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Bedford Park, The Bronx

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Boundaries:

Located in the North Bronx, Bedford Park is tucked between the New York Botanical Garden, the Rosehill Campus of Fordham University and the Lehman College campus.

Mosholu Parkway marks Bedford Park's northern border, the 1,122-acre Van Cortlandt Park lies just beyond its northwest corner and the southern boundary is 196th or 198th Street. Bedford Park is part of Bronx Community District 7.

   
History:

About 150 years ago, much of Bedford Park was part of the vast estate owned by Leonard Jerome, Winston Churchill's grandfather. He sold the Bedford Park tract in the 1850s, but it took 20 years for a group of developers to subdivide the property and begin to build houses. Designed as a suburban retreat, the community was named for the London suburb of Bedford, which is the inspiration for the Queen Anne architecture seen in many of the original houses.

   
Today:

Today the neighborhood is home to a vibrant mix of Irish, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Koreans, Bangladeshis, Albanians, Indians and seniors of Italian and Jewish ancestry.

   
Transportation:
Commuting time to midtown is a half hour on the D, B and 4 trains. There are a handful of major highways nearby, a Metro North train station near Webster Avenue and an express bus to Manhattan on the Grand Concourse at 205th Street.
   
Schools:
Bedford Park's public schools include P.S. 8 and the Bronx New School - a magnet school established by local parents in 1988. Parents also established Jonas Bronck Academy, a public middle school on the campus of Manhattan College in Riverdale. There are several Roman Catholic schools in the area, including the St. Philip Neri school on the Grand Concourse and the Grace Lutheran grade school on Valentine Avenue. The Academy of Mount St. Ursula, the oldest Catholic high school for girls in New York State, sits on a rocky hill on Bedford Park Boulevard.
   
Housing Stock:

Many of the Art Deco buildings that line the Grand Concourse and Mosholu Parkway were converted to co-ops in the 1980s. One-and two- bedroom apartments have hardwood floors, crown moldings and nine-footc eilings. Bedford Park's hilly side streets are lined with 80- and 90-year-old frame houses, many of which have been divided into two or three apartments.

   
Where do I find my new home?
In addition to real estate classifieds in the City's large-circulation newspapers, check out local papers like the Bronx Press Review, the Bronx Times, the Bronx News, the Bronx Beat and the Riverdale Press. In addition, you will find real estate magazines in most brokers' offices showing properties currently available. Another potential source of information are the privately-run real estate websites, such as Real Estate Español, Realty Times, Realtor.com or HomeStore.

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