Monday, February 1, 2016


As many have heard by now, the late Maya Angelou's Harlem home is now up on the market for the asking of $5.095 million. The location at 58 West 120th is one of the most sought after sections of the Mount Morris Park Historic District and Marcus Samuelsson is one of the nearby neighbors.  This 20-foot wide townhouse is more ornate than most on the facade with dramatically detailed bay windows.  Whole Foods is also finishing up by the express subway station just a few blocks away but how does everything look within the gut renovated interior?

We were able to get a quick tour this weekend and saw some of the original details within the parlor floor as well as updated sections of the townhouse. Soaring ceilings and the main stairwell greets guests as they walk through the intact front vestibule along with custom stained glass on the entrance to the main dining area further back.  Pocket doors and the hallway had been removed in this area to make the space even bigger which might please those who want more room at the entrance but could feel a bit unorthodox for those used to the standard layouts.

Brick arches in the finished basement along with several decorative fireplaces allude to the history of the interior but the rest is pretty straightforward with modern, mint condition upgrades including central air.  There is even an elevator within and a functioning dumbwaiter to make things easy to get up and down the various floors.  Most home buyers renovate the kitchen and baths to their taste so those areas are probably the ones that will be updated first once the house has been purchase.  With great bones, history and a prime location by Whole Foods, this landmark might just beat out the current record holder up on Convent Avenue.  Valon Nikci is the the exclusive broker selected by the family and may be contacted here: LINK 

More details also on the official broker site: LINK

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