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What $500,000 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 $500,000.

A bedroom with a medium-sized bed, two windows, white walls, and hardwood floors.
A bathroom with beige tiles.
A kitchen with hardwood floors, black cabinetry, and a tall wooden table with two chairs.
A living area with a beige couch, a round glass coffee table, a green chair, and a medium-sized bed in the back. Courtesy of Warburg Realty
Financial District

Situated inside a landmarked Romanesque Revival building on Pine Street, this Financial District condo is on the market asking $499,000. The 433-square-foot studio has two closets, a dishwasher, a renovated bathroom, and bamboo floors. The building has laundry rooms on each floor. It’s located mere steps from the 2 and 3 trains at Wall Street.

A kitchen with hardwood floors and white cabinetry.
A living area with a large bed in the back, a beige couch, a wooden coffee table, and a glass dining table on the left side. Courtesy of Halstead Real Estate
Greenwich Village

In Greenwich Village, this sleek co-op studio is up for grabs, asking $505,000. It has two closets including a walk-in one, a renovated bathroom, and oak strip floors. Its location is what makes this unit stand out: It sits on East 9th Street, close to Washington Square Park and the R and W trains at 8th Street.

A living area with hardwood floors, beige walls, a brown couch, and a TV on a stand.
A kitchen with wood cabinetry.
A living area with beige walls, beamed ceilings, an arched entrance, and a brown couch.
A bedroom with bright green walls, a large bed, a window, and a white deer bust. Zigna for Sotheby’s International Realty
Upper West Side

Another studio, this one on the Upper West Side, is asking $489,000. The charming unit has two closets (one of which is a walk-in), a small alcove where the bed is located, and a dishwasher. Some cute interior details include beamed ceilings, an arched entrance, and original trim. And its location is a pro: It sits on West 96th Street near Central Park.

A living area with hardwood floors, white walls, and a kitchen with white cabinetry in the back.
A bedroom with hardwood floors, a purple wall, and a large window.
A bedroom with a purple wall, hardwood floors, a large bed, and a large window.
A living room with hardwood floors, a door that leads to a balcony, and white walls with a piece painted yellow. Courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens
Sunset Park

A 640-square-foot one-bedroom condo in Sunset Park is asking $498,000. It has plenty going for it: It’s been renovated and has a living room area, a dishwasher, and a private balcony with views of the Verrazzano Bridge. The building allows both cats and dogs and has a common laundry room. It’s located in a building on 64th Street near the N and R trains at 59th Street.

A bedroom with beige walls, a rug, a large window, and a medium-sized bed.
A living area with a leather couch, a large window, and a beige rug.
A living area with a small window, a blue curtain, and hardwood floors.
A kitchen with hardwood floors and a small window. Chalom + Blaylock Photography, courtesy of Compass

And, finally, in Concourse, a 1,234-square-foot three-bedroom co-op is asking $475,000 (talk about most bang for your buck!). It is definitely a large unit for this price range, with two bathrooms, a private balcony, an eat-in kitchen, a living area, seven closets, and a dishwasher. The building accepts both cats and dogs and has a common laundry room. It’s located on Grand Concourse, a short walk to Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the B and D trains at 161st Street.


Which NYC apartment would you choose for $500,000?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Financial District
    (124 votes)
  • 30%
    Greenwich Village
    (390 votes)
  • 32%
    Upper West Side
    (415 votes)
  • 8%
    Sunset Park
    (110 votes)
  • 18%
    (231 votes)
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