May 29, 2009

Neighborhood Report: Hamilton Heights

Uptown West, from West 135th Street to West 155th Street, from Riverside Drive to St. Nicholas and Edgecombe Avenues.

Hamilton Grange
The Harlem sub-neighborhood of Hamilton Heights boasts some of the city’s most desired townhouses, and is best known for “Strivers’ Row.” Parts of Strivers’ Row were designed by the noted architecture firm of McKim, Mead and White, and in addition to the gardens in back, many of the townhouses have lovely staircases, fireplaces, pocket doors, and moldings. 

Hamilton Heights in Upper Manhattan was the home of Alexander Hamilton from 1802 - 1804. Alexander Hamilton was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Father, and political philosopher. 

His Manhattan home Hamilton Grange has recently been moved from Convent Avenue to St. Nicholas Park.

Today Hamilton Heights is mostly a housing fusion of palatial 19th century brownstones, spacious pre-wars and tenement walk-ups.

Developers have converted brownstone, shells of buildings and narrow vacant lots into condominium apartments. For Manhattan home buyers, Hamilton Heights provides an opportunity to live in a neighborhood with small-scale buildings. 

Zoning does not allow for very large buildings. These apartments, typically floor-throughs and duplexes come with town house amenities, like terraces, gardens, fireplaces, and uncommonly good light for Manhattan.

A diversified mix of Buyers are coming to Hamilton Heights for the neighborhood’s history, the houses, brownstones and new condos that cost much less than they would a mile to the south.

Currently there are approximately 125 active listings in Hamilton Heights. Prices range from a $175,000 for an HDFC (income cap retrictions) 1 bedroom coop to a $4,295,000 for a 4,400 square foot single family townhouse. * updated 5/7/2016

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