Acknowledged back in June as the most expensive townhouse in Washington Heights, this historic home at 431 West 162nd Street was met with skepticism from local bloggers. They cited its “colorful wall-to-wall carpeting” and the dearth of immediate amenities in the area. But according to city records, the townhouse has sold for $2.38 million, less than $200,000 under its $2.5 million asking price and still higher than any other townhouse in the area. Looks like Washington Heights gets the last laugh here.
Located in the historic Jumel Terrace neighborhood near Roger Morris Park, this four-story, 3,744-square-foot dwelling has a few things to brag about besides its notable sales price. The well-maintained brownstone is brimming with original details, from beautiful mantels and pocket doors to wood shutters, intricately carved moldings, and wainscoting.
The master bedroom has a large dressing area with a sink, and the spacious eat-in kitchen still contains the original butlers’ pantry. Additional features include oversized windows, tall ceilings, a rather impressive grand staircase, and a serene rear garden retreat.
The new owners have direct views of the Morris-Jumel Mansion and quaint cobblestone streets–somewhat of a rarity in upper Manhattan. Additionally, other neighborhood mainstays, like the hidden enclave Sylvan Terrace and the weekly free jazz concerts at Marjorie Eliot’s home, are mere steps from this remarkable residence.
While condos in Washington Heights have seen higher prices, this impressive sale can only be good news for the area, which should prove to be quite the draw for buyers looking to live in an intact, historic brownstone neighborhood.
Photos courtesy of Corcoran