A home that has been cherished, is a home that has been preserved---and with seven (7) original fireplaces, a mahogany vestibule, parlor-level pocket doors, in-laid parquet flooring, and original hinges & handles, you can say this home has been exceptionally cherished and well maintained. Located in one of the trendiest Manhattan neighborhoods, this city townhouse offers a quiet suburban lifestyle, unmatched privacy, secluded outdoor space, and extra income all in one package. 509 West 149th Street is a 3,600 SF three-family brownstone originally built in the 1880s and is now anchored by an 'owner's duplex' apartment on the parlor and third floor, plus two floor-through apartments on the ground and top floors of the building. PARLOR AND THIRD FLOOR The duplex is a two (2) bed, one-and-a-half (1.5) bath apartment accessed on the parlor level through two large original mahogany doors. Two floor-to-ceiling windows with pocket-shutters bring in golden sunlight that warms the living and dining rooms. The majestic fireplace serves as the focal point for the entertainment space of this home, with its intricate detailing in pristine condition. Through two original pocket doors, and facing the garden through two large windows, is a bright and spacious eat-in kitchen with a center island and another beautiful fireplace with a floral demarcation. A powder room is also conveniently located on this level. At the top of a floating spiral staircase, you'll find an office nook with exposed brick, plus two (or convertible-three) bedrooms, and a full bathroom. On one side, a larger bedroom features a handsome original fireplace and three south-facing windows overlooking the top of the beautiful ash tree in front of the house. The second bedroom also features an ornamented fireplace and two large windows towards the garden. GARDEN LEVEL The garden apartment is a charming floor through one (1) bedroom, one (1) bathroom unit with a private deck & backyard. The roomy living and dining area are ornamented by moldings and a gorgeous fireplace. This apartment (and all apartments) features it's own washer & dryer and great storage space. FOURTH FLOOR The apartment on the top floor is a floor-through one-bedroom, one-bath with high ceilings and two original fireplaces. The spacious living room features three south-facing windows with pocket-shutters. The eat-in kitchen benefits from a skylight and a charming exposed brick wall. The large bathroom includes a washer & dryer. CELLAR LEVEL The cellar has a doorway that accesses the back garden. This level has been finished and contains the building mechanicals (4-year old boiler and water heater). It would be relatively easy for the new buyer to convert the cellar space into a recreation room space and create a larger apartment on the lower levels of the building. Keep the building as a three-family with double-duplexes, or convert as a two-family with a large quadraplex at the base (and a rental apt on the top floor). ROOF Roof is in good condition. The property benefits from an additional ~900 SF in air rights that can be used to create a penthouse level, or back extension, and/or a combination of either. Even if you don't intend to use the air rights today, you will always have them in case you wanted to expand the footprint. THE NEIGHBORHOOD Hamilton Heights is one of Manhattan's hottest neighborhoods right now. 509 West 149th Street is between Amsterdam and Broadway and in the middle of one of the most sought-after markets for new retail/commercial tenants. You will enjoy local establishments such as Harlem Public, At the Wallace, The Honeywell, Uptown Bourbon, The Chipped Cup, Hamilton's, Hand Pulled Noodle, Bono, Mama Sushi, Barepas, River Thai & Beyond, Mumbai Masala, Chopped Parsley, Solace Bar & Grill, Anchor Wine Bar, P&M Classic Pizza, and so much more. OTHER NOTES This is a legal three-family with Certificate of Occupancy on file with the department of buildings. Clear title, delivered free and clear at closing. All apartments have their own washer and dryers. Marble tiled bathrooms in duplex and top floor. Original claw-foot tubs are also included with the sale. Showing by appointment only - no open houses. Please call for access.
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$2,595,000 / $720 per ft²

Last Asking: Jun 02, 2020

4 Beds / 3.5 Baths / 3,600 ft²

Total Monthly expenses: $900

Maintenance: - / R.E. Taxes $900

Other Details:

Three Family

Lot Size: 17.5' x 99.92' Built: 18.0' x 49.0'

Zoning: C0

Exclusively listed with: Compass


(617) 833-5668


(646) 316-9121

Listing Courtesy of Compass

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