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Bronx, Quirky Homes, Recent Sales

Atop the city’s second-highest peak, in Riverdale, the Bronx, this opulent mansion has been beckoning the heavens–and seeking a buyer–since 2009 when it hit the market with an ask of $14 million; As 6sqft previously reported, the 17-room 1home was built in 1928 for an eccentric owner who never actually lived there herself, but rather constructed it for Jesus’ second coming. The house was asking $11 million in 2013 and re-listed with a $10 million price tag in 2015. Welcome2TheBronx reports that the home finally sold for $6,250,000 on January 9th of this year.

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Bronx, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors

The historic mansions of Riverdale never fail to impress, and this gem is no exception. Built in 1899 and known as the Esmeralda, the home has maintained many of its historic details over the years. Throughout formal dining and living areas, as well as all nine bedrooms, you’ll find finishes like hardwood flooring, oak doors, wood-beamed ceilings and fireplaces. The property also comes with an impressive degree of privacy, as you enter through a long, gated driveway. For this level of exclusivity and historic charm, the price tag is $4.129 million.

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Bronx, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Quirky Homes

Villa Charlotte Bronte, Villa Rosa Bonheur, 2395 Palisade Avenue, Bronx, Riverdale, John McKelvey, Robert Rabinowitz, co-ops, historic homes, multi-family, apartment buildings for sale, Spuyten Duyvil, cool listings

In case you need another reason to love New York City, this singular gem of a seven-unit apartment building perched on a wild cliff overlooking the Palisades where the Harlem River meets the mighty Hudson just hit the market. Built in 1924 as a co-operative by a super-literary lawyer/developer who also happened to be the first editor-in-chief of the Harvard Law Review, the Villa Rosa Bonheur at 2395 Palisade Avenue in Riverdale, the Bronx, is one of three; her sister buildings go by Villa Charlotte Brontë and Villa Victoria. Their creator, John J. McKelvey, was looking beyond the bottom line when he built what would be the first apartment buildings in the Bronx. Ms. Rosa is now on the market for a mere $2.595 million. There’s more: Her current owners are the family of the late “Beatlemania” creator Robert Rabinowitz.

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Bronx, Cool Listings

5501 Palisade Avenue, riverdale,

Leave it up to Riverdale to supply some of the most jaw-dropping, “is it really in New York City?” properties. This Greek Revival mansion looks like it belongs upstate, but it’s located right here in the Bronx, in a neighborhood known for impressive properties with views. The home is situated on the top of the hill, so it has prime views of the Hudson River and the Palisades. The interior, which boasts five bedrooms, isn’t too shabby, either.

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affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

While the Bronx has been busting at the seams with affordable housing lotteries, most of them have been clustered in the southern areas of the borough. The latest, however, takes us up to the historic Fieldston neighborhood of Riverdale, considered one of the city’s best preserved early 20th century suburbs. These nine available units, $1,230/month one-bedrooms and $1,403/month two-bedrooms, may not be located in one of the area’s signature revival style homes, but they are in a brand new building at 6155 Broadway, right on Van Cortlandt Park and steps away from the prestigious Horace Mann school.

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Bronx, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors

4950 Independence Avenue, facade, architecture

Riverdale is a neighborhood known for its incredible mansion properties. But this one at 4970 Independence Avenue–now on the market asking $3.69 million–really stands out among them all. First there’s the architecture — the home is a fine example of the Stick-Eastlake style, rarely seen in New York City. Then there’s its “utterly fascinating history,” as reported by Cured. Known as the Henry F. Spaulding Estate, it was constructed in 1880 in Riverdale when the area was a private community of country estates. To make way for the development of Wave Hill, the sprawling property was picked up and moved to its current location in 1909. If all that sounds interesting, just wait until you see the interior.

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affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

Van Cortlandt Green, Dattner Architects, affordable senior housing, NYC affordable housing lotteries, Riverdale real estate

It’s been widely noted that New York has an ever-growing population of low-income elders, and a new affordable housing project in Riverdale seeks to address the issue. Designed by Dattner Architects (who are also behind the Bronx’s huge West Farm Redevelopment Plan), the brand-new building at 6469 Broadway is known as Van Cortlandt Green and overlooks the park. It will offer 77 studios for $832/month for those age 62 and older. They’re available to one person earning between $26,430 and $36,300 annually and two persons earning between $26,430 and $41,460, according to the NYC HDC.

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Bronx, Recent Sales

5021 Iselin Avenue, Mediterranean mansion, Dr. Zizmor, Fieldston, Bronx real estate

Local celebrity Dr. Jonathan Zizmor has been both charming and perplexing subway riders for decades, thanks to his dermatology ads that subtly peddle cosmetic surgery against a rainbow background. But these will soon be a thing of the past, as the Daily News reported this morning that Dr. Zizmor has officially retired and closed his Upper East Side practice. And just hours later, Curbed broke the news that the doctor’s Mediterranean Revival mansion in the Fieldston section of the Bronx has gone into contract for $3.075 million after three years on the market. (Bet you never thought you’d hear so much Dr. Zizmor news in day!)

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Bronx, Cool Listings, Quirky Homes

Clement Acton Griscom Jr., Genevieve Ludlow Griscom, 360 West 253rd Street, Riverdale real estate, Bronx mansions

Up in Riverdale, atop the second-highest peak in the city, is an opulent mansion that beckons to the heavens–literally–that’s about to hit the market for $10 million. The grand, 17-room home was built back in 1928 by its eccentric owner who never actually lived in the home herself, but rather constructed it for Jesus’ second coming.

Genevieve Ludlow Griscom was by then the widow of Clement Acton Griscom Jr., a prominent shipping executive. She was a member of a cult-like religious group called the Outer Court of the Order of the Living Christ, which was rooted in Episcopalian beliefs, but focused on “reincarnation and Christian mysticism,” according to the Post. “The property was built as the group’s summer retreat and was surrounded by a high fence, leading neighbors to speculate that it was home to strange rituals,” they added.

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Bronx, Cool Listings

4501 Delafield Avenue, Riverdale, Bronx

The Bronx enclave of Riverdale is chock full of striking freestanding mansions of different architectural styles. This one at 4501 Delafield Avenue is in the Mediterranean Revival style, designed by the architect A. E. Klueppelberg in 1910. Indeed, this facade looks like something you’d sooner find in Europe than New York City. It’s uniqueness is paired with a gut renovation inside that’s completely modernized the home. It’s now on the market for $2.59 million, quite the price boost from when the property sold in 2013 for $1.336 million.

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