Monday, November 23, 2009

☞ DWELL: 401 Manhattan Avenue Brownstone

The location of the brownstone at 401 Manhattan Avenue (ivy-covered building in lower photo) between 116th and 117th Streets is a nice per, but a notable past owner might even be a better selling point. No, it's not a celebrity, but the Victorian curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This single family home is located a block away from the B,C train at 116th in one direction and a block away from Morningside Park in the other. For the asking price of $1.595 million, one gets 4-5 bedrooms, 2 baths, working fireplaces and a backyard. It's definitely at a more difficult price point for first time buyers since there are no rental apartments to help subsidize the mortgage. On the other hand, there are quite a few three-bedroom condos asking for the same amount of money but offering much less in return.


  1. Beautiful parlor and color choice, feels very Victorian, also I love the over mantle mirror and chandelier. I guess this is the front parlor as the AC is visible from both photos.

  2. That's funny, we also deducted as much. The lower parlor window is divided into three sections and you can see that from both photos. The case moulding around the window really adds height and depth to what is essentially a modestly wide parlor. This is the way to go if you have one of these narrower brownstones.

  3. Sorry but.... If you put that kind of money in renovations, why are there air-conditioners hanging of the windows???