Here’s a rare opportunity to own one of the gorgeous neo-Tudor townhouses on Convent Avenue in Hamilton Heights. Built in 1890 and offered for the first time in 50 years, 327 Convent Avenue is asking $3.7 million. Located a gorgeous block steeped in history (Alexander Hamilton’s country estate was originally just one block away), this six-bedroom home is nearly 5,000 square feet with tons of original details and a sun-drenched backyard.
Alexander Hamilton’s home, the Grange, as seen in 1889, from the Museum of the City of New York
In 1974, the Landmarks Preservation Commission created the Hamilton Heights Historic District, the “spine” of which is Convent Avenue. The neighborhood began as a 400-acre farm in 1639. In the 18th century, its beautiful views attracted Manhattan’s wealthy merchants, and in the following century, it became part of Alexander Hamilton’s property. He built his country home, called the Grange, on Convent Avenue. (It has since been moved two blocks to a larger setting on a hillside setting near St. Nicholas Park.) In the 1930s, affluent Black families moved to the Historic District, many of whom still live in the neighborhood.
Architect Adolph Hoak built all the homes on Convent Avenue from 320 to 330. As the LPC report explains, numbers 323 and 327 are “a fascinating translation of Tudor half-timber into brick and stone.”
The grand entrance has an old-school receiving room with large mahogany pocket doors, parquet floors with Mahogany inlays, and an elegant stairway fitting for the grand piano beneath it.
The home’s 12-foot high ceilings all have original crown molding. The elegant dining room has an original fireplace and mantle with the kitchen off to the side.
There are three fireplaces on the main floor, all with original mantles. The home’s north and south facades are comprised of oversized windows with functioning shutters.
There are a total of six bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, six fireplaces, and a 15-foot skylight on the upper floors.
The house is currently configured as a two-family home but could easily become a single family home again. The one-bedroom garden-floor apartment has access to the backyard (which could be much more charming with a bit of real landscaping).
Listing agent, Tay Tiwoni says, “It’s very rare that these homes become available and when they do they get snatched up quickly. One of the highest sales in the neighborhood took place right across the street 326 Convent Ave which sold for $5 million in 2016. Convent Avenue is an extremely quiet and peaceful street.”
There are tons of restaurants on Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway. The home is two blocks from the A, B, C and D lines on 145th St. on Saint Nicholas Avenue and the 1 train on 145th St. and Broadway.
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Photos courtesy of the Corcoran Group