This $4.5M historic Riverdale home overlooks the Hudson River from an elegant veranda

This $4.5M historic Riverdale home overlooks the Hudson River from an elegant veranda

January 23, 2023

Photo courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Known as the Henry Atherton Villa, this extraordinary home at 5247 Independence Avenue was known at the turn of the 20th century as a gathering place for artists, poets, and society notables. Looking out over the Hudson River and the Palisades beyond, the property is 15 minutes away from Midtown Manhattan, surrounded by the verdant historic Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale. Built in 1830, the Gothic Revival style home received a Colonial Revival addition at the turn of the century. Asking $4,500,000, the home spans 10,000 square feet, with nine bedrooms, gracious lawns, a solarium, and a veranda with breathtaking river views.

At the front of the home are an elegant porte cochere and a circular drive. Inside, rooms have gracious proportions, beginning with a large entryway for welcoming residents and guests. Interiors feature a wealth of original architectural details; modern updates have been added, but we’re guessing at least a few more will be required.

A large living room opens onto a sweeping veranda with spectacular river views. It’s a rare outdoor space perfect for warm-weather entertaining, dining, or enjoying a break from hectic city life.

The kitchen is both traditional and up-to-date, with warm wood cabinetry and sleek integrated appliances. Also on the main floor are a formal dining room and a classic wood-paneled library.

On the next two floors are the home’s nine bedrooms, all of which are well-proportioned with closets and views. The primary bedroom features a private balcony.

On the garden level are windowed offices with Hudson River vistas; guest/staff quarters open onto a solarium. Also on this level is a laundry room and several storage rooms.


[5247 Independence Avenue at CityRealty]

[At Douglas Elliman by Steve Halprin, Abigail Agranat, and Charles Brophy]

Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

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