Located on the northern edge of the Bronx, just blocks from Westchester County’s southern border, Wakefield might be familiar to some as the last stop on the number 2 train.
But this thriving neighborhood is so much more than a sign on the metro station – it’s a viable place to live, offering an excellent selection of single-family homes, duplexes, and low-rise multi-family apartment buildings with gorgeous brick work.
Some of the most sought-after properties in the neighborhood are pre-war single-family homes with small gardens and manicured lawns that give Wakefield a suburban feel and undeniable curb appeal. Buyers will spot a few Colonials and Victorians around town.
The commercial strip, White Plains Road, is lined with supermarkets, mom-and-pop eateries serving authentic Caribbean, Guyanese, and Chinese fare, cafés, bakeries, pizza joints, barber shops, and other businesses.
Highlights include Shoelace Park, which features running paths, a playground, and a small river where visitors can go kayaking, and Wakefield Library, which provides access to public computers, wifi, printers, and a wonderful selection of books, magazines, and digital media.
Public transport options include the number 2 and 5 trains, the Metro-North Railroad on the Harlem Line, and the BxM11 express bus, which plies White Plains Road and goes to 5th Avenue and 23rd Street in Manhattan.
Residents can send their children to Bronx Charter School for Better Learning, the Hector Fontanez School (PS 103), and John Philip Sousa Junior High School (JHS 142), just to name a few.
The area known today as Wakefield was mostly farmland up until 1840 with the construction of the Harlem Railroad and Washingtonville’s incorporation into the village in 1889. The neighborhood gets its name from the plantation in which former U.S. President George Washington was born.
Today, it’s a prosperous neighborhood with a diverse population and a strong sense of community.
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