I love my new neighborhood! Living in Harlem is awesome, especially exploring all of the wonderful restaurants, shopping and classic, historical architecture in the neighborhood. As longtime readers of my blog know, I recently moved to Harlem with my husband and son. We love exploring all the sights and sounds around us. There’s a great “Restaurant Row” in this mecca for fine dining. Great restaurants we have sampled and given our personal stamp of approval to include: Sylvia’s, Red Rooster, Lido, Harlem Tavern, and Corner Social. Also just arrived is Whole Foods. Lots of changes to the scene bring exciting new venues on a daily basis. You can head to Mist or Silvana for some live jazz, or take a tour or see a show at the historic Apollo Theater. The neighborhood is made up of leafy tree-lined streets, the northern tier of Central Park, and many other neighborhood parks, including Morningside and Marcus Garvey Park. Harlem is also a center of academic activities, being the home of both Columbia University and City College.
I recently did a walking tour of some very special townhouses in the historic Strivers’ Row, which is part of the St. Nicholas Historic District. These brownstone buildings were designed by noted architects, and are wonderful examples of beautiful late 19th century urban architectural design.
The first stop on my tour was at 248 West 138th Street, which is listed by Ella Chavers, a member of the Lorna Leibowitz Team at Douglas Elliman.
Here are some of the highlights of this historic home:
- At 22 feet wide, it is one of the widest brownstones in the area, and provides a very spacious layout.
- A 2-car garage topped by a large patio, both of which are almost unheard of in Manhattan!
- Original wainscoting, trim, oak wood floors and many original details, updated for modern living.
- Income potential from a ground-floor garden rental unit, appropriate for residential or professional use.
- This property also includes additional air rights.
Look for my upcoming blog posts, which will feature additional properties on my Townhouse Tour of Harlem, including a home formerly owned by Noble Laureate Bob Dylan!
I am always available to answer your real estate questions.