Van Cortlandt Village: A Historic Enclave in the Bronx
Updated: Sep 22, 2021
By: Vicki Green, a BHS Riverdale Agent
Nestled in the Kingsbridge section of the northwest Bronx is Van Cortlandt Village, a tranquil enclave of tree-lined streets and picturesque homes --- many of which showcase early 20th-century architectural styles, ranging from neo-Georgian to neo-Tudor. With a street plan designed by Frederick Law Olmsted -- designer of both Central Park and Prospect Park -- the area invokes a sense of peaceful, old-world charm.
The Kingsbridge area was vital to the defense of New York City during the American Revolution. This was due in large part to Fort Independence, which played a significant role in controlling soldiers' passage through the city. Similarly, the construction of the Kingsbridge Armory in 1917 made the area active in the country's World War II efforts.
Following the opening of the 238th Street subway station in 1908, Van Cortlandt Village saw a surge in residential development. Building upon Olmsted's expertly crafted street plan, which allowed for parks and transit systems, the area's development included a variety of housing options -- ranging from single-family homes to apartments.
Today, this historic neighborhood – framed by the Jerome Park Reservoir and nearby Van Cortlandt Park – offers many opportunities to own real estate in NYC at a fraction of the prices found in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and other surrounding communities. With all the benefits and amenities of the city -- including low real estate taxes -- combined with a relatively suburban feel, the area offers the perfect balance of comfort, convenience, and value.
Van Cortlandt Village residents enjoy convenient access to subways and several local and express buses. The area is also home to a major shopping district.
Neighborhood schools include P.S. 95 and the Ampark Neighborhood School, as well as the renowned Bronx High School of Science and the historic DeWitt Clinton High School. The Nearby Lehman College, a CUNY school, hosts many community cultural events in the renowned Lovinger Theatre.
Vicki Green is a licensed real estate salesperson in our Riverdale office. You can learn more about her and see her current listings here.