A 2-bedroom in Manhattan for under $900,000 usually comes with major drawbacks. That second bedroom may be more like an alcove. Or the apartment is on the sixth floor of a walk-up. Or the maintenance fees are twice what the mortgage would be. So when a 2-bedroom in Manhattan is listed for $779,000 and has no red flags off the bat — like this top-floor co-op at 450 W. 147th St. in Hamilton Heights — we get excited.
The Price Tag
As stated above, you don’t often see a recently renovated, nicely maintained 2-bedroom in Manhattan for six figures, let alone $779,000. This place is priced competitively and has no hidden gotchas like astronomically high common charges or a caveat for cash-only offers. Monthly fees do clock in at $1,128 — which is something — but for a residence in a meticulously maintained prewar co-op, you could do a lot worse. The apartment is currently configured as a 2-bedroom, but easily could convert to a 3-bedroom if you changed out the dining room configuration.
Why You’ll Love It
This place is big on space and character, offering an even 1,000 square feet and tons of nice details, including a decorative fireplace, high ceilings, a windowed kitchen and an oversized dining room with wraparound bay windows. The apartment gets a ton of light and has nice views overlooking one of Hamilton Heights’ most picturesque blocks. And not to worry, the apartment has you covered with all those nice-to-have amenities like good closet space, an elevator, and a washer and dryer in-unit.
And Why You Might Not
If you’re all about fancy amenities and finishes, you might find this place somewhat lackluster. The kitchen appliances are basic and there’s no central air. Otherwise, there’s not a whole lot to ding this place on. Obviously, Hamilton Heights is not the epicenter of Manhattan’s nightlife or culture scene, but you can easily hop on the A, C, B or D at 145th Street — less than a five minute walk — and be in the Village or Chelsea in under 30 minutes. Your late-night Uber expenses might increase if you can’t shake your Downtown M.O. But that’s part of the opportunity cost for an Upper Manhattan address.
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