Listing of the Day
Location: Riverdale, New York
Price: $2.995 million
When it came time to renovate this stately 1930 Tudor in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, owner Richard Sharp knew he pretty much had to start from scratch.
“The house was a total gut rehab,” said Mr. Sharp, an architect and interior designer. “Everything is basically new, but we tried to keep the character of the original house,” he said.
As part of his one-year renovation, Mr. Sharp enriched some of the original details, adding wide-plank oak floors with ebony and mahogany inlay, new plaster moldings and ceiling medallions, a stone mantel, wall sconces, and a wrought-iron staircase. All of the hardware in the house is now oil-rubbed bronze.
He was able to remove one wall to make the kitchen bigger. The master bedroom now has three large closets, including a walk-in. He also opened up the windows to bring in more light and air.
“The rooms are better organized to make them flow better,” he said. “There is now a center hall, with the dining room and living room on either side.”
Located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, the home is in a remarkably private setting.
“It’s literally 15 minutes from Lincoln Center, maybe 25 in traffic,” Moran said. “It’s so accessible, plus you’ve got the subway and Metro-North trains.”
The 3,036-square-foot house has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and one half bath. It sits on a 0.57-acre lot, which is quite large for Riverdale. An adjoining lot is available for sale separately for $900,000.
The house has central air-conditioning with separate systems for each of the three floors, a gas fireplace in the living room, and a two-car garage, which is unusual in Riverdale. The original slate roof has been restored and a big horseshoe-shaped driveway was added during the renovation. The basement has been fully renovated, with an apartment that has a separate entrance.
“The master bathroom is very large, with probably the largest walk-in shower in Riverdale,” Mr. Sharp added. “It’s all done in three different types of coordinated marble, plus a ceiling medallion.”
Riverdale has two neighborhoods with grand single-family homes: Fieldston and the Estates Section, which is on the west side of the Henry Hudson Parkway and closer to the Hudson River. This is in the Estates Section, “which typically has larger pieces of property and in many cases bigger homes as well,” said listing agent Michael Moran.
“The Estates Section feels more like the country,” Moran said. “It’s closer to the water and goes down to the Hudson.”
“It’s such a beautiful area,” Mr. Moran added. “You have these magnificent homes—many are prewar mansions that have been restored. A lot of them still have that authentic prewar layout.”
The house is close to Wave Hill, once home to Mark Twain and now a 28-acre public garden.
Agents: Michael Moran and Matthew George, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
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