Bohemia Blog by Agent Matthew Murumba
As a real estate agent you meet clients with all sorts of unique requirements. If you have a horse in tow, you’re search has probably been a challenge...but search no further…I’ve got you covered.
The St. Nicholas Historic District (often referred to as “Striver’s Row”) is located on both sides of West 138th and West 139th Street between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevards. More importantly, it has the unique distinction of being one of my favorite hidden gems in New York City - I’m sure that’s what the architects were hoping for when they first built it over 100 years ago. This landmark truly is a blast from the past, and a welcome one at that.
Built in 1892 by David King Jr. , who is also known for building the original Madison Square Park and the base of the Statue of Liberty, Strivers Row is an elegant example of Nineteenth Century urban design that continues to stand the test of time. These beautiful row houses are unique in that they share gated rear courtyards...a rarity in New York City...that at one point allowed for discreet stabling of…yep….you guessed it…horses! What’s more, when first built the going rate for living in one of these masterpieces was between $900 - $1,700 a year!
Unfortunately pricing has changed quite a bit since 1892, but luckly the “Private Road, Walk Your Horses” signs and this unique piece of history remain!