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
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.