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136-Year-Old Riverdale Landmark Returns With a $1M Price Cut

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The landmarked Bronx home is a lovely example of Stick Eastlake architecture

This Bronx house, known as the Henry F. Spaulding Estate, has an utterly fascinating history: It was first built in 1880 and is a great example of what's known as the Stick-Eastlake style, something you don't see too much of in New York City. It was moved in 1909 from its original location in a different part of Riverdale to its current site at 4970 Independence Avenue; it's also both a New York City landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Alas, the home's fascinating backstory and completely charming look haven't helped sell it: It hit the market in 2011 with a $4.7 million ask; it was re-listed in 2014 for $4.35 million; and before this most recent listing, it was asking $3.8 million. The latest price chop takes it down to just about $3.7 million. (But that would still earn it a spot on the list of the Bronx's most expensive homes.)

As for the house itself, it has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and the exterior has many of the hallmarks of that Stick-Eastlake style of architecture: board-and-batten siding, jigsaw ornamentation, twin chimneys, and a slate roof. There's a main house and a smaller cottage, which are connected by a family room that features, among other details, a drinking fountain that came from the old Metropolitan Opera House. Like we said, this place is ridiculously historic.