Hamilton Heights at a GlanceSotheby's International Realty
Hamilton Heights is a neighborhood on Harlem’s western edge and was designated an Historic District between the years of 2000 and 2002. Manhattan real estate in Hamilton Heights extends from West 135th to West 155th Street between Edgecombe Avenue and the Hudson River, on land that was once part of Alexander Hamilton's country estate. Hamilton Heights real estate includes block after block of elegant late 19th- and early 20th-century row-houses with picturesque architectural gems in various styles such as Beaux Arts, Queen Anne, Dutch Revival and Romanesque Revival, designed by notable architects including Neville & Bagge, George Pelham and William Mowbray. The childhood home of famed American illustrator Norman Rockwell is located on Nicholas Avenue, and George Gershwin lived on 144th Street when he wrote his first hit song, "Swanee" in 1919. In the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, many affluent African Americans including legendary jazz pianist Count Basie lived in Hamilton Heights, a part of which became known as Sugar Hill, as it was thought to represent all that was sweet in life.