The average Manhattan home costs $1.8 million (and there are many that are way more expensive than that), but this isn't a city of millionaires just yet. Pockets of affordability do exist, and Curbed's new feature aims to highlight the loveliest homes on the market in these less expensive enclaves.
Jackson Heightsthe Queens neighborhood bounded by Woodside, East Elmhurst, Corona, and Elmhurstis the place to go for nice, even updated lodgings that don't cost an arm and a leg. According to StreetEasy, the average price per square foot for residential property in Jackson Heights is $413. Compare that to Clinton Hill ($724), Bedford Stuyvesant ($498), and even Woodside ($649). A large stretch of the neighborhood was landmarked as part of the Jackson Heights Historic District in 1993 (PDF!), which has imparted a delightful, historic architectural character on a large swath of the neighborhood. Now, here's what you can score for less than $1 million in the neighborhood's bounds.
↑ This two-bedroom corner apartment at 37-55 84th Street is asking $399,000. Its bathroom and kitchen appear to have been recently retiled and updated, and the apartment's wood floors are as charming as they come. Maintenance on the place is $1,090, which in part takes care of the building's shared private garden. [StreetEasy]
↑ The brokerbabble for this one-bedroom apartment at 35-36 79th Street doesn't stretch the truth by calling it "sun-filled." It's just that, with three exposures onto a courtyard. The corner apartment isn't short on other desirable features, either, with an updated kitchen and bathroom, and a washer and dryer. Although its a co-op, its maintenance is just $401. The apartment is asking $399,000. [StreetEasy]
↑ A one-bedroom in the landmarked Greystone building at 35-15 80th Street is on the market for $279,000. The kitchen and bathroom have been recently renovated. It's also a co-op, and also has relatively low maintenance at $410/month.
↑ This lovely apartment in a landmarked building at 34-38 81st Street is a classic six, meaning it has three bedrooms, a dining room, a living room, a kitchen (renovated!), and 1.5 bathrooms. It looks out onto the co-op's shared courtyard, which explains all the greenery in the listing pictures. It's asking $829,000, with a $1,134/month maintenance fee. [StreetEasy]
↑ There's a window in every room of this studio at 35-25 77th Street in the Jackson Heights Historic District. The co-op's been recently updated with a new kitchen, and has lovely wood floors and a sunken living room. It's asking $219,000.
↑ Situated in one of the many multi-building garden developments in the Jackson Heights Historic District is this lovely three-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op. The apartment in The Chateau at 34-29 80th Street is largeroughly 1,300 square feet largeand still has prewar details like high ceilings, decorative moldings, a wood-burning fireplace, and parquet wood floors. It's asking $775,000 with a monthly maintenance fee of $875. [StreetEasy]
↑ A landmarked brick home with a slate roof, front garden, and backyard is on the market for $919,000. The three-story, roughly 2,100-square-foot house even comes with a detached one-car garage. According to the listing, the third floor is "reached though a closet in a rear bedroom," which basically puts it on par with Narnia. The third floor has never been fitted out, and can fit another bedroom or two and a bathroom. [StreetEasy]
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