On Staten Island’s South Shore, attached onto the western part of the Annadale, the neighborhood of Arden Heights is home to rich green spaces, the looped one-way streets of the Village Greens, and the Aspen Knolls, one of the largest housing developments on Staten Island.
Staten Island real estate developer Erastus Wiman coined the neighborhood’s name in 1886 after the nearby Woods of Arden, which were named after the forest in Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’. Arden Heights still retains a heavily wooded area in its northern part, which is known today as Arden Heights Wood Park.
Even though it is often counted as being a part of the Annadale borough, Arden Heights is split into a set of separate sub-communities defined through their unique housing developments.
Village Greens, established at the end of the 20th century, is made up of four individual ‘villages’. The leafy roads of the Village Greens loop into a set of one-way streets that turn the community into traffic free zone. The Village Greens marries the best of both urban convenience and country living, since it backs onto a 16-acre common park, housing two Olympic-sized pools, and has the charming Village Greens Shopping Center to cater to the residents’ commercial needs.
Aspen Knolls was originally planned with US Navy vets in mind, and even though the plan was deemed to be unnecessary, it underwent construction in the mid 1990s. The residential area is currently made up of 944 single-family homes, making it Staten Island’s largest housing development, complete with a community center and playing fields.
The abundance of green spaces and the lack of traffic make it a popular neighborhood for families, not to mention the many schooling choices available both within Arden Heights and in the nearby boroughs. With the public schools of P.S. 42, I.S. 75 and Tottenville High School, which is the alma mater of Washington Nationals All Star Pitcher Jason Marquis, along with local Catholic schools in the area as well, Arden Heights is optimal area for those with children. There is also a selection of private schools nearby, such as the Rabbi Jacob Joseph School, Francis School and the Eltingville Lutheran School.
When it comes to transport, Arden Heights is well-served by the numerous bus lines going to Staten Island Mall, the St. George Ferry Terminal and the express lines to Manhattan.
Local Subway Stops
- SI Annadale
- SI Eltingville
- SI Huguenot
- SI Great Kills
- SI Prince's Bay
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Arden Heights Statistics
- 50% Brownstone
- 17% Private House
- 8% Condo or Co-Op Building
- 8% Loft Building
- 8% Pre War