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5 single-family houses for sale in Brooklyn and Queens

  • Houses in Brooklyn and Queens are priced much lower than Manhattan
  • Upkeep is your responsibility and you shoulder the costs alone
By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
October 19, 2022 - 1:30PM

This Bayside three bedroom, three bath is listed for $975,000.

Douglas Elliman/StreetEasy

If you’re in the market to buy a brownstone or townhouse in New York City, your dollars will go farther in the outer boroughs.

For example, in Manhattan there are 259 houses for sale listed on StreetEasy and the cheapest is $1,100,00. But in Brooklyn and Queens combined, there are 1,213 houses for sale—many priced around $500,000.

You can find a variety of houses in NYC like townhouses, brownstones, row houses, and single-family detached houses. Each type of property is different and still offers more space and privacy than most apartments. Plus you’ll probably have other perks like private outdoor space, parking (maybe)—and not dealing with building rules like quiet hours or neighbors stomping above you.

Just keep in mind that when you live in a house, you won’t have a doorman, super, or maintenance team to do things like clean, rake leaves, shovel snow, or even accept packages. So you’ll have a lot more responsibilities (and costs) to consider. 

So if you’re looking to buy a house in NYC, check out these places for sale in Bayside, Forest Hills, Bed-Stuy, Ditmas Park, and Park Slope.

48-20 217th St., Bayside

This three bedroom, three bath is listed for $975,000. The 1935 Tudor has wood-beamed ceilings, millwork, moldings, hardwood floors, oversized windows, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a finished basement, patio, and a fenced-in backyard. Alley Pond Park and Queensborough Community College are nearby.

68-11 Harrow St., Forest Hills

This three bedroom, two bath is listed for $1,088,000. The semi-detached house has a picture window, parquet floors, moldings, stained glass windows, stainless steel appliances, track lighting, built-ins, and a partially-finished basement. Forest Hills Stadium is nearby.

381 Monroe St., Bed-Stuy 

This four bedroom, three and a half bath is listed for $2,439,000. The brownstone features herringbone hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, a kitchen island, recessed lighting, exposed brick, exposed wood beams, floor-to-ceiling windows, fireplaces, a patio, and backyard Unity Prep Charter School and First Quincy Street Community Garden are nearby.

540 East 23rd St., Ditmas Park

This five bedroom, three full bath, two half bath is listed for $2,695,000. The Victorian features decorative fireplaces, moldings, oversized windows, high ceilings, hardwood floors, a covered front porch, stainless steel appliances, central air, and a detached garage. Flatbush YMCA is nearby. 

413 8th St., Park Slope 

This four bedroom, three bath is listed for $4,650,000. The brownstone features a decorative fireplace, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, moldings, stainless steel appliances, central air, skylights, exposed beams, a basement, and backyard. Prospect Park is nearby. 



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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