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.
Staten Island has managed to largely stave off the real estate bonanza that has seized the rest of New York City, but things are starting to change along its north shore; two apartments in a new development along the New York Bay just broke through the $1 million condo ceiling for the first time in the borough's history, causing a collective gasp across the island. The development of the Staten Island Observation Wheel, Empire Outlets, and other large residential developments are moving right along, setting Staten Island up to sneak into the spotlight in the next few years. Looking for a deal? Now's the time to eye the borough's north shore, where prices are low and spaces are large. One thing: don't be discouraged by the listing pictures. (Word is, just like the wheel, photography skills will descend on the borough soon enough.)
↑ A few coats of paint and this two-bedroom home at 71 Nixon Avenue will be ready to go. The lot's just outside of St. George, and for $665,000 comes with an updated kitchen, a 12-person Jacuzzi, a greenhouse imported from Israel, and a foot bridge to nowhere.
↑ On Staten Island, $389,900 buys this 1,540-square-foot four-bedroom, four-bathroom townhouse. Although the place would probably look a lot better with some natural light, at least in the listing pictures it's possible to eek out 40 Layton Street's nice wood floors and large rear terrace.
↑ A freestanding single-family home at 200 Beechwood Avenue in Stapleton is offering up space and a few pre-war detailsthat faux fireplace aside for $369,000. Although this house looks quite nice, it's been on the market for nearly 100 days which seems a bit fishy.
↑ The apartments at 90 Bay Street, better known as The Accolade and the building in which the borough's condo records were just shattered, are pricier than other apartments in the area (but are still a heck of a lot more affordable than apartments just about anywhere else in the city.) A two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom condo in the building is going for $705,000.
↑ This two-story apartment at 40 Bay Street is just down the street from the ferry terminal, and is asking $515,000. It looks like at least one of the two bedrooms is underground, and that the kitchen has been recently updated. The co-op comes with a parking spot and low HOA fees ($100/month!).
↑ This two-family house at 221 Westervelt Avenue is B.Y.O. Appliances, but it's only asking $549,000. The house has been recently updated with new bathrooms, air conditioning, and two heating systems.
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