The right buyer is satisfied with a relatively sleepy downtown. A quaint village-like cluster of storefronts along Riverdale and Johnson avenues is serviceable, if not exactly a destination in its own right. For locals, it mostly suffices. “The strip of restaurants and bars is quite entertaining and varied—a place where everyone seems to know each other,” says Dorcia Kelley, an interior stylist who moved to one of the contemporary rental buildings that have been attracting younger residents. “But you really have to search for the wine bars and cool spots. And when you do find them, the crowd tends to be either very young or more mature; there’s not much middle ground.” For hipper, livelier fare, residents simply jump on public transportation or drive 20 minutes to Manhattan. In Riverdale, one can enjoy the pleasure of living in the city—and the thrill of making the effort to venture to it.