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What $450,000 buys in NYC right now

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Five apartments, five NYC neighborhoods

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what one can buy for a set dollar amount in various NYC neighborhoods. Is one man’s studio another man’s townhouse? Let’s find out! Today, we’re looking at apartments for sale for around $450,000.

A living room area with hardwood floors, an arched entrance, and light grey walls.
A kitchen with white and wooden cabinetry.
A bedroom with a small bed, wooden furniture, three windows, and hardwood floors.
A living room with a couch, hardwood floors, and two windows. Courtesy of the Corcoran Group
Midwood

In Midwood, this two-bedroom co-op is up for grabs, asking an even $450,000. It has one bathroom, five closets, separate living and dining areas, a large foyer, and a dishwasher. But fair warning: The listing says the kitchen and bathroom need an upgrade. The six-story building where it’s located accepts only cats and has an elevator, a laundry room, and a bike room. Maintenance charges are $1,147/month. It’s located on Avenue H, between East 17th and East 18th streets, near the Q train at Avenue H.

A bedroom with a medium-sized bed, hardwood floors, beige walls, and two windows.
A living room with a grey couch, a rug, hardwood floors, and grey and white walls. Rachel Kuzma for Vicki Musso, Compass
Washington Heights

Asking $435,000, this one-bedroom, 619-square-foot condo in Washington Heights has a living area, one bathroom, four closets, and hardwood floors. It’s in a building with an elevator and a common laundry room, and pets are allowed. Taxes are $226/month and common charges $438/month. It’s located on Riverside Drive, between West 156th and West 157th streets, near the 1 train at 157th Street.

A kitchen with wooden cabinetry, hardwood floors, and beige walls.
A living room with a black couch, two windows, beige walls, and a TV on a wooden stand.
A living room with beige walls, a black couch, and a TV on a wooden stand.
A bedroom with a medium-sized bed, two windows, a desk, and hardwood floors. Courtesy of Douglas Elliman
Upper East Side

On the Upper East Side, this one-bedroom co-op is asking $459,000. It has one bathroom, a small living area, Carrara marble floors and tiles in the bathroom, a dishwasher, and hardwood floors. The five-story walk-up building allows pets. Maintenance charges are $934/month. It’s located on East 73rd Street, between First and Second avenues, near the Q train at 72nd Street.

A kitchen with wood cabinetry, a planter, and a table with two high-top chairs.
A bedroom with a Murphy bed, a large floor-to-ceiling window with decorative ironwork, hardwood floors, a beige rug, a planter, and wooden furniture.
A living area with hardwood floors, wooden furniture, a small couch, and a white chair.
A living room with a small, black leather couch, a coffee table, and wooden furniture. Courtesy of Halstead Real Estate
Upper West Side

Asking $425,000, this Upper West Side co-op studio has one bathroom, one closet, oak floors, and a large, floor-to-ceiling window with decorative ironwork. The 12-story building where it’s located has three elevators, a common laundry room, and allows both cats and dogs. Maintenance charges come in at $787/month. It’s located on West 69th Street, between Columbus and Broadway, near the 1 train at 66th Street, and a five-minute walk to Central Park.

A kitchen with wood cabinetry, beige tiles, and a window.
A bathroom with white tiles.
A bedroom with a large bed, hardwood floors, and two windows.
A balcony with two green chairs. Etian Gaimley for Sotheby’s International Realty
Forest Hills

And, finally, in Forest Hills, this two-bedroom co-op is asking $459,000. It has two bathrooms, at least four closets, a large living room area, and a private balcony. The six-story building where it’s located doesn’t allow pets and has a common laundry room. Maintenance charges are $826/month. It’s located on 108th Street, between 62nd Drive and 63rd Avenue, mere steps from Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The nearest trains are the M and R at 63 Drive-Rego Park.

Poll

Which NYC apartment would you choose for $450,000?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Midwood
    (80 votes)
  • 14%
    Washington Heights
    (185 votes)
  • 22%
    Upper East Side
    (280 votes)
  • 21%
    Upper West Side
    (271 votes)
  • 34%
    Forest Hills
    (437 votes)
1253 votes total Vote Now