Listing of the Day
Location: New York, New York
Price: $4 million
A brownstone on a tree-lined block in Harlem is just about as idyllic as it gets in New York City. And this one, situated in the heart of historic Striver’s Row on the south side of 138th Street, also happens to be a landmark.
Built in 1893 as a part of David King Jr.’s development, the home was designed by renowned architect James Brown Lord and later restored to reflect its former glory. Its $4 million price tag would break sales records on Striver’s Row if it sells at this price.
“When you enter the townhouse, you see the sun coming through the south-facing windows,” says listing agent Monica Luque of Douglas Elliman. “Because it’s so wide (22 feet), it feels amazingly open,” she says.
Anchored by an elegant wood staircase, the home evokes old-world grandeur with detailing that includes wood-paneled wainscoting and doorframes. “The interior has most of the original wood architectural detail from the beginning of the century,” says Ms. Luque. “It’s a combination of Neo-Italian and Georgian styles,” she says. “You feel transported to another era.”
The Design Pedigree:
Based in New York, Lord designed such iconic buildings as the Appellate Division Courthouse of New York State located on Madison Avenue, one of the first of the Carnegie libraries, and the Yorkville Branch of the New York Public Library.
Inside the handsome red brick Georgian Revival-style brownstone, the four-story interiors bear 11-foot ceilings, five original wood-burning fireplaces and hardwood flooring throughout.
This 5,016-square-foot home has two bedrooms, four bathrooms and a top-floor loft-like space with its own kitchen, bathroom and skylight. The home is currently configured as a triplex, with a commercial space on the street level. However, the space could also be converted to a multi-unit building.
You’re fortunate if you can find street parking in New York City, let aloneg a space in front of your apartment building. This property, on the other hand, offers a two-car garage accessible from a private road in the back of Striver’s Row.
Once a hub for African- American leaders, such as congressman and pastor Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and blues composer W.C. Handy, Striver’s Row is a hallowed area of New York City listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It was developed in 1891 by David H. King Jr., who also created the masonry base of the Statue of Liberty. The enclave consists of three rows of Neo-Italian and Georgian townhouses, each with rear alleys. Situated between St. Mark’s Church and Abyssinian Baptist Church, the area is just minutes from Jackie Robinson Park, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and some of Harlem’s best restaurants and supper clubs.
Listing agents: Monica Luque and Ella Chavers Douglas Elliman
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