Hamilton Heights: Historic Neighborhood Report

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Hamilton Heights in Upper Manhattan was the home of Alexander Hamilton from 1802 - 1804. Alexander Hamilton was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Father, and political philosopher. His Manhattan home Hamilton Grange has recently been moved from Convent Avenue to St. Nicholas Park.

Hamilton Grange, Hamilton Heights

Hamilton Grange drawing, circa 1880

Hamilton commissioned architect John McComb Jr. to design a Federal style country home on a sprawling 32 acre estate in upper Manhattan.

This house was completed in 1802 and named "The Grange" after the Hamilton family's ancestral home in Scotland, but served as his home for only two years. On July 11, 1804, Hamilton was killed in a duel with his political rival Aaron Burr.

Alexander Hamilton came to New York in 1772 at age 17 to study finance at King's College (now Columbia University).

As co-author of the Federalist Papers he was indispensable in the effort to get the Constitution adopted.
As the first Secretary of the Treasury (1789-1795) he devised plans for funding the national debt, securing federal credit, encouraging expansion of manufacturing and organizing the federal bank.

Hamilton Heights is located between 130th and 155th Streets. Right below Washington Heights where George Washington was headquartered. Today Hamilton Heights is mostly a housing fusion of palatial 19th century brownstones, spacious pre-wars and tenement walk-ups.

Developers have converted brownstone, shells of buildings and narrow vacant lots into condominium apartments. For Manhattan home buyers,  Hamilton Heights provides an opportunity to live in a neighborhood with small-scale buildings. Zoning does not allow for very large buildings. These apartments, typically floor-throughs and duplexes come with town house amenities, like terraces, gardens, fireplaces, and uncommonly good light for Manhattan.

A diversified mix of Buyers are coming to Hamilton Heights for the neighborhood’s history, the houses,  brownstones and new condos that cost much less than they would a mile to the south.



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Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker, The Corcoran Group

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Comments (2)

Adina Greenberg
The Corcoran group - Manhattan, NY

Hamilton Heights is undeserved a bit of a forgotton neighborhood. You find the most extraordinairy townhouses and more important, fantastic deals on rentals and sales. Thanks for writing about Hamilton Heights Mitchell.

May 06, 2009 02:31 AM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Hi Adina, Thanks It's nice to see you here on active rain

May 06, 2009 04:08 PM