Riverdale MD Homes For Sale
Riverdale Park, formerly known as Riverdale, is a town in Prince George's County, Maryland. Located 7 miles from the Washington DC border, this charming older community is 1.68 square miles in size with a population of about 7,000 residents. The town is bisected by the Anacostia River and bordered on the western side by the old U.S. Route 1. It is also associated with next-door Riverdale Hills and Riverdale Heights.The community of College Park lies to the north with Hyattsville to the south. Likes its neighbors, Riverdale Park came of age as a streetcar suburb, although its history dates back further.
In 1799, George Calvert, grandson of the fifth Lord Baltimore, proposed marriage to young Rosalie Stier whose family had fled Belgium during a time of political upheaval. Rosalie's father Henri wished to buy land in the area and Calvert recommended a fertile tract through which the Anacostia River flowed. Henri and his wife began building a large manor but returned to Belgium in 1804 before the house was completed. They turned the land over to George and Rosalie and in time the grand Georgian mansion known as Riverdale was completed. Three generations of Calverts would ultimately live on the estate. To learn more about Riverdale MD homes for sale in Prince George's County, give us a call today at (202) 798-3600.
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In 1835, the B&O Railroad arrived accompanied by a handsome Victorian-style depot constructed by the Riverdale Park Company. The streetcar arrived in 1899, leading the way for a new era of commuter suburbs. The trolley stopped every ten minutes and trips to Union Station took just 17 minutes to complete. A wave of new development brought more homes, shops and businesses. The town was incorporated in 1920 and began moving away from the stewardship of the Riverdale Park Company which had basically run development and services to that point.
Architecture up until World War II was varied, including Victorian, Colonial, Dutch Colonial and kit bungalows from Sears Roebuck and other catalog companies (commonly known as Craftsman homes). The post-war era brought Ramblers and Split-levels, and most recently, a smattering of new home construction. Recent property prices have been in the low to mid six figure range, with upscale townhouses at the new Parker development listing in the $400s.
In 1999, Riverdale changed its name to Riverdale Park, paying homage to the early development company that spurred its growth. Nonetheless, the town is often still called Riverdale. In March of 2013, the Mayor and Town Council approved plans by the Riverdale Arts Council to team with the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation to promote new creative and commercial opportunities. The town is also moving ahead with funding for a Metro Purple Line stop. With the Anacostia River and its greenbelt, charming old cottages and a pro-active community, this old streetcar suburb is once again on the move.
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Listing information last updated on April 21st, 2019 at 12:03am EDT.