Yes, Hamilton Heights refers to that Hamilton: Alexander Hamilton spent the last few years of his life in this uptown enclave, which rests on the banks of the Hudson River. And though the neighborhood’s Hamilton Grange National Memorial — the founding father’s former home — is located more than five miles north of the Broadway theater where Hamilton is still packing them in, Hamilton Heights’ diversity and legacy capture the spirit of the rousing multicultural musical.
The 4,480-square-foot townhouse at 509 West 149th Street oozes the charm and character that this historic neighborhood is known for. It’s not often that a brownstone of this quality hits the market, especially one located on this leafy, iconic block. “This lovely block has always been an uptown favorite,” says Corcoran agent Tamara Marotta. “It represents quintessential brownstone living, where friendly neighbors stop to chat under a canopy of trees in full bloom to enjoy the feel of old New York. Like 509 West 149th, many of the neighboring townhouses retain their original detail.”
Between the garden-level apartment and a top-floor apartment is the main event: a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath duplex featuring hardwood floors, oversized windows, two fireplaces (one in the kitchen and one in the living room), double doors, and original moldings. A spiral staircase connects the two floors.
The upper and lower apartments have their charms as well: The one-bedroom floor-through apartment on the garden level boasts a deck that leads to a full garden. The unit has its own separate entrance along with an original fireplace, restored woodwork, a claw-foot tub and a washer/dryer. Meanwhile, the top-floor apartment, another one-bedroom, has a fireplace in the bedroom, a spacious living room with a second fireplace and a marble-clad bathroom likewise anchored by a claw-foot tub. Altogether, the historic brownstone contains lots of rooms where it happened — 12, all told. That’s a lot of house for $2,750,000.