A taste of suburbia without leaving the five boroughs: It’s certainly possible, and it’s even achievable without spending more than $1 million (though you do have to ditch Manhattan).
If you crave a driveway or a garage, a porch or a backyard, this roundup of for-sale properties could contain your next real-estate purchase.
Eastern Queens, southern Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island have plenty of homes on the market with refreshing features not often found in New York City (a pool, anyone?), all boasting less than an hour-long commute to Manhattan’s main business districts. We picked 13 with six-digit asking prices.
“You get the privacy and space of a home all your own, a yard, hassle-free parking, trees and greenery,” says agent Joy Whitney Guttenberg, who is marketing a blue Victorian at 146 Westervelt Ave. in Staten Island that is 50 minutes from Lower Manhattan. “But you still get the all the perks of living in NYC.”
Taxes are lower than in comparable locations in New Jersey, she adds, and public transit runs 24 hours a day.
“The main thing with these houses is [ease of] transportation,” agrees broker Chris Psomopoulos, who is selling 172-03 83rd Ave. in Jamaica Hills, Queens.
Turns out you don’t need a car to live in a house with a finished basement. The more you know.
Flushing, Queens, $948,888
This Cape Cod-style house on a quiet residential street has plenty of front and backyard space, its own driveway and a detached garage. Located at 154-52 24th Ave., there are three bedrooms, but it could conceivably fit four, given that the first floor has both a living room and a family room.
There is one full bathroom — and a second half bathroom as part of a utility area in the spacious basement, which is perfect for storage or office space.
A big kitchen, slatted shutters and a top-floor bedroom with a sloped ceiling are just a few of its “outer-city” features.
Per Google Maps, the QM20 bus — or a combination of the Q34 or Q15 buses and the express 7 train — can get you into Midtown in just over an hour.
Charmaine Spence, Century 21, 678-365-6305
Manor Heights, Staten Island, $899,00
This two-story single-family home at 170 Gower St. has oak floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. There are five bedrooms, two bedrooms, a formal dining room, two kitchens (one with a breakfast nook) and two living rooms (one with a fireplace). You’ll have a driveway for at least two cars in front and a covered patio and solar-heated in-ground pool in the back. It’s a 12-minute walk to the X11 bus, which will deposit you in Lower Manhattan in less than 45 minutes.
Elizabeth Ameno Mucci, Keller Williams, 917-575-8092
St. George, Staten Island, $589,000
This lovely blue Victorian on Staten Island’s north shore was recently renovated inside and out. 146 Westervelt Ave. features four bedrooms and three bathrooms, a kitchen with a five-burner stove and a dishwasher, shiny oak floors and central air. The finished basement also has its own entrance. There’s also a bodega across the street. Less than a mile’s walk from the Staten Island Ferry, residents can commute to Lower Manhattan in only 50 minutes.
Joy Whitney Guttenberg, Joyful Properties, 914-424-2043
Oakwood, Staten Island, $865,000
Korotkiy/Koh Team at Coldwell Banker Reliable
This ranch house at 377 Oak Ave. sits on a giant lot, complete with a gated driveway and a backyard with more potential than you can shake a shovel at. The house has been completely remodeled and has three bedrooms and a full bathroom on the first floor. The open-plan kitchen and living room features granite countertops and shining new appliances. The basement has another full bathroom, plus a laundry area with a sink. Busy Hylan Boulevard is a block away and Great Kills Park is a six-minute drive. The X1 bus will get you to Lower Manhattan is under an hour.
Alexander Korotkiy, Coldwell Banker Reliable Real Estate, 347-302-0030
Jamaica Hills, Queens, $899,000
This large two-story brick home at 172-03 83rd Ave. sits on an even bigger lot — 4,000 square feet, to be precise. That means abundant yard space with lots of potential, plus a detached garage. Inside, there are three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Steam radiators provide heat and there are slots for in-wall air conditioners. There’s also a fireplace and a cute breakfast nook in the kitchen. It takes less than an hour on the F train to get to Midtown; if you’re commuting by car — or planning summer beach trips out east — the Grand Central Parkway is only about a block away.
Chris Psomopoulos, RE/MAX, 347-804-6013
Pelham Gardens, The Bronx, $999,000
This 3,100-square-foot Colonial at 1666 Astor Ave. boasts five bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms. It has an eat-in kitchen with new appliances, a formal dining room and a comfortable living room, plus a semi-finished basement for a rec room. Other amenities include a fireplace, a rear deck, an aboveground pool, a full summer kitchen and a detached garage. Its quiet tree-lined street is one mile from Pelham Bay Park. You can take select bus service line BX12 to Metro-North’s Harlem line and be at Grand Central in less than an hour.
Gilda Ciani, Clara Realty, 718-823-5397
Marine Park, Brooklyn, $999,000
:Joseph Baglio, Madison Estates
This two-family brick house at 1813 Kimball St. has a garage as well as driveway space for two more cars. Inside, the bedrooms total five and the bathrooms three. The master unit has a living room, dining room, and eat-in wood-paneled kitchen. The paved backyard has a small planted area. The remaining space is more than enough for entertaining. Take the B41 to the 5 train and you can be in Lower Manhattan in 54 minutes.
Joseph Baglio, Madison Estates, 718-797-2222
Country Club, The Bronx, $775,000
This house is eye-catching on the outside, but inside is a wealth of form and function, including a sauna. There are seven bedrooms and four bathrooms in this 3,144-square-foot home at 3190 Ampere Ave. Packing in the perks, the kitchen features an island with built-in stove and oven and the dining area has skylights. The second-story balcony overlooks a spacious backyard. It’s only a block from Pelham Bay Park, the largest of park in the city . A 15-minute walk to the 6 train means arriving at Grand Central in an hour.
Vincent Ferrante, Keller Williams, 347-445-6884
College Point, Queens, $999,000
Ellen Kim Realty
This cute three-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 9-18 127th St. was recently renovated. It has a surprisingly large living room and creatively designed storage that makes the best use of the space available. The hardscape backyard has plenty of room for grilling and other festivities — and there’s even a basketball hoop. A detached — and heated — recreation room is big enough for a full-size refrigerator/freezer. A quick walk to the Q25 bus gets you to the 7 train and into Midtown in about an hour.
Ellen (Jeong) Kim, Laffey Fine Homes International, 516-643-0276
Riverdale, The Bronx, $850,000
Halstead Property Riverdale, LLC (virtually staged)
This brand-new three-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 225 W. 262nd St. in posh Riverdale is kind of a steal. It’s situated on an adorable tree-lined street only a block from Broadway, the neighborhood’s main drag. Interiors are spacious, with two large walk-in closets in the master bedroom, a patio and private parking. The shops and restaurants of Mosholu Avenue are less than a mile away. After a short bus ride to the 1 train, you can be in Midtown in under an hour.
Maria-Stella Fountoulakis, Halstead Property, 917-756-0278
St. George, Staten Island, $875,000
The Corcoran Group
This charming Greek Revival house, which dates back to the 1840s, is part of the area’s historic district. Fun fact: writer Washington Irving’s nephew Pierre lived here, at 272 Richmond Terrace. It is two flights up from the street It has a front yard, a side yard and a backyard, plus a carriage house. There’s a parlor, an open living/dining room, an eat-in kitchen and hardwood floors. All of this is less than 5 minutes from the Staten Island Ferry, the Staten Island Yankees, the under-construction mall Empire Oulets, and the great dining of St. George. The house is just half an hour from Lower Manhattan.
Jeffrey Gallo, Corcoran, 718-923-8018
Middle Village, Queens, $949,000
This two-family property at 75-36 Furmanville Ave. is the ideal place to live in one unit while renting out the other. It has two spacious living rooms and two well-appointed kitchens (one with its own full-size dining table and the other with a cozy breakfast nook). There is a large porch and detached garage to boot. It takes less than 20 minutes to walk to the the M train; the total commute is less than an hour from Midtown.
Michael Marek, Keller Williams, 917-455-2950
Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, $989,000
Joseph Baglio, Madison Estates
Every property on this quiet Brooklyn street has a driveway, and 1737 Stuart St. is no exception. The duplex has three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one half bathroom. There’s a modern kitchen, a formal dining room with a chandelier, and a long living room with its own chandelier. In the back is an enclosed sun porch; beyond that, there’s a paved rear yard. Nostrand Avenue’s stores are practically around the corner, and a combination of transit options can get you to Lower Manhattan in under an hour.
Joseph Baglio, Madison Estates, 718-797-2222