In the early 1880's, a strip of land on the south side of West 130th Street between Fifth and Lenox avenues gave way to 28 row houses that we today refer to as Astor Row. The townhouses were the first of their kind developed speculatively in New York City, and were built on land purchased by John Jacob Astor for practically nothing—$10,000—in 1844. The rowhouses were designated as New York City landmarks in 1981, but they've faced their fair share of decrepitude in years past.
One of the 28 townhouses just returned to the market, sporting a brand new renovation. The townhouse at 16 West 130th Street last sold in August 2014 for $1.7 million. At the time of sale, its interiors had been stripped down, and hardly reflected the ornate style set forth in the row's hallmark Victorian turned wood porches.
The renovation is elegant and modern, and brought in new wood floors throughout, including herringbone wood floors on the parlor level, coffered ceilings, and marble baths. The house has been upgraded with modern amenities like central air and a washer and dryer. Of course the renovated property comes at a price: $4.25 million.
- Listing: 16 West 130th Street [Elliman via StreetEasy]
- Buy This Early 1900's Astor Row House As-Is For $1.7M Cash [Curbed]