While you may have to hunt, it’s still possible to find homes with room to spread out — apartments or whole houses with three bedrooms or more — in the five boroughs for under $1 million. Naturally your dollar will go farther in Staten Island than Manhattan, but all the boroughs have something to offer.
We’ve rounded up a few choice possibilities on the market, hailing from Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island and ranging in price from $559,000 to $818,000. All are from the first half of the 20th century and have cute original details intact.
Note: Houses with pristine original details in hot areas at a good price go quickly. (Here are three we wish we could feature that went into contract almost immediately after listing, in Ridgewood, Jackson Heights and Glendale.)
First up is an immaculate early 20th century standalone house with big windows in every room and a garage with a shared driveway in Gravesend. Laid out with three bedrooms on the top floor, and all the living areas on the first floor, 1660 West 3rd Street seems to have most of its original details intact, including an Arts and Crafts style staircase and parquet floors with inlaid borders. Most likely dating from just before World War II, it has a built-in buffet in the living room, a large foyer that can serve as a mudroom and doubles as a sunroom, and 1.2 bathrooms, none of which are pictured. The all-white kitchen is recently updated with formica counters and Shaker-style cabinets. An estate sale, it’s asking $818,000.
A similar house in Marine Park has loads of curb appeal, prewar detail and a nicely renovated kitchen and bath. The exterior boasts a Storybook-slash-Tudor feel with details such as an arched door, tapestry brick facade and chimney. Located at 4109 Avenue P, the house is semi-detached and has a garage with a shared driveway, front terrace, and a lower level with a separate entrance. The inside appears to be in excellent condition, with all its circa 1940 details such as parquet floors and arched doorways. The kitchen is partly open to the dining room and has been updated with white subway tile, white flat-front cupboards and a wood floor. There is a half bath tucked under the stairs. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a full bath that has been updated in classic style with white subway tile and black and white hex tile with florets. The cellar holds laundry, a bathroom with a shower, and a finished room outfitted for crafting. Asking $798,000, the house is for sale by an agent who is also the owner.
Hopping over to Sunnyside in Staten Island you can pick up a circa 1949 full detached neo-Colonial brick house with an interior garage, front terrace, center gable and two dormer windows for the asking price of $625,000. The two-family at 115 Rugby Avenue is as adorable inside as out, with a petite kitchen tucked into sloping eaves on the top floor, beautiful hardwood floors throughout, arched doorways, and a well-kept vintage bathroom with colorful turquoise and black tile. And the yard is big.
In Canarsie, we find a fully detached two-family dating from the early years of the 20th century. It’s a wood frame with a porch and some pretty original details, such as a petite cornice and overhang crowning the top-floor windows. Located at 1299 East 94th Street, it’s set up as two floor-through apartments, both with five rooms and two to three bedrooms each, according to the listing, which has no interior photos. Priced at $599,000, the house “needs some loving,” says the writeup.
If you’re looking to spend a little less — $559,000, to be exact — you could entertain an Edwardian three-bedroom walkup in one of Jackson Heights’ earliest co-ops, Plymouth Court. Compact and well-kept, it appears to have all its prewar details such as window trim, baseboards and hardwood floors. The third bedroom in No. 41 at 35-16 82nd Street is meant to double as a sitting room, but the main common room is just large enough for both lounging and dining. The renovated kitchen has white Shaker-style cabinets, hardwood floors, composite counters, and a chartreuse glass subway tile backsplash. There’s extra storage in the building, and the monthly maintenance is on the low side at $571.
1660 West 3rd Street
Broker: Corcoran (Alyssa Amato)
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4109 Avenue P
Area: Marine Park
Broker: City Roots Realty (Dari Litchman)
115 Rugby Avenue
Area: Sunnyside, Staten Island
Broker: Neuhaus Realty (Louis M. Savarese)
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1299 East 94th Street
Broker: Bergen Basin Realty (Jason Sciulara, Francesco DiMarco)
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35-16 82nd Street #41
Area: Jackson Heights, Queens
Broker: Douglas Elliman (Jon Fisher)
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