Roosevelt Island, the often overlooked two-mile enclave between Manhattan and Queens, is good neighborhood to consider if you're looking to buy in a quieter neighborhood with less noise and traffic.
Living here almost makes you feel like you’re not in New York City, until you look across the East River and see the apartment towers along FDR Drive. Both Manhattan and Queens are just one stop away via the F train, which makes for a quick commute. You can also take the tram to East 60th Street in Manhattan, and the island has its own bus system.
While there are not as many retail options as other NYC neighborhoods, there are several stores and eateries, and of course, a Duane Reade and Starbucks. Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park anchors the end of the island and Cornell Tech opened a campus there in 2017.
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What you will find are spacious co-ops and condos that were built during the island’s first development boom back in the ’70s and newer, luxury buildings developed over the past decade, mostly along Main Street. Here you can get more for your budget compared to most other Manhattan neighborhoods.
So, if you’re looking to buy in a neighborhood where you can get peace and quiet while you work (or study) from home, here are five places for sale on Roosevelt Island.
This one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath co-op is listed for $605,000. Apartment #1310, shown virtually staged, has parquet floors, oversized windows, seven closets, a galley kitchen with a dishwasher, and central air conditioning. According to the listing, the apartment is in original condition and will need a renovation. Amenities include a 24-hour doorman, concierge, an indoor pool, roof deck, package room, fitness center, and bike storage.
This one-bedroom, one-bath co-op is listed for $630,000. The co-op has hardwood floors, crown molding, stainless steel Viking appliances, custom cabinets, river views, and five closets. Amenities include a full-time doorman, multiple laundry rooms, bike storage, fitness center, pool, and a playroom.
This one-bedroom, one-bath condo is listed for $830,000. The apartment features hardwood floors, high ceilings, oversized windows, stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, and a new in-unit washer and dryer. Amenities include a full-time doorman, 24-hour concierge, fitness center, playroom, roof deck, and bike storage.
This two-bedroom, two-bath co-op is listed for $999,999. Apartment #903 has hardwood floors, oversized windows, crown molding, stainless steel Viking appliances, river views, two walk-in closets, and a pantry. Amenities include a 24-hour doorman, fitness center, pool, laundry room, and bike room.
This two-bedroom, two-bath condo is listed for $1,350,000. The corner apartment features hardwood floors, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, central air conditioning, and an in-unit washer and dryer. Amenities include a full-time doorman, media room, bike storage, playroom, roof deck, and gym.
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