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Our beautiful landmarked brownstone home is a base for New York visitors who would rather get a taste of dignified Manhattan living, in a home-from-home, than pay out for a hotel and all those expensive restaurant meals. The house, in the Historic Morris-Jumel District, is a restored Victorian gem, full of traditional features, great rooms, and beautiful woodwork, but with all the benefits of contemporary living and very family-friendly. It is fully furnished, with all domestic supplies, and with utility costs included in the price. There are ceiling fans throughout, and the bedrooms are air-conditioned. The whole house has full wireless Internet access. At the end of the block is the C train, which takes you rapidly downtown to all the sites in 15 minutes, as well as just a few stops uptown to the famous medieval art of The Cloisters and Fort Tryon Park.
The full house is available for visitors, on three floors.
First floor: a spacious front parlor with decorated fireplace and mantle overlooking the park, a dining room with table for eight, a large eat-in gourmet granite-topped kitchen (with all supplies – stove, oven, dishwasher, microwave, 2 fridges, and freezer) and a half-bathroom.
Second floor: two large bedrooms – the sunlit master bedroom at the front has a four-poster queen-size bed (plus a dressing area full of closets and an en-suite sink) and the second bedroom at the rear has a queen-size sofa-bed for two (also with a closeted dressing area). The principal bathroom, in Carrera marble, has a classic claw-foot tub and a separate shower.
Third floor: two further terrific bedrooms, front and rear, plus a second bathroom with full shower. Each large bedroom contains a single bed, with a trundle bed underneath for a second guest if needed. There are armchairs, dressers and closets in each room.
The layout of the house means it is suitable for a couple who want a lot of space and quiet, a single family with up to four children, or two families where the parents can sleep on the second floor, and two sets of kids on the top floor!
The area around the house is just as interesting. Opposite is a park and the historic Palladian Morris-Jumel Mansion of 1760, Manhattan’s oldest freestanding building. The mansion grounds are great to walk in, and the mansion itself, now a small museum, is full of wild history and famous connections – from George Washington and Aaron Burr (Madame Jumel’s second husband!) to Napoleon. There are lots of events for kids.
Beyond the local attractions, a short ride on the C train from the end of the block takes you to all the great sites of Manhattan – Central Park, the Natural History Museum, Lincoln Center, the Empire State Building, the great shopping and restaurants of the Upper West Side, the Metropolitan Museum, the Frick Collection, the Guggenheim museum, and countless other places to visit. Our location perfectly combines a sense of serene quiet and getting away from the bustle, with being close to everything you could want to see!
All the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, with sitting areas as well as the bed. The Principal Bedroom has a dressing area with marble counter and sink, as well as extensive built-in closets, a large dresser and a chaise long. The 2nd Bedroom has a large sofabed, as well as a similar dressing area. The top floor bedrooms are quiet and fully carpeted, each with a single bed that has a single trundle bed underneath, that can be easily pulled out to sleep two in each room....moreless
The second floor Bathroom features a traditional cast-iron claw-foot tub - amazingly deep for a long soak! The large shower is separate. This Bathroom has an elegant appeal with black and white Carrera marble throughout.
The third floor Bathroom is equally attractive, featuring Italian travertine marble floor and walls. There is a large shower stall....moreless
The book collection is spread throughout the house....moreless
Through Victorian pocket doors from the kitchen, the dining-room offers a second eating space, with an oval table and sideboard....moreless
Seating for 6 people
Window air-conditioners are in each of the bedrooms....moreless
A full electric dryer stacked on the washing machine....moreless
Free Wifi is available throughout the house....moreless
Iron & Board
The bright Parlor floor living room off the main hall and stairway is the main reception room as you enter, overlooking the park. Beautifully proportioned, it has sofa, chairs, wood stove and piano....moreless
On-street parking is available right outside the house....moreless
In the third floor laundry room, which also has a large deep sink....moreless
There is a large working wood stove in the main Parlor living room....moreless
The fully modernized eat-in kitchen has a full stove, 2 fridges, dishwasher, microwave, and granite-topped island with two-bowl cast iron sink. There is a walk-in pantry and half-bath, TV and Bose....moreless
The walk-in pantry includes a variety of available herbs and basic cooking needs. Plenty of room to easily store all your provisions!...moreless
2 under-counter fridges provide plenty of space! A large freezer is also available....moreless
Christmas and New Year Dec 26 - Jan 2, 2016 5 night min stay
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Our house is in the wonderful quiet residential neighborhood called the Morris-Jumel Historic District in upper Manhattan. All the houses are landmarked and the street has been called 'the most beautiful in the city' by New York magazine. It's incredibly peaceful and the unrestricted view from our Victorian brownstone is across to the park around Manhattan's oldest house - the 1760 Jumel Mansion (now a museum and great to visit - kids love the stories of presidents visiting and intrigue around the infamous Madame Jumel). The Mansion's park is our front yard for a stroll, picnic or sun-bathe.
From the house, it's 15 minutes on the C train down to all mid-town attractions, museums, Lincoln Center, Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Natural History Museum, Times Square, the aircraft carrier Endeavor, and so much more. The Upper West Side has great shopping, restaurants and recreation. The Greenway up and down the Hudson River allows cycling the whole length of the Island, as well as a brilliant afternoon stroll to watch the sailboats, the kayaks, and the people!
Just a couple of subway stops to the north is The Cloisters, the medieval part of The Metropolitan Museum, a wondrous building with great art, the legendary Unicorn Tapestries, and views high over the Hudson River, surrounded by Fort Tryon Park, a favorite for families to picnic and play.
From our quiet sanctuary, you can easily access all the sites of Manhattan, and also get out of town to the Hudson River countryside if you want a day out of town - great river gorge scenery, quaint small villages, antiquing, wineries, farms and pick-your-own. It's got the lot!
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: We are a family with two teenage children. Richard and Melissa run a not-for-profit organization specializing in services to the arts. We work from Central Harlem and love to come back to our lovely brownstone to enjoy the peace and quiet after busy days and travel all over the country! Our kids are in public schools in Manhattan and travel on their own safely all over the city. We are slow foodies, love wine, trekking, and all the cultural offerings of our great city!
Why the Owner Chose Washington Heights: To have a large and quiet space in Manhattan is a dream come true for us! Everyone adores our restored home, with its spaciousness, and its beautiful and elegant rooms, but also for its hominess and sense of family. We have lavished all our care on creating a relaxing family home, and love to share it with guests from around the world. You'll never forget it!
The Unique Benefits at this Townhome: We chose this home because it combined gracious living with easy access to the city. We wanted somewhere really quiet and restful (hard to find in busy Manhattan) with lots of antique features. We especially love the ceilings with their intricate moldings, the carved cherry wood throughout the Parlor floor and staircase, and the deep clawfoot tub for bathing! Combining these features with contemporary amenities seems to us the best of all possible worlds!