a washer/dryer, and lots of storage.

The townhouse is one block from Central Park and three blocks from the C and B trains at 103rd Street.



Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

Jennifer White Karp steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in NYC real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an MFA in nonfiction writing from the New School.

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