Exclusive: The Fabulous $3M+ Townhouse Of Harlem Renaissance Legend Zora Neale Hurston

Enjoy the gorgeous, fully renovated former home of a noted Harlem Renaissance figure.

This elegant two-family Neo-Grec brownstone, located at 108 West 131st Street Historic District, was built in 1884 by William S. Jennings and was later the home of noted author Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God), and is listed at $ 3,125,000.

The property was fully renovated in 2008 with the addition of a Penthouse and Roof Deck, and fully finished living space in the Basement, and is in outstanding condition.


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This stunning, 18-foot-wide, 4,600 square foot home is very spacious, open, and airy with all-day sun.

It is divided into a Three-Bedroom/Two-and-a-Half Bathroom Penthouse Triplex with a spacious Roof Deck (power and water connections are built-in), and a Two-Bedroom/Two-Bathroom/Two-Powder Room Garden Triplex which includes a Master bedroom with double oversized Closets and Marble en-suite Bath.

The Master bedroom has access to the relaxing oasis found in the Back Yard, with its planted Garden and Ipe wood deck.

The fully finished basement – which can be used as a gym, media lounge, workspace, or kids’ play space — also has access to the Back Yard via external stairs.

A notable additional feature of this property, in keeping with its artistic heritage and as shown in the photographs and on the floorplans, is that the Penthouse Triplex has a sliding door configuration that can convert it in seconds into an open Loft with access to the Penthouse and Deck – perfect for an artist or writer, or for entertaining.

Both apartments boast Marble (Garden apartment) or Ceramic (Penthouse apartment) Bathrooms, Kitchens with recent upgrades to the Stainless-Steel Kitchen appliances, and Frigidaire Laundry centers.



‘On Demand’ gas water heaters and separately zoned Smart-controlled Central Air units keep the apartments cool in summer and warm in winter. Both apartments are separately metered.

This move-in-ready property is located in the heart of Central Harlem, close to 125th Street shopping and Wholefoods supermarket, and over 20 restaurants and bars – including The Red Rooster & Ginny’s, Sylvia’s, and Social Corner — within just a few blocks’ walk.

Easy access to the 2/3, A/B/C/D, and 4/5/6 subway lines and Metro-North means you can be in midtown in 20 minutes.

For recreation, two children’s playgrounds are within a few minutes walk of the property, and Central Park, St. Nicholas Park, Mount Morris Park, and The Hudson River Cycleway are all just a short stroll or bike ride away.

Representing an outstanding opportunity for a residential Owner with extended family, an Owner-Landlord, or an Investor, the two units can also be converted into separate condominium units as required.

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The Landmarks Commission plaque commemorating Zora Neale Hurston is due for installation later this year – contact us today for your private appointment! Accompanying video and 3D floorplan coming soon!

Check out more photos of the property below:

Robert D. Pair, 212.280.8866 x104, 917.791.6986, sales@harlemlofts.com

Photo credit: 1-10) Harlem Lofts.

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