Widely considered one of New York City’s hidden gems, this idyllic waterfront community perched atop the hills overlooking the Hudson River is synonymous with sprawling mansions and exquisite parks and gardens along the water.
But the housing market is in fact quite diverse, with a smattering of single-family homes and apartment buildings with gorgeous brick exteriors alongside the opulent Colonial, Georgian, Gothic Revival, Tudor, and Craftsman-style mansions for which the community is known.
The community is best known for a collection of distinctive mid-19th-century mansions, including Alderbrook, Greyston, Oaklawn, Stonehook, and the famed Corleone House– where parts of The Godfather were filmed – as well as luxury apartments in contemporary towers and mid-rise complexes sequestered around the Henry Hudson Parkway.
Bordered by North Riverdale to the north, Fieldston and Kingsbridge to the east, Spuyten Duyvil to the south, and the Hudson River to the west, the community provides access to some of the finest neighborhoods and attractions in the Bronx.
Highlights include the Riverdale Historic District, originally a 100-acre parcel subdivided into seven estates connected by a single carriage alley.
Landmarks include the Henry Hudson Park Monument and Riverdale Memorial Bell Tower.
Nearby attractions include Wave Hill, a botanical garden and cultural center with views of the Hudson River, and Van Cortlandt Park, which offers wooded jogging paths, playing fields, and a public golf course.
It also boasts a wonderful array of dining options, offering everything from casual sushi and burger joints to fine dining Italian and Greek restaurants.
The neighborhood falls into District 10 with excellent options for public and private schools, including esteemed private schools like Horace Mann, Fieldston, and Riverdale Country.
When it comes to public transport, residents have access to the number 1 train at Van Cortlandt Park as well as the express bus.
Riverdale traces its origins back to the 1850s with construction of the estates and mansions of Manhattan’s wealthiest entrepreneurs. It has retained its reputation as a prestigious suburban development over the years and continues to attract high-profile residents.
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