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The Pumpkin House via Sotheby's The Pumpkin House via Sotheby's
For all the new development that has taken hold of certain sections of Harlem and Upper Manhattan, the neighborhoods' rich histories cannot be completely demolished. Many of the iconic townhouses and brownstones have been updated to include every amenity and convenience today's buyers have come to expect, but the designers make a point of keeping historic details like exposed brick, handcrafted woodwork, ornate staircases, stained-glass windows and wood-burning fireplaces. These homes offer the best of old New York and modern luxury.
224-West-137th-Street-1 All images of 224 West 137th Street via Leslie J. Garfield
224-West-137th-Street-2 Kitchen
224-West-137th-Street-3 Bedroom
224-West-137th-Street-4 Roof deck
This enormous brownstone on a tree-lined street has undergone a complete renovation. However, the original banister, intricate wood details from the late 1800's, fireplace mantels in nearly every room and large mahogany pier mirror are intact to infuse the home with character and charm. Read more.
4-West-122nd-Street-1 All images of 4 West 122nd Street via Rand Realty
4-West-122nd-Street-2 Kitchen
4-West-122nd-Street-3 Bedroom
This central Harlem townhouse designed by William B. Tuthill has a prestigious history of ownership, including a Trinidadian native who became one of the first black homeowners in Manhattan. Enter this resplendent single-family residence on the garden level and admire the exterior and interior original mahogany doors and molding. Read more.
17-West-120th-Street-1 All images of 17 West 120th Street via Douglas Elliman
17-West-120th-Street-2 Dining room
17-West-120th-Street-3 Kitchen
17-West-120th-Street-4 Bedroom
Designed by Alfred E. Barlow, this mint condition townhouse boasts period touches of 19th and early 20th centuries design and workmanship. Features and amenities include original mahogany and oak wood, wainscoting, Wolf/Sub-Zero/Miele appliances, climate-controlled rooms, Schonbek crystal chandeliers, imported Italian Marino Cristal light fixtures, built-in stereo speakers, ample closet space, Baldwin decorative hardware, designer kitchen cabinets and two gas and five mantle fireplaces. Read more.
16-Chittenden-Avenue-1 All images of The Pumpkin House via Sotheby's
16-Chittenden-Avenue-2 Library
16-Chittenden-Avenue-3 Balcony
16-Chittenden-Avenue-4 Garden
An architectural gem dating back to the 1920's, Old World elegance, artistry and design are ever-present in this three-story home featuring magnificent Hudson River views throughout. A secret garden and architectural opulence are only some of the many fine features of The Pumpkin House, so named for its jack-o-lantern-like appearance when lit up at night. Read more.
458-West-146th-Street-1 All images of 458 West 146th Street via Corcoran
458-West-146th-Street-2 Kitchen
458-West-146th-Street-3 Foyer
458-West-146th-Street-4 Bedroom
The soaring ceilings on the main level remind us that this unique building was once the historic Bradhurst Carriage House. Features include gorgeous oak floors throughout, limestone tiles in the baths, central air, gas heat, TV intercom, washer/dryer, elevator, private outdoor space and a common roof deck with city views. Read more.
526-West-143rd-Street-1 All images of 526 West 143rd Street via Kian Realty
526-West-143rd-Street-2 Living room
526-West-143rd-Street-3 Garden
This unique and stately townhouse features all the original intricate woodworking details common among the early 20th century architects for the elites at the time. Another striking feature of the house is upon entering the home from the parlor level (second floor) one is struck immediately in the foyer with the remarkable rich, stately and attractive wood-workings, followed by an entertainment and library area. Read more.
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