This renovated, turn-key townhouse at 133 West 122 Street in Harlem combines 4,745 square feet of gorgeous historic details with the space and convenience of a modern mansion in one low-commitment rental opportunity for $12,950 a month. This uptown stunner was built in the 1880s by architect Francis Kimball; a recent renovation by David Mann brings contemporary chic and 21st-century comfort to the home’s five bedrooms and five stories of living space, all while highlighting historic details like stained glass transoms, inlaid floors, and a whopping seven decorative fireplaces.
Between seven decorative fireplaces, dazzling parquet floors, millwork and moldings, stained glass transoms, and pocket doors with inlaid windows, the house strikes a balance between historic preservation and livability for a modern family. The latter is evidenced in clean lines, custom shelving, sleek tiles and countertops in kitchens and baths and details that highlight the home’s high ceilings.
The garden floor is accessed under the stoop and begins with the rare city bonus of a mudroom with organized hooks and benches. This floor is perfect for entertaining in a formal dining room with a corner fireplace, original wainscoting, and a built-in sideboard.
To the rear of this floor you’ll find a dreamy modern country kitchen with a 17-foot granite island, farmhouse-style sink, and top-of-the-line appliances, a large pantry, an open hearth and a bay window. Through the kitchen, the home’s garden terrace has been upgraded with professional landscaping, mature trees and a high privacy fence.
As is often the rule with grand old townhomes, the parlor floor is the mansion’s showpiece. An ornate built-in hall bench anchors the foyer. An arch-framed bay window is a focus in the living room that leads to a central gallery with a grand staircase. In the front is a sitting room, and through a gorgeous set of pocket doors in the rear is a spacious living room with a wall of bookshelves and a library ladder, as well as a bay window that overlooks the garden.
The master bedroom suite is as luxurious as any in a modern mansion, with an arched entryway, exquisite moldings, a fireplace and two big windows overlooking the garden. A wall of custom floor-to-ceiling closets make storage and keeping things tidy a joy instead of a chore. Through a set of pocket doors is a centralized bathroom with two pedestal sinks, a glass-enclosed shower, and sparkling white button tiles.
On the third floor, you’ll find a dedicated home office with stained glass transoms on the windows, an original fireplace and lots of shelving. This room could also do double duty as a bedroom if needed.
More townhouse goodness awaits on the fourth floor with two sunny bedroom suites with brick fireplaces and ample closet space. Bathrooms don’t skimp on the charm with claw-foot tubs and pedestal sinks. Up the rear staircase is a private family retreat under the eaves that includes a study nook and an informal den that could, of course, become a fifth bedroom. A skylight overhead brings in extra sunshine.
The home’s cellar offers a clean, bright laundry room with a sink and countertop work-space and more storage.
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Images courtesy of Harlem Lofts and Vandenberg Realty.
Neighborhoods : Harlem