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10 New York City fixer-uppers on the market

These NYC properties are in need of some major TLC, but could become true gems

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Anyone who's ever watched an hour of HGTV, or read our Renovation Diary series, knows that miracles are possible with a little elbow grease and a checkbook. For many, fixer-uppers may be the only option in New York's escalating real estate market. Here, we've highlighted ten properties in need of some major TLC that could be true gems. From historic Brooklyn townhouses to a Jackson Heights co-op, look at a few of the best fixer-uppers on the market right now.

This map was updated on 1/24/18.

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1. 139 E 150th Street

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139 E 150th St
Bronx, NY 10451

This three-story Bronx house, located a stone’s throw from Grand Concourse, needs a lot of work—but it also has great bones to work with. As is, it’s got four bedrooms, a 500-square-foot basement that could be finished, and a backyard that’s begging to be landscaped. And the price—$699,000—is right. It’s also close to the 2 and 5 trains, as well as the soon-to-be-revamped Bronx Post Office complex.

2. 27 Hamilton Terrace

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27 Hamilton Terrace
New York, NY 10031

Before you balk at a fixer-upper asking $2.95 million, hear us out: The home in question is located on Hamilton Terrace, one of Manhattan’s most secluded—and beautiful—enclaves, filled with lovely historic homes. The place in question could be converted to either a two-family or single-family home, and it has lovely touches like Juliet balconies and decorative mantles throughout.

3. 357 W 122nd St

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357 W 122nd St
New York, NY 10027

Considering a Harlem fixer-upper just broke the record for the priciest townhouse ever sold in the neighborhood, it’s not a bad time to look for renovation projects in the area. This one, on West 122nd Street, doesn’t need an overwhelming amount of work, but could definitely use some upgrades—a new kitchen, for one. The five-bedroom home was designed by architect J.A. Webster, and it’s going for $3.3 million.

4. 100 W 94th Street #11F

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100 W 94th St
New York, NY 10025

The brokerbabble for this Upper West Side co-op tells potential buyers to “[b]ring your designer,” and while it doesn’t need as much work as some of the other homes on this list, it could definitely stand to be updated. Still, it has plenty of potential: The spacious apartment comes with two true bedrooms, a balcony, and monthly maintenance of only $643.

5. 35-45 81st Street #B1

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35-45 81st St
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

If you’re not ready to commit to a full house renovation just yet, try this Jackson Heights co-op—asking a mere $368,000—on for size. The two-bedroom, 850-square-foot apartment definitely needs some TLC—peep that retro, Pepto Bismol-pink kitchen—but it could be something really special for the right buyer.

6. 394 Kosciuszko St

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394 Kosciuszko St
Brooklyn, NY 11221

For just under $1 million, there’s this three-story, red brick home in Bedford-Stuyvesant (or Stuyvesant Heights, depending on how you look at these things). The roof was recently replaced, but the inside will need plenty of work to get it into livable shape. It could be converted to a single-family, or it could stay in its current two-family configuration if you want some extra income.

7. 27 Sterling Street

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27 Sterling St
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Renovated homes in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens are now inching closer to the $3 million mark, making this $1.5 million fixer-upper a potentially good investment. Behind the well-preserved limestone facade is a four-bedroom home (with only one bathroom—one change that would likely need to be made) that has some nifty architectural details, including decorative fireplaces and the original parquet floors.

8. 389 10th Street

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389 10th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

In prime Park Slope (between Fifth and Sixth avenues), a turn-of-the-20th-century two-family home is going for $1.95 million. That may seem steep, but considering the prices of similar properties—one nearby is asking $3 million—it could present a good investment opportunity. The home itself has original details—“wood flooring, tin ceiling and plaster moldings,” according to the listing—and is “ready for you to implement your vision.”

9. 109 Vanderbilt Street

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109 Vanderbilt St
Brooklyn, NY 11218

For those seeking a reno project that will help generate a little income after the work is done, this Windsor Terrace home might be just the ticket. There are two units, both of which need some work (the kitchens, for example, are woefully outdated). The asking price is $1.5 million.

10. 148 73rd Street

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148 73rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11209

There’s plenty of curb appeal in this brick-fronted Bay Ridge home, located on 73rd Street close to Shore Park. (The listing is, however, lacking interior images—so you won’t really know what the potential is like until you get inside.) It’s asking $999,000, and comes with a porch, its own private garage, plenty of storage, and a backyard.

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1. 139 E 150th Street

139 E 150th St, Bronx, NY 10451

This three-story Bronx house, located a stone’s throw from Grand Concourse, needs a lot of work—but it also has great bones to work with. As is, it’s got four bedrooms, a 500-square-foot basement that could be finished, and a backyard that’s begging to be landscaped. And the price—$699,000—is right. It’s also close to the 2 and 5 trains, as well as the soon-to-be-revamped Bronx Post Office complex.

139 E 150th St
Bronx, NY 10451

2. 27 Hamilton Terrace

27 Hamilton Terrace, New York, NY 10031

Before you balk at a fixer-upper asking $2.95 million, hear us out: The home in question is located on Hamilton Terrace, one of Manhattan’s most secluded—and beautiful—enclaves, filled with lovely historic homes. The place in question could be converted to either a two-family or single-family home, and it has lovely touches like Juliet balconies and decorative mantles throughout.

27 Hamilton Terrace
New York, NY 10031

3. 357 W 122nd St

357 W 122nd St, New York, NY 10027

Considering a Harlem fixer-upper just broke the record for the priciest townhouse ever sold in the neighborhood, it’s not a bad time to look for renovation projects in the area. This one, on West 122nd Street, doesn’t need an overwhelming amount of work, but could definitely use some upgrades—a new kitchen, for one. The five-bedroom home was designed by architect J.A. Webster, and it’s going for $3.3 million.

357 W 122nd St
New York, NY 10027

4. 100 W 94th Street #11F

100 W 94th St, New York, NY 10025

The brokerbabble for this Upper West Side co-op tells potential buyers to “[b]ring your designer,” and while it doesn’t need as much work as some of the other homes on this list, it could definitely stand to be updated. Still, it has plenty of potential: The spacious apartment comes with two true bedrooms, a balcony, and monthly maintenance of only $643.

100 W 94th St
New York, NY 10025

5. 35-45 81st Street #B1

35-45 81st St, Jackson Heights, NY 11372

If you’re not ready to commit to a full house renovation just yet, try this Jackson Heights co-op—asking a mere $368,000—on for size. The two-bedroom, 850-square-foot apartment definitely needs some TLC—peep that retro, Pepto Bismol-pink kitchen—but it could be something really special for the right buyer.

35-45 81st St
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

6. 394 Kosciuszko St

394 Kosciuszko St, Brooklyn, NY 11221

For just under $1 million, there’s this three-story, red brick home in Bedford-Stuyvesant (or Stuyvesant Heights, depending on how you look at these things). The roof was recently replaced, but the inside will need plenty of work to get it into livable shape. It could be converted to a single-family, or it could stay in its current two-family configuration if you want some extra income.

394 Kosciuszko St
Brooklyn, NY 11221

7. 27 Sterling Street

27 Sterling St, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Renovated homes in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens are now inching closer to the $3 million mark, making this $1.5 million fixer-upper a potentially good investment. Behind the well-preserved limestone facade is a four-bedroom home (with only one bathroom—one change that would likely need to be made) that has some nifty architectural details, including decorative fireplaces and the original parquet floors.

27 Sterling St
Brooklyn, NY 11225

8. 389 10th Street

389 10th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

In prime Park Slope (between Fifth and Sixth avenues), a turn-of-the-20th-century two-family home is going for $1.95 million. That may seem steep, but considering the prices of similar properties—one nearby is asking $3 million—it could present a good investment opportunity. The home itself has original details—“wood flooring, tin ceiling and plaster moldings,” according to the listing—and is “ready for you to implement your vision.”

389 10th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

9. 109 Vanderbilt Street

109 Vanderbilt St, Brooklyn, NY 11218

For those seeking a reno project that will help generate a little income after the work is done, this Windsor Terrace home might be just the ticket. There are two units, both of which need some work (the kitchens, for example, are woefully outdated). The asking price is $1.5 million.

109 Vanderbilt St
Brooklyn, NY 11218

10. 148 73rd Street

148 73rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11209

There’s plenty of curb appeal in this brick-fronted Bay Ridge home, located on 73rd Street close to Shore Park. (The listing is, however, lacking interior images—so you won’t really know what the potential is like until you get inside.) It’s asking $999,000, and comes with a porch, its own private garage, plenty of storage, and a backyard.

148 73rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11209