Historic New York City: Where To Look For A Historic Home

Posted on: 31 October 2016

New York City has some of the country's oldest and most beautiful real estate. Many of the oldest houses have been converted into museums (such as the Van Cortlandt House, the oldest house in The Bronx, which even had George Washington as a guest). However, there are other homes that are also historic, if not quite as old. Below is a list of a few of the neighborhoods in the city that have old, historic housing. 

The Financial District, Manhattan

At the very southern tip of Manhattan, you will find some of the oldest streets and buildings in the city. The large park, Battery Park, gets it's name because it functioned as a military battery dating back to when New York was New Amsterdam. While there are lots of modern skyscrapers in the area, there are also very old buildings that have been converted into condos or co-ops. You should look at Pearl Street, Stone Street, and Broad Street. The area has very important historic buildings, such as the Fraunces Tavern, which featured prominently during the Revolutionary war.

Bedford Park, The Bronx

If you're looking for a home and are on a budget, then you should consider the Grand Concourse in The Bronx. It is a huge thoroughfare that was originally designed to mimic the beautiful broad streets in Paris. The Concourse was built beginning the in the late 1800s. There are beautiful Art Deco buildings. If you want one of the safer neighborhoods, then you should consider the Bedford Park section. This is located at the northern terminus of the Grand Concourse. You will be near Van Cortlandt Park, as well as Lehman College. The further south you head, the more commercial and busy it gets: Yankee Stadium, and tons of businesses. The northern end is more quiet.

Harlem, Manhattan

Harlem is one of New York's most important neighborhoods. It has strong cultural importance due to the Harlem Renaissance, which was when great artistic and political minds from the area contributed to music, art, and literature. The area has some amazing brownstones. The area you should look at is the one called Sugar Hill. This is a subset of Harlem that has some of the more beautiful homes. You should look around 135th street to 162nd streets. There are apartments for sale, as well as the large brownstones, so you don't have to worry about not having the money to buy a substantial piece of property.

Talk to a real estate agent to learn more.