Villanova Heights, Robert A.M. Stern`s Ambitious Residential Community of Traditional Houses, is Unveiled in New York`s Historic Riverdale Neighborhood
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NEW YORK--(Business Wire)-- Villanova Heights, a distinctive residential development of classic houses designed by the award-winning Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, is now under construction in Riverdale, N.Y., an historic residential community in the northwest Bronx, just 12 miles from midtown Manhattan. The ambitious collection of houses will feature 15 uniquely-designed homes that embody the traditional characteristics of the Riverdale community. The project, developed by Riverdale resident John E. Fitzgerald, is scheduled to be completed in 2013. The neighborhood has been home to iconic American figures like Lou Gehrig, Mark Twain, John F. Kennedy, and Fiorello La Guardia. The celebrated community has been recognized by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, with 257 homes in the area protected by Landmark status. Situated on 16 coveted acres of Riverdale, Villanova Heights is located on the highest point in New York City. The classic houses will evoke the feeling of a residential community that harks back to a more idyllic time in America, with spacious, stately homes comfortably placed in close proximity to one another. "It's a pleasure to be able to work in the long tradition of American suburban enclave design, where an inspired developer gives an architect the opportunity to design a neighborhood of houses that relate to each other in scale and character, but exhibit stylistic variety," said Robert A.M. Stern, founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects and dean of the Yale School of Architecture. "We are creating at Villanova Heights the kind of dense, walkable suburb that Americans have valued for over a hundred years, from the time of Olmsted at Riverside, Illinois, to that of Dwight James Baum at Fieldston." "We're glad to be working once again in Riverdale following on the completion of our Perkins Visitor Center at Wave Hill in 2004," said Gary Brewer, Partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, who is leading the design effort along with Mr. Stern. Villanova Heights houses will draw on traditional architectural vocabularies - including Shingle, Dutch Colonial, Colonial Revival, French Norman and Arts & Crafts -while incorporating modern amenities. "We chose Robert Stern because we were confident he could preserve the integrity of this important community with carefully-designed properties that blend with the personality of the area," says developer John E. Fitzgerald, a long-time Riverdale resident. Villanova Heights features picturesque hilltop settings, verdant landscaping, and quaint surroundings. The development will offer discerning families the benefits of living in an authentic, intimate, suburban atmosphere while still providing close proximity to the bustling culture of Manhattan. Families also will have access to some of the finest private schools in the nation. Houses in Villanova Heights feature over 10,000 square feet of space and traditional residential features such as formal dining rooms, a butler`s pantry, cobblestone driveways, sprawling lawns, separate staff quarters, large bay windows and libraries. Sotheby`s International Realty is the exclusive marketing and sales agent for Villanova Heights. Homes are priced between $9.5 and $15 million. For sales information, please contact Joseph Stilo at Joseph.Stilo@Sothebyshomes.comor Rachel Wood at Rachel.Wood@Sothebyshomes.com. About the Developer The Villanova Heights project was initially conceptualized by Riverdale resident, John E. Fitzgerald. In 1971, John Fitzgerald established The Law Firm of Fitzgerald & Fitzgerald, P.C. This nationally prominent litigation firm of 25 lawyers had its first offices at Johnson Ave. and West 235th St. in Riverdale. A longtime member of the Riverdale community, Fitzgerald wanted this new residential project to represent a new tradition; harkening back to the 19th century villas constructed by New York`s finest, while simultaneously providing all the modern amenities of today. Fitzgerald envisioned a community of classic homes which would complement Riverdale`s great architectural history. To accomplish this, he sought out Robert A.M. Stern, the Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, one of America's foremost designers of traditional single-family homes and a historian of American planned suburbs. For more information, please visit http://www.villanovaheights.com/. Maloney & Fox Julie Levinthal, 646-356-8383 email@example.com Copyright Business Wire 2009