20 Riverdale Must-sees. Make that 21.


Untapped Cities recently highlighted 20 must-see sites in Riverdale from the beautiful Wave Hill to the historic Bell Tower to the quirky Magnum Comics.  At first glance, Riverdale may seem like a bedroom outpost for nearby Manhattan, but once you take the time to explore the “Dale” -a local’s moniker- the neighborhood begins to shows its unique charm.  

As Untapped Cities says:

Nowadays, Riverdale presents the day traveller with a mixture of its old charms and new arrivals. A walk through the neighborhood is a chance to view a variety of 19th and 20th century architectural styles and landscaping principles at work. The three main commercial streets – Riverdale Avenue, Johnson Avenue and Moshulu Avenue – offer newer attractions: cafes and off-beat curiosities.

The charm of Riverdale is that it has always defied trend.  With the Hudson River border, myriad brick co-operative buildings and low-density zoning, development is rarer than other neighborhoods.  Even as young people and families have moved in to escape the high rents of Manhattan,  the bucolic topography, the suburban feel with a subway and the slowness keeps the hood honest; as well as the hirsute barbershops, the Jewish cultural flavor –  I would add Liebman’s to Untapped Cities’ list- and the eternal Hudson River views.

Drawings by Ohiso

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Live Among The Clouds 


This full floor duplex penthouse offers seven bedrooms and eight full, and two half bathrooms. The Hudson River-facing master suite presents his and her master baths and individual walk in closets. Enjoy a dining room/library and two spectacular living spaces in the northwest and southwest corners. The open concept kitchen with Viking and Fisher and Paykel appliances presents separate from a complete staff kitchen. With an excess of 6150 sf of interior space and over 2900 sf of private outdoor space consisting of a roof terrace and 3 balconies, this luxury full-service penthouse floor dominates Riverdale, the hidden gem of New York City, located just minutes to Lincoln Center. Enjoy everything the City has to offer and then include entertainment, fine dining, shopping, schools and an extensive park network for outdoor activities including golf, horseback riding, fishing, tennis courts, and playgrounds that are all part of your Riverdale lifestyle. Solaria and Riverdale, living the way you dreamt it could be! $8,950,000.

Dominate The Sky

This duplex penthouse floor offers seven bedrooms and eight full, and two half bathrooms. The Hudson River-facing master suite presents his and her master baths and individual walk in closets. Enjoy a Dining Room and Library and two spectacular living spaces in the northwest and southwest corners. The open concept kitchen with Viking, and Fisher and Paykel appliances presents separate from a complete staff kitchen.

With in excess of 6150 sf of interior space and 2900 sf of private outdoor space consisting of a roof terrace and 3 balconies, this luxury full-service penthouse floor dominates Riverdale, the hidden gem of New York City, just minutes to Lincoln Center. Enjoy everything the City has to offer including entertainment, fine dinning, shopping, schools and an extensive park network for outdoor activities including golf, horseback riding, fishing, tennis courts, and playgrounds, shopping and fine dining.

Call for a tour: 718-884-o770 or visit Solaria Riverdale.

Riverdale: Best NYC Neighborhood For Families

 
Time Out New York asked readers to vote on the best NYC neighborhoods for families. Not surprisingly to us, Riverdale is #6. Riverdale may not be as hip as Williamsburg, but who needs hip when you are raising a family. With plenty of green space, public parks and affordable rents, Riverdale is quietly becoming an alternative to pricey Manhattan and Brooklyn. Baby strollers and dog walkers abound in this tree-lined walkable community. The sound of children flood the neighborhood when the school bell rings.  Kids throng around froyo and pizza hangouts much they did back in the day.   Parks are filled with analog play: tag, hide and seek, sidewalk drawing, climbing, swinging and jumping. Baseball fields and basketball courts feature after-school leagues and pick-up games.  The area is blessed with kid-friendly amenities to choose from such as The Bronx Zoo, Wave Hill, Yankee Stadium and Van Cortlandt Park to name a few.  

We built it, you come.

  

If you are going to build in NYC, you better build the best.  Solaria Riverdale. Value from the drawing board up.

SLCE ARCHITECTS LLP built Solaria as an iconic 20-story luxury condominium as part of their proud heritage of creating architecture in the world’s most complex urban environments. That is why they have become one of the most prolific firms in the New York City metropolitan area in large-scale residential developments. Other projects include: 15 CPW, MOMA Tower, 100 UN Plaza.

WSP CANTOR SEINUK, our engineering firm, has many years of experience in high-rise residential developments, and a rich history of leadership in sustainability, a committment to energy-efficient design, and a reputation for delivering innovative project solutions. Other projects include: One World Trade Center, The Ritz Carlton, Plaza Hotel.

Is Riverdale The Next Big Neighborhood? 

  
In the last year, Riverdale has been in the news as an alternative real estate option to Manhattan. Many New Yorkers are starting to look to the outer boroughs like Brooklyn, but Riverdale, with its suburban feel, natural beauty and proximity to New York City, is finally getting some long overdue love.

In The Gothamist’sNew York Brokers Discuss Women & Real Estate Trends, Cathy Franklin sees a possible luxury trend in Riverdale.

What do you see as the next phase of luxury in the outer boroughs?

CF:
 I love Riverdale. I used to live there. Those homes are so beautiful, so I can easily see that strengthening. And Brooklyn—the sky is the limit.

But it’s not only a luxury market.  In a recent New York Times piece, A Fixer-Upper in Riverdale, a school math teacher found an affordable apartment.

She had her eye on Riverdale, an area that was close to family and work, with good schools and prices she could afford on a budget of up to $270,000. 

Streeteasy named the nearby neighborhood of Spuyten Duyvil as one of New York City’s top 10 hottest neighborhoods of 2015.  Ranked eighth, Spuyten Duyvil is the only Bronx neighborhood to make the top-ten list.
An AMNY article from October, talked about the history, green space and suburban feel of Riverdale.

Today long winding drives and an abundance of plant life have helped Riverdale retain its suburban roots, while pleasant commercial centers at Riverdale and Mosholu avenues, two universities (Manhattan College and The College of Mount Saint Vincent), and some of the city’s best private and public schools have brought the neighborhood into the 21st century.

A July 2014 article in The New York Times featured the “leafy oasis” and it’s proximity to Manhattan.

Metro-North Railroad’s Hudson line takes about a half-hour to get from the Riverdale station to Grand Central Terminal. Monthly passes are $193, and permit parking is available. Some commuters take Hudson Rail Link buses, which are timed to meet trains, instead of driving to the station. Fares are a MetroCard swipe. A joint bus and train pass is $228.75 a month. There are also express buses to Midtown East, Midtown West and the financial district, though residents say they can be slow. Drivers have easy access to the Henry Hudson Parkway.

  

Spuyten Duyvil Named One of Hottest NYC Neighborhoods

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StreetEasy names Spuyten Duyvil one of New York City’s hottest neighborhoods for 2015.

The report states:

StreetEasy scored every New York City neighborhood based on annual growth in median asking rent and actual sale prices of homes, as well as its 10-year growth in population – three indicators of increased demand to live in a specific neighborhood. A “hot” neighborhood was identified as one that showed relatively high growth rate in sale prices, rents and total population.

Ranked eighth, Spuyten Duyvil is the only Bronx neighborhood to make the top-ten list.