Divine Living on Hamilton Terrace – 52 Hamilton Terrace
Simply divine. This four-story limestone treasure on one of the city’s most historic and unique streets is only waiting for a new owner’s personal touch.
52 Hamilton Terrace is a fully renovated turn-of-the-century single-family situated on a quiet tree-lined street full of beautifully detailed row houses. Many of the townhomes, including 52, are anchored by their winding stoop staircases and accentuated with upper-floor bay windows.
Hamilton Terrace, which is part of the Hamilton Heights Historic District, actually spans three city blocks, from West 141st Street to West 144th Street. While the street is not quite a cul-de-sac, it is off the city street grid and is pretty much traffic free. The only thru egress is from West 141st Street.
Hamilton Terrace is considered by some to be one of New York’s finest residential streets. Most of the townhouses were built between 1895 and 1902 and retain much of their exterior character. The street is bookended by two architectural gems. At 141st Street, the Romanesque-style St Luke’s Episcopal Church anchors the block. To the north, at 144th Street, “The Mansion” at 72 Hamilton Terrace stands as the new bellwether for prices in Upper Manhattan. This beautiful corner home sold in February 2018 for $5.1 million, a record setting price for single-family homes in Harlem. And lest we forget, The Alexander Hamilton Grange, the transported home of our American statesman, sits just to the south of the Terrace.
52 Hamilton Terrace is a 4000 square foot landmarked townhouse that sits midblock on an 18×100 foot lot. There is a marvelous formal parlor floor entrance via the winding exterior stairs and a wooden double door with overhead transom. The bottom of the third floor bay window protrudes above. Once past the front door, there is a comfortable vestibule to welcome you into your home and a second locked door. Shed your shoes and your umbrella here.
Upon entry to the parlor floor, you are immediately taken by the expanse of the space. From the front door, it seems endless. The floor extends almost 70 feet and offers a dramatic setting for relaxing or entertaining. An open kitchen with an extended island, a large dining area and the living area harmonize as a single loft-style room. Tall ceilings, warm wide plank floors and large sunlit windows front and back allows you to literally float from one area to the next.
Each room appears to be defined by a subtle architectural trick. The front room, or traditional living room, showcases dramatic wainscoting and an enormous wall mirror with moldings. The middle room, used as a formal dining area, bears an open staircase with a bold newel post, detailed balusters and period wainscoting. The kitchen is accentuated with a decorative fireplace which could stand alone in any room.
Everything about the kitchen is worthy of the finest homes. Rift cabinetry, professional grade appliances from Sub-Zero, Thermador and Miele, an extended center island with stool seating and a rear pantry with a prep sink and a 166 bottle Sub-Zero wine cooler.
The third floor contains a street-facing master suite and a smaller rear bedroom. The master bedroom has three large bay windows that look out onto Hamilton Terrace. A decorative fireplace and a center chandelier add some spice to the room. The five-fixture master bath has everything you need.
The top floor contains front and back bedrooms and a center bath. A hallway skylight allows a stream of light to cascade down the staircase.
There are multiple outdoor spaces, including the first floor garden and upper terrace as well as rear sun decks off the second and third floors. Stairs from the sun deck lead to the rear garden.
The multi-purpose first floor has a separate entrance and can be used as a guest apartment or an informal den. There is a home office area toward the front of the property. And finally, the cellar provides some great space for storage.