Bordering tony Fieldston and Riverdale in the Bronx, hilly Kingsbridge has some marvelously quiet blocks with still-affordable Tudor townhouses and small Colonials. It's a diverse area, with Orthodox Jews, Hispanics, African-Americans, and aging Italian and Irish populations. Turn one corner and you'll hit a Greek market; another, and you'll find a market selling plantains and El Diario. Kingsbridge has a shopping district on Broadway and large apartment buildings that keep the population dense enough to maintain a nice buzz of sidewalk traffic. At the neighborhood's northern edge, the richly forested 1,146-acre Van Cortlandt Park provides a bucolic respite, with two golf courses, tennis courts, a stable, and a freshwater lake.
Prime areas: A tidy area of Tudor townhouses and small detached Colonials lies between Irwin and Kingsbridge Avenues. "Up the hill" west of Irwin Avenue is still the Kingsbridge Zip Code, but these forested, winding roads are generally considered Riverdale, where home prices start in the mid-300s.
Wrong side of the tracks: Areas east of Broadway are marred by ugly high-rises and views of the Major Deegan Expressway.
Commute to midtown: The No. 1 and 9 subway line and express buses whisk residents down Broadway; midtown takes about 30 minutes.
Public schools: Elementary schools are overcrowded and generally low-performing, but Kingsbridge children have long attended a well-regarded middle school in Riverdale. That could change with controversial plans that call for building a new middle school in Kingsbridge. This would allow the local school board, headed by former state attorney general Oliver Koppell, to add high-school grades to the Riverdale middle school. Riverdale residents have been loath to send their children to the low-performing John F. Kennedy High School, which serves the whole area. In sprawling District 10, only 28.7 percent of elementary-school students were meeting reading standards, and 20.2 percent met mathematics standards in the most recent tests.
Hot-button issues: City Hall has presented a $110 million plan to turn the medieval-looking Kingsbridge Armory into a sports, entertainment, and retail complex, but many residents want it used for a public school.
Hotshot brokers: Bradford Trebach of Trebach Realty (718-543-7174), and Susan Goldy of Susan Goldy Incorporated (718-549-4116, extension 10).