As an Agent, I have worked around the corner on W145th&Amsterdam from the newly named area for the last 2years. I've watched the neighborhood evolve and expand. I think it's great!
What do you know about the area? What have you heard? My take as an agent is typically more open-minded due to my profession. I want to help people find their Ideal Home, but I'd need know what matters most to you, as a Home-buyer. I have key points which come up in daily conversation with buyers, sellers, investors & renters. Everyone has different desires. I'd like to know what do you desire most?
As Harlem Communities go, everyone has varying quirks they like, don't like, preferences and such. I like the area for the old style architecture and feeling of being in an actual neighborhood. I've seen bright, sunny days when people within the community comes together and play cards & dominoes at the table outside the gated playgrounds. It made me feel good to see a community become a neighborhood again.
Quite a few of the brownstone buildings have been newly renovated from Single Family Homes and turned into Multi-Family Residences, Condos/ Coops. Yes, Units have been selling at varied speeds during this current market since early Fall08. I've shown clients property on W144@Hamilton Place between Broadway and W143 between Hamilton Pl & Amsterdam Ave over to Hamilton Terrace @W129th and around. I, personally, like the area very much; the eats; bakery on Ham Pl@W143; corner laundry, etc!
FYI: Remaining throughout the surrounding areas, are less desirable pockets, as most large Metropolitan Cities do. When prospective clients ask, "Is it safe?" My response is always,"Safe is relative. Safe is determined by where you were raised; your upbringing; what you are used to." My recommendation to everyone regarding unknown neighborhoods anywhere you may choose to live, with caution, of course, take a walk through during the day and in the night to observe the type of activity, if any, going on.
Well, I could go on, but I digress. I'd love to share more of the Hamilton Heights details with you.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions/ concerns.
Thanks for your inquiry. You made me reflect on the finer points of the neighborhood which is Ham Hghts!