Historic district home sells for $4.2 million


A home in Riverdale’s historic district has changed hands. But there’s a bit of a mystery on who is the new owner of 5291 Independence Ave.

Anne McMillen sold the house late last month for $4.2 million to an entity known only as Victorian Preservation Guild.

The guild -— which didn’t exist before last month, according to state corporation records — lists its address at the law offices of Morrison Cohen on Third Avenue in Manhattan.

A request for more information for the listed Morrison Cohen attorney on the deed, Theodore Marks, wasn’t returned on Tuesday.

McMillen has owned the house since 2002, tucked away behind some foliage on Independence Avenue, not far from West 254th Street. 

Although city records say the Victorian-style house was built in 1920, the house is one of Riverdale’s originals, remodeled in the late 19th century by famed architect Frederick Clarke Withers, according to an undated historical account published by the Association of Riverdale Cooperatives & Condominiums. 

The guild paid mostly cash for the house, but did take out a $990,000 mortgage, according to city property records. Signing the mortgage on behalf of  Victorian Preservation was Fred Perkins, a partner focusing on intellectual property at Morrison Cohen. 

Perkins also didn’t return a request for comment.