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Open House Insider: 3 Hudson Heights Co-ops to See This Weekend

By Emily Nonko | February 18, 2016 5:23pm | Updated on February 19, 2016 5:55pm
 Three Hudson Heights co-ops with open houses this weekend. 
Open House Insider: 3 Hudson Heights Co-ops to See This Weekend
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MANHATTAN — Hudson Heights, an enclave of Washington Heights bordered by Fort Washington and Fort Tryon parks, is known for its abundance of reasonably-priced co-ops. Here are three from the neighborhood with Hudson river views and open houses this weekend. 

140 Cabrini Blv., #139, Hudson Heights
Two Bedrooms/Two baths
Approximately 1,200 square feet
$1.495 million
Maintenance: $1,757 a month
Open House: Sunday, Feb. 21, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Lowdown: This penthouse at Castle Village, a historic Hudson Heights co-op, gets so much light “it's kind of blinding,” said Halstead broker Jennifer Pasbjerg.

There are southwest and northwest exposures throughout the apartment.

“Every window has river,” Pasbjerg said, referring to views toward the Hudson and George Washington Bridge.

The current owners —one of whom works in architecture — opened up the galley kitchen, which is now separated from the dining room by an island.

A room often used as a master bedroom was separated into a sun room and office by bookshelves, ensuring both spaces get good light. So while the apartment could easily be configured as a two-bedroom, it's now used as a one-bedroom.

“It's a very open feel,” said Pasbjerg, who noted that “everyone at Castle Village uses their home a little differently.”

This apartment has a private terrace that's about 13-feet wide — enough space for patio furniture or vegetable planters.

“The owners put up an awning because of the crazy sun,” Pasbjerg said.

Castle Village is a full-service co-op with five apartment towers and seven acres of outdoor space. There are two herb gardens on the property. Residents can also sign up for garden plots, located near the complex's playground.

Many potential buyers are current residents looking for more space, Pasbjerg noticed.

“Nobody seems to leave Castle Village... they only upgrade or downgrade,” she said.

Location: Because this complex was built on the highest bluff above the Hudson River, it offers incredible views of the surrounding neighborhood and the water. The closest main drags are on West 181st and 187th Streets. The A and 1 stations at 181st Street are within a few blocks.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “The views, the amenities and the services,” Pasbjerg said.

340 Haven Ave., #4P, Hudson Heights
Two bedrooms/One bath
Approximately 900 square feet
Maintenance: $995 a month
Open House: Sunday, Feb. 21, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Lowdown: This two-bedroom apartment is part of a two-building cooperative that has an interior central courtyard.

“It's about community up here,” said Corcoran broker Paul Chapru, noting that co-op residents regularly get together for events and community meetings.

The courtyard, which has plantings, trees and herb gardens surrounding outdoor furniture, is put to good use by residents. It was renovated about a year ago, according to Chapru.

As for the apartment, “A potential buyer walked in and told me that this is absolutely a Hudson Heights apartment... it's like a set from In The Heights,” Chapru said.

That's due to striking views of the George Washington Bridge from the living room and one of the bedrooms from the fourth floor. Windows in the living room also look down onto the courtyard.

The family selling the apartment renovated the bathroom and kitchen and added new crown moldings in the last few years. The bathroom got new marble floors and the kitchen was expanded, according to Chapru.

The first open house was held last Sunday and over 50 people showed up. “It's a lot of young families from Brooklyn and Downtown who can't afford it anymore,” Chapru said.

Location: The building is near Fort Washington Park, home to the Little Red Lighthouse. It's also close to 90,000 square feet of new retail space slated for the George Washington Bus Terminal. The closest subways are the A and 1 trains at 181st Street.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “The views and the community,” said Chapru.

116 Pinehurst Ave., #S12, Hudson Heights
One bedroom/One bath
Approximately 785 square feet
Maintenance: $902 a month
Open House: Sunday, Feb. 21, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Lowdown: The owner of this apartment was born in the complex, known as Hudson View Gardens, and has lived in three different apartments within the 14-building co-op since then. She's selling the third apartment she's occupied to move to Brooklyn.

Hudson View Gardens, built in 1924, was one of the first cooperatives in New York City, according to Corcoran broker Jessica McCann. It was designed in the English Tudor style and sits on four acres of land. Amenities include a tended rose garden, playground and an event space that residents call “the lounge.”

One of the most quaint perks, according to McCann, who is also a resident, is that building management sorts all the mail and delivers it through the door to tenants every day.

Although this apartment is on the first floor, the complex is located on a bluff and feels three stories above grade, according to McCann.

“The windows face west so you get views of the river and George Washington Bridge,” said McCann. “There's a huge vantage point so you see the whole street curving down and you're looking out at treetops.”

The current owner added a new kitchen in the past year and redid the bathroom within the past three years. The original casement windows are still in place, which McCann said can get “a little drafty.”

Upon opening in 1924, every apartment was built out with a vestibule to hold a Murphy bed. It is now used as an office nook and can fit a full-sized desk.

Location: This complex is located right across from Castle Village and is a short walk to both Fort Washington Park, along the water, and Bennett Park, to the east. The 181st Street A train is one block away.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “It's spacious with beautiful views,” said McCann.