At the southernmost tip of the Bronx, Mott Haven is a highly desired area to live in, most notably due to its quick commute to Midtown Manhattan and larger, more affordable homes for rent and sale. Yet a neighborhood needs more than a good location to be considered as your next place to call home.
Mott Haven is bordered by East 149th Street to the north, the Harlem River to the west, the Bronx Kill (a small waterway connecting the Harlem River to the East River) to the south and Bruckner Expressway to the East. Port Morris is the next neighborhood to the east and stretches to the East River.
Transportation is easiest by subway, as the 6 train at 138th and Third Avenue is the first stop in the Bronx. It takes about 20 minutes to get to Midtown Manhattan. The 4 and 5 stop at 138th and Grand Concourse. The 2 and 5 stops are located at the other end of Mott Haven, better known as The Hub. By car, it’s about a 22 minute commute from Midtown via the FDR Drive, exiting on the Willis Avenue Bridge exit.
When you ask some residents of Mott Haven why they like it here so much, they may hesitate to tell you their thoughts. Why? Because they don’t want the neighborhood discovered. There are many articles talking about the gentrification of the area and how prices will rise if everyone starts moving here. It’s a little late to keep the area a secret because big changes are underway.
Somerset Partners and the Chetrit Group are building two 25-story towers with 1,600 apartments on the Mott Haven/Port Morris waterfront. The developer spent $26 million for one site and $32 million for the second. They will spend another $300-$400 million to develop the sites. The Wall Street Journal outlined all the new developments planned for Mott Haven, which you can read HERE. The area is rumored to be renamed “The Piano District” as the majority of pianos built in the United States during the early 1900s were made in Mott Haven.
One former piano factory, located at the corner of Bruckner Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue is now The Clock Tower, a collection of 95 rental apartments. Click HERE for a great news story about the revitalization of Port Morris.
In July, 2015, Silvercup Studios announced they purchased a 115,000 square foot complex for their film and television studios in Port Morris, the neighborhood next to Mott Haven. The project is estimated at $35 million.
Until the new developments bring new retail, commercial and restaurant opportunities, there are some very popular locations that locals gravitate to.
Mott Haven and Port Morris have countless ethnic food choices, representing the vast array of cultural backgrounds of the residents. A few larger establishments are great choices we suggest you check out. Try Mott Haven Bar & Grill, Charlie’s Bar & Kitchen and Don Pancho’s (all three offer Sunday Brunch menus with unlimited drinks.) There’s also Calientito for authentic Carribean dishes and Ceetay, known for their Asian Fusion/Sushi menu.
The majority of the homes in Mott Haven are brownstones and townhomes. With hardwood floors, high ceilings, exposed brick and great architectural details, they offer the warmth and charm that homeowners crave. Some properties are fully renovated and updated, others are in need of tender loving care.
There are three historic districts here:
- The Mott Haven Historic District is located on Alexander Avenue between East 138th Street and East 141st Street. The district contains the row of handsome brownstones known as Doctors Row. It also has the 40th Precinct police station, the 1905 neo-renaissance Mott Haven Branch of the New York Public Library, and Saint Jerome’s Roman Catholic Church.
- The Mott Haven East Historic District is located on East 139th and East 140th Street between Brook and Willis Avenues.
- The Bertine Block Historic District is located on East 136th Street between Brook and Willis Avenues.
Big business also finds the proximity to the city, along with land availability a lure to call the area their home. Zaro’s Bakery, with 11 retail locations in the NYC metropolitan area, relocated to Port Morris in 1982 and fully embraces the Bronx with a 200 foot mural adorning their headquarters.
FreshDirect, after 3 years of battling with local community groups over health concerns, broke ground on their 500,000 sq. headquarters and food distribution center in late 2014. The grand opening is scheduled for 2016.
What about recreation in Mott Haven? The Bronx, out of all the boroughs, has the most parklands, coming in at 7,000 acres. St. Mary’s Park is the largest in the South Bronx with 35 acres devoted to numerous activities including a recreation center with a 72-foot indoor pool. Originally part of the Jonas Bronck estate (whom the Bronx is named after), the park supports almost every type of sport including baseball, basketball, football, handball, soccer and tennis.
There are endless neighborhood grocery stores, so picking up last minute items is very convenient. For big weekly shopping, Western Beef’s huge supermarket on Morris Avenue at 139th is a favorite stop. There’s also a C-Town on Third Avenue and a Pioneer on Willis. For bulk shoppers, Restaurant Depot on Oak Point Avenue and BJs at the Bronx Terminal Market are local options as well.
In fact, the Bronx Terminal Market is the local mall of choice, with Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Home Depot, Burlington Coat Factory, Applebees, Raymour & Flanigan, Marshall’s and so much more.
The South Bronx Farmer’s Market, held every Saturday from 10am to 4pm through November 21st, is a great place to buy community-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and eggs. The vendors set up along 138th Street between Alexander and Willis Avenues, just beyond St. Jerome’s Church.
For renters interested in Mott Haven or Port Morris, one bedroom apartments start at $1,500/month. Two bedrooms start at $1,750 and three bedrooms can be found for $2,000/month. Townhomes, featuring washer/dryers and outdoor space, with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths start at $2,600.
For future homeowners, sales prices range from $400,000 to $800,000 for a 1 to 4 family home, depending on the location, amenities and condition.
If you’re looking to purchase or rent in Mott Haven, most offerings are off-market. Why? Owners don’t want to publicize what they have available. Luckily, many owners turn to us to help them find interested parties for their properties. If you want to be the first to know of upcoming listings for rent or sale, sign up for our newsletter or give us a call to help us understand exactly what your needs are.