If there’s one thing most New York City homes lack, it’s a backyard—unless of course you should be lucky enough to live in a townhouse or penthouse with a massive terrace. But even if you don’t, a somewhat private green space can be yours if you know where to look. Here, six homes with their own gardens and courtyards that rival some of the best private plots of land inthe city.
At 73-12 35th Street
(aka Washington Plaza) in Jackson Heights, Queens, one- to four-bedroom homes (priced at $475,000 to $1.114 million) surround a serene and private landscaped garden with a pond, a seating area, and a cascading fountain.
This renovated one-bedroom, one-bath rental at 310 East 12th Street
in the East Village (on the market for $3,750/month) faces south, overlooking a lush tenants-only garden accessorized by stone benches, walking paths, and a birdbath.
On the Upper West Side, a three-bedroom, three-bath condo at 2250 Broadway
(yours for $4.199 million) includes access to the building’s garden courtyard.
Like a suburb in the city, the 80 acres of green spaces—including myriad walking paths, playgrounds, lawns, athletic courts, and more—is a prime attraction for residents of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village
in lower Manhattan (where one- to five-bedroom rentals range from $3,100 to $7,900/month).
The private one-acre garden designed by Sasaki Associates and displaying two sculptures by Dutch-born artist Hans Van de Bovenkamp only adds to the appeal of a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath condo at Manhattan House at 200 East 66th Street
(going for $5.45 million).
Besides its own private terrace, this one-bedroom penthouse apartment at 505 West 47th Street
(offered at $2.15 million) also allows for use of the building’s zen backyard retreat, complete with pavers, wooden decking, landscaping with specimen trees, and shrubs and multiple lounge areas.