It’s an exciting time to live in Mott Haven, a neighborhood that is undergoing a real estate renaissance as developers breathe new life into the housing stock. Located in the southwestern portion of the Bronx, the neighborhood provides easy access to the 4, 5 and 6 subway lines, which transport residents to Manhattan, Hudson Valley, and Catskills.
The housing market is best known for the brightly colored row houses with Neo-Greco and Dutch-Flemish Renaissance architectural design elements. The housing market also includes multi-family homes with stunning red brick exteriors and wrought iron details.
Other architectural gems include Mott Haven Substation, also known as Fake Townhouses, a manufacturing facility with a faux townhouse façade.
The William O’Gorman & William rowhouses make up one of the oldest row house developments in the Bronx, dating all the way back to 1877.
There’s also the Estey Piano Company, a magnificent building that was officially recognized as an individual landmark in 2006. Known today as the Clock Tower Building, the building is now home to several art studios.
Highlights include the Mott Haven East Historic District, the first designated historic district in the borough with 11 historic homes that reflect the neighborhood’s European heritage.
The South Bronx Farmers Market is an excellent place to shop for fresh produce while theMott Haven Library is the oldest New York Public Library branch in the Bronx.
Commercial areas like Bruckner Boulevard and Alexander Avenue are lined with trendy shops, bars, and restaurants.
Nearby attractions include the Bronx Zoo and Yankee Stadium.
Once part of a larger swath of land called Morrisania, Mott Haven gets its name from Jordan Mott, an entrepreneur who purchased land for his iron works business in 1849. As New York City grew in the 1890s, so did the residential area of Mott Haven, which was prized for its gorgeous brownstones along Alexander Avenue.
The community continued to grow well into the early 20th century, spurring the construction of tenement-style apartment buildings. Today, Mott Haven continues to evolve as new and old residents leave their indelible mark on the neighborhood.
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