LOCATION: Riverdale, the Bronx — Conceived in the mid-19th century by a group of wealthy businessmen as a “suburban summer community,” Riverdale feels more like a quaint locale upstate than a part of the five boroughs. The neighborhood on the northwest side of the Bronx is filled with houses of the Colonial Revival, Gothic, and neoclassical styles, all with driveways, terraces, and trees aplenty. Sitting down the block from the beloved Wave Hill Public Garden, 5247 Independence Avenue is one of those stately homes — and one of the 34 that make up the Riverdale Historic District.
SPECS: 9 beds, 8 baths, 10,000 square feet, 0.61 acres — Built in 1853, around the time the neighborhood was established, the Henry L. Atherton Villa is a Gothic Revival–style house with some Colonial Revival additions completed during the 1910s. Today, the residence preserves its posh, old-world exterior details: two chimneys, gabled slate roofs, Doric columns, and a porte cochere. Inside, a sizable square parlor opens to a formal dining room and kitchen on the right, and an elegant library with bay windows on the left. Toward the back of the home, on the first floor, the living room has glass doors to an expansive veranda with Hudson River views. There are five bedrooms on the second floor, including a master bedroom with a river-view terrace, and three more on the third floor.