Living in a New York City apartment with a private balcony usually has its perks: You get a low-maintenance outdoor space that can help ventilate your apartment, which is important in the Covid era. But, as a buyer, you should be aware there are some things you should consider.
For example, if you’re buying in an older building, you should ask how well the balconies are maintained and how much weight it can hold. You should also check into the balcony’s drainage system so you don’t have to deal with leaks or other maintenance issues down the road. And, if you plan to spend a lot of time out there, you need to know which direction it’s facing to get optimal sunlight.
You also need to be a responsible neighbor if you plan on entertaining out there, and consider your building’s policies on noise, gatherings, and smoking. Most buildings will outline the rules for outdoor spaces in the lease. Also keep in mind that having a balcony is a liability, so make sure any outdoor furniture or planters are secured so they don’t blow off and injure someone below.
So, if you’re looking to buy a place with a private balcony, consider these five apartments in Sutton Place, Hunters Point, Stuyvesant Heights, East Williamsburg, and Murray Hill.
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303 East 57th St., #39C, Sutton Place
This one bedroom, one and a half bath is listed for $665,000. The renovated co-op has marble floors, oversized windows, built-ins, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, an in-unit Miele washer and dryer plus a balcony off of the bedroom. Amenities include 24-hour concierge, doormen, elevator operators, an exercise center, and an indoor/outdoor saltwater pool. Monthly maintenance is $4,468.
42-44 Crescent St., #2B, Hunters Point
This one bedroom, one bath is listed for $790,000. The condo has an open floor plan with high ceilings, oversized windows, hardwood floors, LED lighting, central air conditioning, stainless steel appliances, a built-in washer/dryer, and a 62-square-foot balcony. Amenities include bike storage, virtual concierge, and a roof deck. Monthly maintenance is $382.
707 Willoughby Ave., #4B, Stuyvesant Heights
This two bedroom, two bath is listed for $875,000. The sponsor unit has hardwood floors, recessed lighting, high ceilings, stainless steel appliances, large closets, an in-unit LG washer and dryer, and a balcony. Amenities include parking spaces, climate-controlled storage units, bike room, package room, fitness center, and roof deck. Monthly maintenance is $499.
100 Maspeth Ave., #4C, East Williamsburg
This two bedroom, two bath is listed for $919,000. Apartment #4C has hardwood floors, track lighting, stainless steel appliances, oversized windows, a breakfast bar, an in-unit washer and dryer, and a corner balcony. Amenities include a 24-hour doorman, live-in super, bike room, gym, storage units, and a fitness center. Monthly maintenance is $1,622 and there’s a tax abatement through 2034.
225 East 34th St., #3J, Murray Hill
This one bedroom, one bath is listed for $999,000. The condo has hardwood floors, high ceilings, several closets, stainless steel appliances, central heating and air conditioning, an in-unit washer and dryer, a storage unit, and a balcony. Amenities include a 24-hour doorman, concierge, fitness center, landscaped roof deck, and a live-in super. Monthly maintenance is $988.
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