The leafy, well-tended Fieldston Historic District–one of New York City’s only privately owned neighborhoods–lies within the Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale. Here inside this 4,200-square-foot whitewashed stucco Mediterranean Revival home you’ll find original 1901 details, modern, energy-efficient updates and at least five bedrooms–just twenty minutes from Lincoln Center. Altogether it’s a mix of suburban quietude, townhouse grandeur and a New York City address, for $1.95 million. in addition to plenty of room on two stories for living and entertaining–plus outdoor space for gardening–there are a few 21st century surprises.
In addition to classic proportions and original details, recent renovations have added practical and efficient green features like a Nest third-generation thermostat, gas-fueled heating and a charging station for electric vehicles. But the most dramatic feature of this home may be its two-story living room with tall windows, original woodwork, a carved stone fireplace and a pretty pair of stained glass panes.
Off the living room is a windowed formal dining room.
Also on the first floor are a bedroom and a full bath plus a large home office, with plenty of windows for inspiration in every season.
The first surprise here is a cool, retro kitchen, with stainless cabinetry, graphic floor tiles and serious appliances. A built-in pearl-grey vinyl diner-style booth is both fun and a good use of the space, and shiny chrome soda fountain stools upholstered in lipstick red add even more fifties fun.
Upstairs on the second floor, a thoroughly grown-up and cozy master bedroom lies beneath vaulted ceilings and a skylight. The second floor also has two more bedrooms and a second bath.
A finished walk-out lower level could serve as a mother-in-law apartment or a studio.
In the back, there’s plenty of room for gardening (there’s a big shed to stash your tools), dining, or lounging.
Another pleasant surprise: The aforementioned green features for energy-conscious owners including a charging station for your electric cars in a custom-built enclosure next to the driveway. Nearby are several well-known and highly-regarded private schools, Riverdale Park, Van Cortlandt Park and the gorgeous public gardens of Wave Hill–and the 1 subway line that gets you to the Upper West Side of Manhattan in minutes.
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Images courtesy of Sotheby’s.
Neighborhoods : Fieldston