Historic Harlem Townhouse, Restored to Victorian Standards, Asks $2.795 Million
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Historic Harlem Townhouse, Restored to Victorian Standards, Asks $2.795 Million

September 11, 2015

Here’s a Harlem townhouse that’s been in the news before. Its former owner, Hugh Crean, is a professional preservationist and a MET curator that painstakingly restored the house “to Victorian specifications,” according to Curbed. While under his ownership, it was elaborately designed and decorated, and eventually hit the market in 2009 for $1.595 million. It sold the next year for $1.55 million and now is back on the market again. Of course, in today’s market, you should expect the price to have skyrocketed — it’s now asking $2.795 million. The current owners don’t have it decked out like it used to be, but the house still retains its impressive interior details.

401 Manhattan Avenue, harlem, historic

It’s a five-bedroom, 18-foot-wide house that is a little over 2,000 square feet. So while it’s not a huge townhouse, it is trying to make up for it in historic details.

401 Manhattan Avenue, staircase, Harlem, historic

401 Manhattan Avenue, fireplace, living room, harlem

Those include two working fireplaces, carvings on the doorways and staircase, moldings, historic lighting, and wood floors. The devil is in the details here: everywhere you look, there’s something special and impressive.

401 Manhattan Avenue, kitchen, harlem

The open kitchen and dining room–again, not a huge space for a townhouse–is still over-the-top charming. The chandelier, the wooden breakfast bar, tile backsplash and big windows…we love it!

401 Manhattan Avenue, basement, townhouse, harlem

There are four stories total, with an entertainment area on the garden floor. There’s also a bathroom, laundry room, and a wet bar down there. The current owners have even outfitted it with a juke box.

401 Manhattan Avenue, harlem, backyard, townhouse

Exiting from the garden level, there’s a paved backyard with space for landscaping and seating. Not as impressive as the interior, but it’s still a nice outdoor area. The home is located less than a block from Morningside Park on a beautiful block of brownstones, so you’re not far if you want to enjoy the great outdoors of Harlem.

[Listing: 401 Manhattan Avenue by Kathleen M. Sloane for Brown Harris Stevens]


Photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

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