Historic Harlem townhouse combo seeks record-breaking $27M
A record-shattering listing just hit the market: twin adjacent townhomes in Harlem are seeking a whopping $27,000,000 for both properties. The homes are currently independent but could be combined into a rather impressive megamansion. The price is unparalleled in the area and five times the record selling price of a Harlem townhouse, which sold last February for $5.1 million. As Mansion Global reported, listing agent Siddiq Patterson of the Corcoran Group said he believed the price was justified by the property’s scale and storied past. “The bones and the history is something you just don’t get” with other homes in the area, he stated.
The townhouses were formerly part of the Dwight Mansion, a grand Renaissance Revival-style compound of four attached townhouses dating back to 1888. They were owned by John Dwight, the founder of the company that created Arm & Hammer baking soda. 32 Mount Morris Park West was built for John Dwight’s youngest daughter, Clara Dwight, and her husband, General Alexander Phoenix Ketchum, who was a commander under Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. 33 Mount Morris Park West was built for John Dwight’s son. That home was most recently owned by Loretta Abbott, one of the founding members of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company.
The current seller, Brad Linard, an interior designer, bought 32 Mount Morris Park West for $1.55 million in 2005 and did a gut renovation that cost approximately $2.5 million. In 2016, Loretta Abbott passed away and Linard bought her house for $2.8 million to keep it from the hands of developers.
The freshly renovated 32 Mount Morris Park West boasts 14-foot ceilings, five bedrooms, two kitchens, a kitchenette, a 2,400-foot roof deck, a garden, and a gym. The thoughtful, sleek renovation was designed to complement some of the original details, including parquet hardwood floors, dentil and cove moldings, medallions, and original fireplaces that have been beautifully preserved.
The kitchen includes a Sub Zero double oven and fridge, Miele espresso machine, and beautiful granite counters.
The home has an extravagant master suite that features a marble fireplace, an elegant bathroom with a floating tub and radiant heated floors, and a huge walk-in closet.
While the two properties are almost identically laid out with 5 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, and 2 half baths, 33 Mount Morris Park West hasn’t been renovated. It has a very unique draw nonetheless: an observatory on the roof that was built by John Dwight himself.
Combined, the homes would add up to 18,000 square feet (approximately 3,000 square feet per floor) and a grand total of 17 fireplaces!
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Images courtesy of Corcoran Group