Villanova Heights is a private N.Y.C. community of fifteen high-end homes in Northwest Riverdale, five miles north of the George Washington Bridge and just off the Henry Hudson Parkway. It is a fifteen-minute drive to midtown.
The homes are individually designed in traditional, classic American styles. Each home has an outdoor pool and elevator. House sizes range from 7,500 – 15,000 sq. ft. The lots are 25,000 sq. ft. The homes have been assigned market values in excess of $7 million by the NYC Real Estate Tax Dept. Individual appraisals have been as high as $9 million.
Currently there are fourteen homes, and all are leased. Lease terms run one to two years. Monthly rentals range from $18,500 – $22,500, which includes real estate taxes. All outdoor maintenance is included: landscaping, pool maintenance, and snow removal. All indoor maintenance is done by Villanova Heights’ staff.
Two new homes are under construction; 5300 Grosvenor Ave. and 5310 Grosvenor Ave. are expected to be ready for occupancy by early Spring 2022.
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The Riverdale Community
Villanova Heights is located in the peaceful and wonderfully convenient enclave of Riverdale in Bronx County, New York City, only a short drive from downtown Manhattan and Westchester. Riverdale begins just above Manhattan’s northern tip and is bordered on the west by the high ground along the majestic Hudson River, on the south by the Harlem River Ship Canal, on the east by Van Cortlandt Park, and on the north by the city of Yonkers in Westchester.
Riverdale exudes a strong sense of Westchester-like suburbia, with numerous parks dotting the landscape. The Wave Hill Mansion, with breathtaking views of the Hudson, offers twenty-eight magnificent acres of exotic botanical gardens, a museum, concerts, festivals, and the Perkins Visitor Center.
Riverdale is accessed by car via the Henry Hudson Parkway or Broadway. Midtown Manhattan is a twelve-mile trip. The Metro North train (Riverdale or Spuyten Duyvil stations) is only a twenty-three-minute ride to Grand Central. The IRT subway #1 line starts at 242nd Street and Broadway. MTA Express Buses also connect with Manhattan.
Riverdale is home to three prestigious private schools: Horace Mann, Riverdale Country School, and the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. All are less than half a mile from Villanova Heights.
Public elementary, middle, and high schools in the neighborhood include P.S. 24, P.S. 81, and M.S. /H.S. 141. Many Riverdale residents also attend the Bronx High School of Science and the High School for Environmental Studies.
Riverdale also boasts numerous excellent Jewish and Roman Catholic parochial schools. For yeshivas there are the Riverdale Temple Nursery School, the Riverdale YM-YWHA preschool, Kinneret Day School and Junior High, the SAR Academy (for grades 1-8) and High School, Yeshiva of the Telshe Alumni, and Yeshiva Ohavei Torah. The Catholic elementary schools in the area are St. Margaret of Cortona and St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church; the two Roman Catholic colleges are Manhattan College and the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
Houses of Worship
The Jewish community has grown since 1947, when the Riverdale Temple (Reform) held its first service. Now the area includes five Orthodox synagogues, the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, and Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale.
There are several Christian houses of worship in Riverdale. These include St. Margaret of Cortona (Roman Catholic), St. Peter the Apostle Greek Orthodox Church, Riverdale Presbyterian Church, St. Stephen’s Methodist Church, Christ Church Riverdale (Episcopalian), and Carolina Baptist Church. Other religious centers in Riverdale include the Riverdale Islamic Center and the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture.