Eight years ago renowned documentary maker Albert Maysles and his wife moved from the famous Dakota on the Upper West Side to a 134-year-old townhouse on West 122nd Street in Harlem. Inside is a mix of old and new.

"The woodwork is all the original stuff and it's got four fireplaces, two on each floor. You're in the past but you're very much in the present," Maysles said.

The home is one of 12 open to the public this Sunday, part of the 25th annual house tour in and around the Mount Morris Park Historic District. It's presented by the neighborhood's community improvement association to show off the area.

"You come up to the tour and you say this is the type of community I would like to live in. I'd like to raise my children up here where people really get along and the community takes pride in itself," said House Tour Co-Chairwoman Ramona Scott-Thomas.

Along the way you can see one townhouse on West 118th Street, which was just a shell when Bill Rohlfing and Jeanette McClennan discovered it in 2001. They renovated it and raised three kids there.

"We like to show what we have done. And we also like to encourage people to come into this neighborhood because it's a great neighborhood," Rohlfing said.

There's also the apartment on Lenox Avenue where Chef Alain Eoche lives. It's right above his new restaurant called Cherie. And you can check out Valerie Jo Bradley's townhouse built in 1888 which features original wood staircases and floors and tin ceilings.

"When we started doing the tours 25 years ago, it actually did bring people up here to buy the houses, because they were amazed at how gorgeous they were," Bradley said.

And it's not just about the homes. Visitors can stop by a community garden on West 119th Street, where neighbors raise bees for honey and hops to make beer and soap.

"It's people getting the initiative to make it their own, so we are becoming really proud of what we are doing on our block and also in our neighborhood," said Lawrence Rodriguez of the Walter Miller Memorial Garden.

The tours run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit mmpcia.org.

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