By: Serach Nissim
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, there remains a select few quiet, charming lanes still left untouched. As reported by the NY Post, these “secret street”, as they have become known, are off-the grid for cars and feature old-world cobblestone streets, where children can play and neighbors can chat. The tucked-away blocks were originally designed to hold carriage houses and horse stables, and have since been converted into exclusive prime residential homes.
One such rare home has recently been listed for sale. Located in Washington Heights, at 16 Sylvan Terrace, it is one of just 20 townhouses built with identical facades. The street dates back to 1882 when it was developed as a carriage drive to the Morris-Jumel Mansion—which is the oldest house in Manhattan. The landmarked three-story townhouses were rebuilt for luxury in the historic enclave.
As per the Post, the yellow-painted wooden home with green shutters listed last week, asking $1.75 million. The three-bedroom home can be converted into a four bedroom. It boasts a parlor room with 11-feet ceilings, double-entry doors and crown moldings. There are three gas burning fireplaces surrounded by brick walls, a top-of-the-line kitchen, two bathrooms, cherry wood floors and double-height windows with views of the quiet street. There is also a great room and a quaint outdoor patio.
The coveted home, is one of just a few of its kind on the market. The home at 7 Sylvan Terrace was also listed in March, as a rental for $6,500 per month. Usually there is just one of these homes up for grabs every one or two years. In 2021 and 2022, however, records show, there were some four more homes there trading hands — doubling the number of sales recorded between the years 2018 and 2021. The availability even led some to inquire as to the reason for the opening. “Sometimes things just happen in clusters,” said Douglas Elliman’s Assad Masri, who represents 16 Sylvan Terrace along with Adam Solomon . “There’s just no rhyme or reason for it.” He said the homes are still very much in demand, and this particular home belongs to an empty nester. Records show the current owner purchased the home in 2017 for $1.56 million.
“It feels like you’re transported into a different time and a different place,” Masri told the Post, describing Sylvan Terrace. “It’s very fairy tale-y, it’s very Disneyesque, and I think that has its appeal.”