My grandmother just died and left me her house in Riverdale (NY).
I googled it and the house and neighborhood look real nice.
But it's in the Bronx. Hmm.
I'm going to fly east and check it out. Maybe move.
Any comments appreciated.
Isn't that where Archie and the gang live?
Keep in mind that the buroughs are large and very varied. I live in Brooklyn and brownstones go for over $1.2 million, condos 600,000 to 1,000,000. Yeah really nutz.
I don't know Riverdale but two people I work with live there. They love it. It is a wealthy enclave, very green, lots of parks and views of the river. If I am not mistaken, Metronorth will get you to Grand Central in 20 minutes from there.
Good decision to check it out yourself.
I can confirm that Riverdale is beautiful.
My half-uncle just moved overseas to live with the rest of family and he left me his place in Rivendell. It's kind of in the middle of nowhere although the setting is gorgeous with surrounding mountains, streams and waterfalls. I also like the beach, and this place is too far east of the sea to visit the shore readily. The place is far too big for me and has the feel of being abandoned. However, despite the size and lack of neighbors, it feels homely. I think I'll give it a try. I hope the taxes and upkeep don't drain me.
Riverdale residents are so proud of their atypical Bronx enclave that they somehow managed to get Riverdale, NY instead of Bronx, NY as their city, state postal designation. And they're shrewd to do so; it's utterly unlike other parts of NYC. The Bronx has some lovely neighborhoods, but Riverdale has always been a standout one. You did well, kid. Easy to get into Manhattan (I think the 1 train goes there) and it's purty. Sorry about your grandmother.
River dale is very elegant and green, lots of beautiful views of the river, and indeed very easy connections to midtown manhattan.
I would sell it . Riverdale real estate goes for a pretty penny.
You've never seen your grandmother's house?
r5, Riverdale is Bronx, NY 10471. Upscale neighborhoods in Queens like Forest Hills and Kew Gardens are Flushing 11375 and Jamaica 11415.
The post office systems read ZIP Codes and street addresses. If you wrote 55 Central Park West, Beverly Hills, CA 10023 your envelope would be delivered in Manhattan.
[quote] I googled it and the house and neighborhood look real nice
really? You had to use Google to see what your grandmother's house looks like? You've never been to your grandmother's house?
R10, is your family so well adjusted and well funded that you can't imagine a child never visiting his grandmother's house?
Perhaps Granny was a raving bitch.
Perhaps Granny always visited the family instead of the other way around.
Perhaps Granny didn't like children in her house.
Perhaps Granny was a satanist and/or Republican and the parents didn't want children visiting her.
Perhaps the family was the inspiration behind "Flowers in the Attic".
To put it bluntly OP, Riverdale is full of white people with money. It's not the "Bronx" Bronx.
I like this site better than Google for addresses. It has names of residents.
Perhaps, OP's grand maman had several residences and this is one where the grandchildren never got the chance to visit? N'est pa?
R14, no they aren't.
R15, I prefer to think of OP's gran as a Cruella DeVille who deliberately skipped a generation and left the house to the black sheep of the family.
There is an abattoir in the basement with a Satanic bible which, when read backwards, summons a demon that resembles Richard Simmons.
While the demon will perform rudimentary plastic surgery on its master, it actively encourages her/him to "sweat to the oldies" - meaning Gregorian chants and dirges and drink almond milk. It's a gluten-free demon.
r16 is correct. The Cloisters is in Fort Tryon Park, in the northern Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood.
That's a very interesting site, R13.
[quote]You've never seen your grandmother's house? Odd.
Too odd. Troll.
In September of 1927, Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. moved his growing family from Boston to Riverdale, an affluent neighborhood in the Bronx. The 20-room house at 5040 Independence Avenue still stands.
It's Cruella DeVil, as in "devil." Get it?
Also, OP-- have you checked Zillow or the county assessor's office to see what the value is?
OP, last month I had a similar question. On youtube there are several videos of proud Riverdale residents driving all over town videotaping their community. This will give you an idea.
It has some of the most elite and expensive private schools in the city:
2. Horace Mann
3. Ethical Culture
R24 Jughead went to a private school?
R14, the cloisters are in upper Manhattan around dykeman
r26 while pronounced Dykeman, the correct spelling is Dyckman. "yck" is prounced "ike" as the Van Wyck (Expressway) family will confirm.
Riverdale has an IMPECCABLE reputation!
I don't think it's what you think of as the Bronx. I think it's a nice neighborhood. I'm not sure but I think. I think there are a lot of Jewish and Irish people living in that area, maybe.
Lady GaGa grew up there. Deduce from that what you want.
OP, do you have to pay a gift tax on the house?
Gift tax is paid by the donor, not the recipient. And this is not a gift-- it's from an estate. The estate would have to pay estate tax, but only if it's VERY large.
Jake Silbermann grew up in Riverdale. Lived there until moving to Manhattan when ATWT ended.
Do something nice and turn it into the Beauregard Burnside Memorial Home For Single Mothers
Riverdale is amazingly beautiful.
Slowly, all boroughs of NYC are being occupied by those who can't afford NYC anymore...Bronx being the last. Seriously, it will be hip before you know it.
Riverdale is nice.
And people need to quit getting freaked out when they hear "The Bronx" and "Harlem."
My Fundie sister, her husband & their brats all live in Riverdale. I've visited a few times. Lovely home in a nice neighborhood from what I could tell.
OP, sorry about the loss of your...................who the hell am I kidding here? Based on the tone of your post you obviously could give two shits about the old bag croaking, so why should we? What good are aging relations anyway outside of funding the hospice care industry & leaving behind large inheritances? Congrats on your recent property windfall. You must be ecstatic!
Riverdale used to be very Jewish. I know a black cop that lives there since 2010.
[quote]I know a black cop that lives there since 2010.[quote]
OP, rumor has it that the neighborhood has slowly deteriorated thanks to a string of unsolved violent crimes starting in 2010.
Isn't that where the Elves live?
Carly Simon's mother read magazines in the master bedroom past which Carly tiptoed, and her father sat at night with no lights on, at their home in Riverdale.
Does anyone know the address?
[quote]And people need to quit getting freaked out when they hear "The Bronx" and "Harlem."
How about Staten Island?
After WWII European Jews immigrated to Washington Heights. When they became successful the next move was Riverdale or Long Island to Great Neck and the Five Towns.
Riverdale is also home to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew. I work with his wife at NYU.
R43 What are the "Five Towns"? Anything like the Cinque Terre?
Your getting it for nothing, so if you don't want it, sell it. Whatever you get is more than what you had before.
R43, it's one of the Jewiest parts of Long Island. It's very nice, though it has become less Reform, more Orthodox over the last few decades.
I hope granny left you enough money to pay the property taxes as well. Otherwise, selling is your best (and only) option.
So neither one of your parents ever described Riverdale, OP?
"Jake Silbermann grew up in Riverdale. Lived there until moving to Manhattan when ATWT ended."
So during the years he was on TV, he was living at home with his parents?
Does it have a sauna and room for a pony?
r51, Jake made no money as an actor until the soap when he was 24.
OP, why in the fuck would you want a house out there? Let me take that piece of shit off your hands for say $50,000. Then you can stay back home in Omaha and not have to worry about it.
[quote]My grandmother just died and left me her house in Riverdale (NY)
How soon after she died did you create this thread?
I never saw my grandfather's homes. My mother rarely saw my grandfather after her parents divorce. When we did see him it was either at our house, in a different city, or at some event. This is hardly uncommon in contemporary society.
You've never been to your grandmothers house? It's not as if you inherited a complete strangers house, you have to fly out to check it out? You are an imbecile.
Riverdale feels much more like one of the quaint river towns along the Hudson and less like Tremont or Hunts Point. Lots of families, Jews and Irish.
Riverdale is NOT the Boogie Down Bronx.
One of my best high school friends lived there. His graduation party was held at a fancy country club overlooking the water. It was gorgeous.
OP is clearly a troll. Unless the grandmother bought the house over the last few years, what grandchild has never seen a grandparent's home?!!
Riverdale is for people who can't afford the upper west side, which is for people who cant afford the upper east side.
R61: so your saying Joseph Kennedy couldn't afford the UES or the UWS.
guess not if he was living in the Bronx, lol.
R62 We had standards then! We did NOT allow the Irish.
OP, I found your grandmother's pied a terre in Riverdale! It was in todays NYDailyNews. Very nice, I must say.
Do you need a boyfriend?
R60, it's not that unusual for a person to have never seen their grandparent's home. My grandmother left my grandfather and three young kids (my Mom and two brothers) for another man...needless to say the kids were estranged from their mother for many years (one of my uncles never reconciled with her). I only met her once when I was 17, and it was at the other uncle's home. I never was invited to her home and I never went there.
The UWS was not fashionable at all in Joseph Kennedy's day. And the blue-blood WASPS who ruled the UES wouldn't let him get within a mile of Fifth or Park. So he picked Riverdale, which was very well-to-do and less restrictive than other wealthy neighborhoods back then.
youre Jewish aren't you, OP
[quote] [R60], it's not that unusual for a person to have never seen their grandparent's home. My grandmother left my grandfather and three young kids (my Mom and two brothers) for another man...needless to say the kids were estranged from their mother for many years (one of my uncles never reconciled with her). I only met her once when I was 17, and it was at the other uncle's home. I never was invited to her home and I never went there.
So why would someone like that leave their home to a grandchild she'd never met or met only once?
Are your parents dead, OP? Aunts, uncles, cousins?