31 Harrison St
31 Harrison Street TriBeCa, Manhattan, NY 10013
Perfectly perched on one of the city’s most charming historic townhouse rows this landmark house is a jewel of Tribeca. One block from Hudson River Park, a few streets from Whole Foods, close to stops for many of the city’s subway lines, a short walk to the new Disney and Google headquarters at Hudson Square. This rare property, its interior designed by Steven Harris, is in move-in condition.
The Federal-style home was built in 1827 for the merchant Jacob Ruckle. The land was originally a part of the farm of Annetje Jans that was granted to her by the Dutch Director General Van Twiller in 1636. The Harrison Brewery occupied the land beginning in 1765 and lends its name to the present-day street. The house was designated a New York City Landmark in 1969 and restored to its original appearance in 1971-74. Since then it has been owned by one family and undergone a complete gut renovation.
The front door is set back from the street beyond a wrought iron gate and brownstone steps. A visitor enters the gracious parlor floor that includes the living and dining rooms each with gas fireplaces, a powder room, and the kitchen that is equipped with a Sub-zero fridge and Miele stove/cooktop. An abundance of natural light streams through windows to the north and south, The living room overlooks an English garden. An elegant staircase leads to the second-floor primary bedroom/bathroom suite and an additional bedroom/study, each room featuring wood-burning fireplaces. On the top floor, there is a 3rd bedroom, a full bathroom, a laundry area, and a dramatic 4th bedroom/entertainment area with a ceiling soaring up to 13’.
At the garden level, is a lovely one-bedroom apartment (legally designated a Professional Office Space) featuring a full kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, and dedicated laundry area. It is reached by private entrances to the street and garden and provides outstanding supplemental income. Alternately it would create a wonderful home office or be combined with the floor above in the event one would want to restore the house to single-family usage.
This is certainly one of the most charming and appealing townhouses anywhere in Manhattan. Rich in history, infused with contemporary style, all the while retaining the character and elegance of a bygone era. Located in the heart of Tribeca this location benefits from all the outstanding retail, dining, and entertaining elements that make this one of the most prized zip codes in all of the USA.