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Riverdale is an affluent residential neighborhood in the northwest portion of the Bronx in New York City. Early in its residential development, Riverdale was a 19th-century estate district where many of Manhattan's moguls built their country estates. At the turn of the century, the new popularity of railroad commute enabled wealthy businessmen to make Riverdale their year-round residence. The Fieldston neighborhood, owned by a private association, is a particularly intact example of a turn-of-the century upper class suburb. The Hudson Hill neighborhood retains many of its historic mansions. Riverdale's elite private schools and historic churches also reflect this past. As the 20th century progressed, upscale apartment buildings and smaller houses were added to the neighborhood. To this day, Riverdale continues to maintain its character as an affluent enclave in the city of New York. The rich history of Riverdale has led to the creation of the Riverdale Historic District. Riverdale covers about three square miles in area. Riverdale has one of the highest elevations in New York City, affording it spectacular views of the Empire State Building, George Washington Bridge, Hudson River and New Jersey Palisades. It is also remarkable for the numerous parks and expanses of lush greenery and original forest that overwhelm its hilly, serene landscape. It is bordered on the north by the city of Yonkers; to the east by Van Cortlandt Park, the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx and the Marble Hill section of Manhattan; to the west by the Hudson River; and to the south by the Harlem River, which creates a small geographic barrier between Riverdale and upper Manhattan. The subsections of Riverdale are: Spuyten Duyvil / South Riverdale (Riverdale below West 232nd Street), Central Riverdale (The "downtown of Riverdale“ from Manhattan College Parkway to West 232nd Street and from the Henry Hudson Parkway to Riverdale Avenue and Waldo Avenue), Fieldston (Riverdale south and east of the Henry Hudson Parkway, north of Manhattan College Parkway and west of Tibbett Avenue), North Riverdale (Riverdale above West 254th Street). The leafy, scenic enclave of Fieldston, a private community, was designated as a historic district by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2006.

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Rental Prices:

$698 ― $1,625

Sales Prices:

$168,000 ― $390,000


Manhattan College, Riverdale Park, Horace Mann School, Riverdale Country School, The Fieldston School

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  • Mario
    November 12th 2014
    I used to live in Riverdale from 1973 up until 2004, I miss Riverdale and all it's charms
  • mareman
    November 6th 2014
    Lived here a number of years, a beautiful town. I particularly love the city mixed with suburb feel. Definitely worth visiting, even if just to see Wave Hill!
  • Kelly
    October 7th 2014
    Can't beat the commute times!
  • peterjohnson
    June 19th 2014
    Great area of the Bronx. Suburban feel and great access to city on the 1 train.

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