RIVERSIDE HISTORIC DISTRICT
Riverside is also on the National Register of Historic Places. It comprises of National Avenue and the section east of the avenue to the Neuse River. Development began in the late 1890s in response to the lumber industry, which flourished along the Neuse River. Riverside was originally a mixed-use community of residential buildings and commercial enterprises. People wanted to live where they worked. Regrettably, as lumber ceased to be economically important, Riverside fell into disrepair. The result is a neighborhood where beautifully refurbished homes and rundown buildings stand side-by-side. But fortunately for New Bernians, both the city and the Preservation Foundation are taking measures to restore this once-handsome community to its original function as home to a number of businesses and private residences.
Many of Riverside’s larger homes were built between 1896 and World War II, so there is a pleasant mix of architectural styles in the neighborhood. On National Avenue, high-peaked, two-story Victorian structures with wraparound porches and plenty of shade trees are situated well back from the road. On the cross streets perpendicular to National Avenue and the Neuse are rows of tidy bungalows.
Homes along the River Drive waterfront are of an entirely different character. Here, you will find pretty brick ranch dwellings on small lots with plenty of trees and meticulous landscaping. Real estate values vary widely, with some of the older bungalows offered in the $30,000 to $50,000 range. Renovated historic dwellings here start at about $125,000, with ranch-style houses along the shore selling for a bit more.