The Big OH: Touring the most expensive listing in Harlem

As locals and brokers continue to battle over what exactly the neighborhood just north of 110th Street on the west side of Manhattan is called — locals say Harlem, (some) brokers say “SoHa,” — one thing is for certain; it’s getting expensive.

In recent years, fancy chicken shops, bougie sit-down restaurants and organic butchers have all cropped up along Frederick Douglass Boulevard, just north of 110th Street. And now, the area has a new most-expensive listing: the penthouse at 321 West 110th Street, which was listed about two months ago for $11.3 million.

Broker Esther Wald of Halstead properties, who has the listing, isn’t throwing around the word SoHa to describe the neighborhood: she doesn’t need to, it’s developing a caché all on its own. “Ten years ago, you feared for your life walking around here, you couldn’t walk your kid,” she told LLNYC during a recent tour of the penthouse. Now “people are flocking here, they are starting to see what this neighborhood has to offer.”

Still, $11.3 million is a big price for the area; in the past year, the most expensive closed sale in Harlem was a $6 million condo nearby at 111 Central Park North (another unit at the brand new Circa Central Park at 285 West 110th Street is in contract for a hair under $7.5 million). Even the owner of this penthouse, the developer Adam Westreich who bought under an LLC, paid only $5.7 million for it in 2015.

If there’s anything that can justify the price tag of this 2,154-square-foot penthouse, we have to say it’s the 360-degree views it offers. The 22nd-floor unit has private elevator access, and when those elevator doors open, boy, it’s hard not to make some sort of exclamation of awe.

Because, voila! There is Central Park, peeping out from every one of the large windows in the living room, which is connected to the kitchen. And if that’s not enough for you, stroll onto the 540-square-foot terrace off the living room, where you can admire the park views and even watch planes take off and land at Laguardia airport.

The terrace is also accessible from the master bedroom — the unit has three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms in total. The crown jewel of the master bedroom is actually its bathroom, where a Duravit toilet features a seat that rises and falls with the press of a button, and water that will massage you while you’re on it (“You’ll never want to get off the toilet!” Wald jokes. The view from the toilet, of the city to the north, doesn’t hurt either).

Westrich never lived in the unit, but gut-renovated it with the help of Gil Even Tsur Architecture Workshop, adding special touches like a Crestron Home System with Alexa in the ceiling and speakers throughout (all of which is controlled via tablets in every room). There’s also a built-in fireplace that pops up as if by magic in the living room, floor-to-ceiling closets in the bedrooms and high-end Gaggenau appliances in the kitchen.

“The person who will purchase this is very lucky,” Wald says. It’s hard not to agree with that. We just hope they get their money’s worth.