Situated in the historic landmark district of Hamilton Heights, offered is a unique semi-detached, 21 feet wide, 5,304 square feet, 5 story, 2-family gated & fenced townhouse having an abundance windows on 3 sides facing north, south & east and low $7,858 annual real estate taxes. Designed by William Mowbray and built by William H. DeForest Jr. in 1890, this beauty, loaded with original features, consists of 16 rooms, 9 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 12 separate heating zones, a rear deck, landscaped front & back gardens and a possible roof deck. With large windows throughout the house on 3 sides facing north, south and east as well as a large skylight over a grand central staircase adjacent to wide hallways, the entire townhouse is bathed in natural light throughout the day eliminating the need to even turn on a single electric light!

The garden apartment, accessible internally as well as via a separate & private entrance below the front stoop, begins with a spacious hallway containing a utility meter closet, a laundry room with meters, and a boiler room. The apartment has its own separate gas & electric utilities, and an independent heating system featuring 2 heating zones each with their own thermostat. This unit is comprised of 2 bedrooms, one with 3 windows and the other with 1 window, a windowed full bathroom, an open kitchen, private laundry with front-loading washer & dryer, 2 closets, a large living room with 3 windows and a windowed rear door providing direct access to the back garden.

Entering the main house through the gated front garden and up the broad front stoop, the parlor floor boasts 11-foot ceilings and quarter-sawn oak floors. Pass first through a wainscoted outer foyer then into a spacious entrance foyer furnished with the original mirror & bench to remove your coat & shoes, and a restored grand staircase of old-growth cherrywood leading to the upper floors. Restored cherrywood architraves with pocket-doors lead into a bright living room with 3 large windows, one with original stained glass, then to the adjacent sitting room library outfitted with custom built-in bookshelves lit by 3 windows, two of which are of stained glass. Continue to the elegant formal dining room with 3 large windows, one also with stained glass. The dining room has direct access to a sizable deck for your afternoon barbecues and steps leading down to the back garden. Adjacent to the dining room is a recently renovated, top of the line open windowed chef's kitchen sporting stainless steel Thermador appliances, custom cabinetry, granite countertops, tiled backsplash and a vented range hood. The parlor floor has its own heating zone with thermostat.

The restored original staircase leads to the 3rd level, which consists of a gracious hallway with a closet and 2 enormous bedrooms, each with their own heating zone. The rear bedroom boasts 3 large windows with one containing original stained glass, its own closet, and an en-suite windowed full bathroom. The front bedroom is the full width of the house with 4 large windows, one of which also has stained glass, and a closet. Both are separated by a long spacious dressing area with 3 windows, 2 of which have stained glass, and 2 existing closets; this space is perfect to install a custom walk-in closet of your dreams. Continuing up the staircase, the 4th level also has a gracious hallway with a closet, as well as a 2 window hall bathroom consisting of a private laundry with front-loading vented washer & dryer and a closet. This floor has 4 spacious bedrooms each with a closet, one with 3 large windows, one with 2 large windows, and the remaining two each having its own large window. These bedrooms as well as the bathroom each have a separate heating zone and thermostat.

The 5th level is reached through a private staircase off the hallway, and reveals a self-contained guest suite bearing a large bedroom with 5 closets, a north-facing wall that is almost entirely windowed for constant natural light throughout the day, a windowed full bathroom, and a windowed door providing access to the back of the roof where a deck can be installed. This floor also has its own independent heating zone with thermostat.

Centrally located in the Sugar Hill/Hamilton Heights section of Harlem, it is a short distance to City College, NY Sports Club, restaurants, bars, cafes, supermarkets, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, CVS and the A, B, C, D, & 1 subway trains along West 145th Street. Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. One express train stop to 125th street's commercial corridor for Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Target and more. The southbound M100 and M101 buses along Amsterdam Ave turn east on 125th Street and make stops for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 trains and Metro North.

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Listed by Brian Phillips and Nicole Couturiaux of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

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