Seldom known to some is that despite our strong suburban roots, we do get listings within city limits in the less densely-developed neighborhoods of its northernmost borough. To mark Cinco de Mayo, we thought we'd travel south of the suburban border and investigate our Bronx Tale:
CITY ISLAND | 75 Ditmars Street | $1,150,000
Nothing says "I live in New York City" more ironically than a single family mid-century modern neighboring a yacht club, let alone on .38 acres at the end of a cul-de-sac. Designed by Adams and Woodbridge in 1958, the City Island home was commissioned by the admiral of Harlem Yacht Club next door, making it a prime property for the modern mariner or simply anyone who enjoys laid-back coastal living. An open floor plan and oversized deck primes it for summer entertaining perfection. It's hard to imagine those #epic sunset views and 2,000 stylish square feet at a comparable price point of a Chelsea one-bedroom. (Extra points for the Mondrian throw pillows).
RIVERDALE | 4455 Douglas Avenue 9K | $879,000
If you've ever driven down the Henry Hudson Parkway on approach to Manhattan's West Side, you've no doubt wondered, if only for a fleeting moment, how incredible the views must be from those cliffside mid-rises in Riverdale. As the pictures prove, Hayden on Hudson doesn't disappoint. Attributed to noted mid-century developer Wechsler and Schimenti, this 9th floor condo in the Henry Kibel-designed building beckons sweeping views of the Hudson River and New Jersey Palisades embellished by both natural and manmade altitude. This leafy corner of the Bronx is unparalleled, with a lush landscape, easy access and close proximity to Van Cortlandt Park adding to the amenities. (We'll refrain from Archie references).
COUNTRY CLUB | 3239 Fairmount Avenue | $549,000
When was the last time you saw a Wolf six-burner gas cooktop in the most spaced-starved of cities, let alone with a potfiller and adjacent double Bosch ovens? This three-bedroom townhouse in the heart of Granted Country Club has all the amenities and stretching room of the suburbs with a convenient Eastern Bronx location that's an easy drive to Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn, as well as Westchester, Connecticut and Long Island. Skylit stairs lead to a third level north-facing master bedroom overlooking a rear deck.