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Harlem Brownstone With Ornate Fireplaces and Soapstone Counters Asks $4.65M

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There’s also a La Cornue range and original mahogany banister.

Large open space with a wooden fireplace on the left and three large windows.
The loft-like third floor living area features a cast-iron support column, wood-burning fireplace, and wide-plank cork floors.
Daniel Wang

Price: $4,650,000
Specs: 7 beds, 5 baths, 4,720 square feet, 0.04 acres
Street view: A one-way street with a landmark Victorian Gothic Revival church taking up most of the northern side, the rest occupied by brownstones and apartment buildings
Closest train: 2/3 at 125th St.
5-minute walking radius: Harlem Shake, Red Rooster, Sylvia’s, Whole Foods, Marcus Garvey Park


A side view of a row of brown buildings.
The semi-detached brownstone bookends a trio of townhouses next to a community garden.
Daniel Wang

Across the four main floors of this semi-detached brownstone, you’ll find six fireplaces with intricate woodworking (and a few with small built-in shelves), a reclaimed volcanic-soapstone countertop, circa-1920s chandelier and sinks, an imported 1880s Argentinean arched wooden doorway, as well as original wood paneling and a solid mahogany banister along a staircase. One might mistake it for a showroom for historical wares, which makes sense because the owner, who purchased the place in 2014, has been slowly refurbishing it over the past six years with period fixtures from Demolition Depot (located less than a mile away).

Although technically zoned for SRO (single room occupancy) housing, the property is currently used as a single-family home, except for a one-bedroom apartment on the parlor floor rented by the owner’s friend, who is prepared to vacate when the home sells. The ground floor has its own kitchen, bathroom, and living spaces, while the third floor contains a loftlike open living area, library, and a kitchen featuring a La Cornue Le Château 150 range, a Gaggenau induction cooktop, and a commercial hood. The fourth floor has three more bedrooms, including the master bedroom with a walk-in closet and two bathrooms. On the street-facing end of both of the two upper floors, there are large windows with wood-paneled frames and direct views of Harlem’s landmark Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church, designed in the Victorian Gothic Revival style with a sandstone façade. The backyard, fenced in with reclaimed wood from the house itself, feels expansive and stretches wider than the actual footprint of the brownstone.

The property can be delivered vacant with a Certification of No Harassment that would allow the new buyer to officially convert the place for single-, two-, or three-family use—or keep it as an SRO (which the current owner opted for to save on taxes). Take the full virtual tour here.

A kitchen with counters on both sides, stainless steel appliances, and a wooden table in the middle.
In a separate food-prep area, there’s a Sub-Zero Pro fridge and ten-foot-long volcanic-soapstone countertop.
Open space with staircase on the left and a blue stove range on the right.
The rest of the kitchen comes with a La Cornue Le Château 150 range and a commercial hood.
Daniel Wang
A large room with a bed, tow windows, wood fireplace, and copper tub in the corner.
Found at the rear of the fourth floor, the master bedroom contains an original wood-burning fireplace and functioning copper claw-foot tub.
Daniel Wang
A room with two wood-framed windows, a white daybed to the left, and an intricate fireplace on the right.
The library on the third floor comes with another fireplace and can be enclosed by original exposed pocket doors.
Daniel Wang
A room with a white bed, large houseplant, and huge wooden fireplace.
Another room, another fireplace.
A black vanity with two square mirrors hanging above.
In the master bathroom, an antique vanity sits next to a steam shower.
Daniel Wang
Backyard with a long wooden table.
The backyard, which is wider than the actual brownstone, is enclosed by wood reclaimed from the house itself.
Daniel Wang