A mostly residential commuter neighborhood with beautiful waterfront views of the Mianus River, Cos Cob Harbor, and Long Island Sound
Riverside is a traditional yet relevant commuter-friendly neighborhood bordered by Cos Cob to the west and Old Greenwich to the east. This small residential community is a beautiful and family-oriented area nestled within Greenwich.
As the neighborhood name suggests, Riverside provides breathtaking waterfront views of the Mianus River, Cos Cob Harbor, and Long Island Sound. It is one of the few neighborhoods in the town with a separate postal name and zip code, setting it apart from surrounding communities like Banksville, Glenville, and Byram.
Spread across a little over three miles, Riverside is known for being almost 25% water, making it an excellent place to live for boaters and those seeking a waterfront property. Served by the Riverside Railroad Station on the Metro-North line and the Old Greenwich Train Station, Riverside is a great place for city workers to live who want to escape the metropolitan areas after a day at the office and come home to a quiet, residential area. Riverside also offers easy highway access, with Interstate 95 cutting through the suburb.
Formerly a fishing and oyster village, today Riverside is a highly sought-after place to live for New Yorkers seeking a residential suburb with an easy commute that's not too far from Midtown. Those who live here can expect beautiful scenic views of the harbor, a gorgeous coastline, and a quaint, small-town vibe with unique charms.
Riverside also offers surprising historic appeal with the nationally-registered Riverside Avenue Bridge running over the railroad tracks. Riverside is home to around 8,600 residents packed into about two square miles. Still, you'd be surprised how spacious and lush the lots are with expansive wooded areas that give homeowners room for privacy and outdoor enjoyment.
Artisanal coffee and tea are always on the menu at Ada's Kitchen + Coffee, a local café serving healthy and delicious food on the go. Ada's is a sister store to the Darien and Stamford coffee shop staple, Roost. If you're in a rush or want something quick and tasty, this chef-driven eatery sells scratch-made to-go meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Do you like to cook at home? You'll want to shop at the gourmet grocery store Balducci's. With several locations throughout the Greenwich area, Balducci's procures only the best products and the weekly deals on fresh produce, seafood, meat bakery items, deli, wine, beer, and liquor.
Enjoy a night out at Valbella, a formal Italian restaurant with tables in the wine cellar for intimacy and a rustic vibe. Try the steakhouse Tony’s at the J House Hotel if you're not in the mood for refined Italian food. This elegant stone and glass hotel is located just four miles from the Bruce Museum and 0.7 miles from the Riverside Station.
The J House recently launched a local pop-up series in the J Gallery that features a new artist in two special showcase events. These pop-ups are a fantastic way to support the local arts scene, and a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital.
Since Riverside is a primarily residential commuter neighborhood in Greenwich, you'll have to drive a little to most activities in the surrounding area and places like Stamford. Thankfully, Riverside is conveniently located where many attractions are just minutes away, such as the indoor go-karting destination RPM Raceway, the Bruce Museum, and the top family fitness center Chelsea Piers.
Riverside is primarily served by three public elementary schools, including the International School at Dundee, North Mianus School, and Riverside School. Those living along Sheephill Road and Riverside Lane are zoned for Cos Cob School. After elementary school, students usually merge into Eastern Middle School, followed by Greenwich High School.