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5 NYC ground-floor apartments for sale under $500,000

  • Ground-floor apartments are typically cheaper than units on higher floors
By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
November 30, 2022 - 3:30PM

This Brooklyn Heights ground-floor studio is listed for $415,000.


If you’re in the market to buy a New York City apartment and need a place where you can skip the stairs or get away with making noise, a ground-floor apartment may be a good fit.

These apartments usually get a bad rap because they can lack privacy and natural light, but there are several perks to a place on the ground floor. For starters, they’re less expensive than units on higher floors. With no one living below you, you won’t have noise complaints if you play an instrument or have young kids running around. With a ground-floor unit, you get in and out of the building quicker and may have private outdoor space.

There are a few downsides to consider about living on the ground floor too. Brokers tell Brick that a well-maintained building is even more important because your place could be the entry point for bugs and mice. You also should consider if people can easily peek into your windows—or even break in. 

So if you’re looking to buy a ground-floor apartment, check out these five options in Brooklyn Heights, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights, the Upper West Side, and the East Village. 

151 Joralemon St., #1, Brooklyn Heights 

This studio is listed for $415,000. It has high ceilings, oversized windows, moldings, a sleeping alcove, decorative fireplace, refinished hardwood floors, and stainless steel appliances. The building has a bike room and laundry room. Monthly maintenance is $442.

42-05 48th Ave., 1C, Sunnyside 

This one bedroom, one bath is listed for $430,000. Apartment #1C has a foyer, curved archways, hardwood floors and carpet, moldings, built-ins, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, an office, and several closets. Amenities include a live-in super, laundry room, and bike room. Monthly maintenance is $708.

35-53 77th St., #D1, Jackson Heights 

This one bedroom, one bath is listed for $449,000. The co-op has Samsung stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, tile and hardwood floors, curved archways, moldings, a foyer, and several closets. The building has a live-in super, garden, and laundry room. Monthly maintenance is $806.

133 West 89th St., #1, Upper West Side

This one bedroom, one bath is listed for $450,000. The renovated apartment has hardwood floors, built-ins, moldings, stainless steel appliances, and four closets. Amenities include a laundry room and courtyard. The HDFC co-op has income restrictions and monthly maintenance is $491.

524 East 13th St., #A1, East Village 

This studio is listed for $455,000. Apartment #A1 has high ceilings, exposed brick, oversized windows, eco-friendly bamboo floors, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, built-ins, and ceiling fans. It can be sold furnished or unfurnished. The building has a live-in super and courtyard. Monthly maintenance is $900. 



Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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