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Stephen G. Kliegerman

Stephen G. Kliegerman
President of Development Marketing

Ayo Haynes

Ayo Haynes
Westside Office

Brokers Weekly

As Harlem Revives What's Old Is New Again

By Roslyn Lo

Harlem Sol 121 is a brownstone conversion

Among a bevy of recent contemporary residential developments in Harlem, a new set of buildings is ready to go back to the neighborhood's roots.
With the motto, "where tradition meets modern," Harlem Sol is a development of two brownstones at 121 and 123 West 131 Street that offer a twist on classic New York City architecture.
Harlem Sol
comprises of adjacent but contrasting buildings situated on the block between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. The unique set of buildings is already 50% sold.
"We're extremely pleased that Harlem Sol has reached this significant benchmark," said Stephen G. Kliegerman, president of Halstead Property Development Marketing.
"As sales progress at the development, buyers are continuously impressed by the intricate details that exemplofy modern, luxurious living."
Starting from the stoop, the facade of Harlem Sol 121 stays true to the old-time charm of a New York brownstone. An alternate entrance lies next to the staircase with a sitting area. The building is for those who yearn to live in a classic brownstone but can't live without modern appliances and luxury finishes. The four units have undergone a top-down renovation, complementing timeless architecture with a polished feel.
With ceilings measuring 14 feet and exposed brick, the restored building retains the signature qualities of a brownstone. Add in the Brazilian oak wood floors, walk-in closets, Maytag washer/dryers, private terrace and virtual concierge and voila, its luxury modern.
The remaining units at 121 include a 747 s/f one-bedroom offered at $449,000 and a 943 s/f two- bed, 1.5 bath duplex with a private 300 s/f rooftop deck for $549,000.
Right nex tdoor is Harlem Sol 123, a newly constructed building designed with a contemporary townhouse feel.
In contrast to the traditional brown¬stone style of its counterpart, 123 stands out with its sleek color schemes, clean lines and modern amenities. With white oak floors and outdoor space in seven of the eight units, each home features a polished, current feel.
In place of the standard walk-up, which is common in most townhouses, 123 has an elevator servicing all floors of the building.
The units in Harlem Sol 123 range from 524 s/f studios starting at $299,000 to its 1,196 s/f sixth-floor penthouse at $729,000. This building also offers a 25-year 421-A tax abatement.
Gracing the top of both Harlem Sol buildings is an outdoor terrace with pan¬oramic views of sights near and far, from the local YMCA and park to the Empire State Building. Both buildings share ame¬nities such as storage space as well.
All of the kitchens in Harlem Sol are equipped with GE stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, glass tile back splashes, Elkay stainless steel undermount sinks, and Delta faucets.
The bathrooms have Kohler toilets, marble vanity tops, tri-view frameless medicine cabinets, and porcelain tile flooring. On top of that, each home has a washer/dryer combo included.
The neighborhood is an amenity in itself, with the famous Apollo Theatre nearby and a busy restaurant scene that includes Red Rooster, Hudson River Cafe, and Dinosaur BBQ all within walking distance.
New York City has always welcomed th old and the new. The arrival of Harlem S gives both the city a little bit of both.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011