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Wash. Heights Home With Original Detail Finally Sells For $1.8M

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After four years on and off the market and a 400K visit from the PriceChopper, this charming 19th-century Washington Heights townhouse found a buyer at last. Depending on who you ask, it was built in either 1897 or 1899, but whatever, let's just call it old. Brokers touted that the four-story home at 434 West 162nd Street, which comes with five bedrooms and 3.5 baths, housed only four owners throughout its century-plus history. They included uptown notables like a prominent Harlem physician Hugh Bell in the 1930s and African-American architect Max Bond?whose wife remembers paying a mere $49,000 for the house when they bought it in 1971. Nostalgia aside, let's get to the good stuff: that original woodwork with oodles of embellishments; those iron gratings; those chandeliers!

According to StreetEasy, the median price for houses listed in Washington Heights is $1,024,500. Were this house's extra-special attributes worth an extra $800,000?
· A Rare Chance To Buy A Piece Of History [Halstead via the Daily News]
· Listing: 434 West 162nd Street [Zillow]