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Live the suburban life without leaving the five boroughs in these houses

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By Mimi OConnor  |
October 6, 2017 - 9:00AM

This Jamaica Estates house, for example, offers a very suburban vibe, even for Queens.

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Long for the feel of suburban life without actually having to move to (or the pay the taxes of) the suburbs? It can be done! You may, of course, have to get a car, but these outer-borough listings hosting open houses this weekend all include a place to park one.

84-53 Avon St., Jamaica Estates: This four-bedroom, three-bath house (pictured above) was built in 1950 and renovated three years ago. It has a driveway, a garage, and lots of things in multiples: three fireplaces, two kitchen islands, two kitchen sinks. and two refrigerators. Plus hardwood floors and a large deck and backyard. 

Asking price: $1,348,800

Open house: Saturday, October 7th, 1:30-3:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 8th, 1:30-3:30 p.m.


776 E. 18th St. Midwood: You don't technically need a car for this one, as it's a couple blocks from the B and the Q at Avenue H, but there's a garage and driveway just in case. The house is a large seven bedroom, two and a half bath, including lots of Victorian details such as mantels, moldings, and stained glass. The exterior, roof and mechanicals were all recently restored, and the wood floors are also new. 

Asking price: $2,099,000

Open house: Sunday, October 8th, 12-1:30 p.m.

80-15 234th St., Bellerose: This three-bedroom, two-bath Tudor in Queens comes with a yard, and an extra yard (an additional 20x200-foot lot), and the price was recently reduced. We're not crazy about the carpeting and the ornate cabinetry in the renovated kitchen, but the cathedral ceiling in the living room, the wood-burning fireplace, the finished basement, the garage, and the large deck and backyard are all pretty appealing. 

Asking price: $888,888

Open house: Sunday, October 8th, 2:30-4 p.m.

109-21 201st St., Hollis: This four bedroom, two and a half bath in Queens is bigger than it looks. It could use some new paint on the walls and some reno work, but you get a lot of bang for your 525,000 bucks, including wood floors, prewar details, a fireplace, an attic, a finished basement with full kitchen, a big yard, a garage. and parking for three cars. 

Asking price: $525,000

Open house: Saturday, October 7th, 1 -3 p.m. 

11-02 147th St., Whitestone: This three-bedroom, two-bath multi-family provides room to spread out, plus income from a rental unit. The kitchen is renovated and bright, with high ceilings, stainless-steel appliances and custom cabinetry, and direct access to the home's side yard. The owner unit has two bedrooms and a single, marble bathroom. The rental is a nicely renovated one bedroom, one bath. It looks like the buyer will have to nurse the lawn back to that full suburban green.

Asking price: $875,000

Open house: Sunday, October 8th, 12-1 p.m.

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Mimi OConnor

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Mimi O’Connor has written about New York City real estate for publications that include Brick Underground, Refinery29, and Thrillist. She is the recipient of two awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for interior design and service journalism. Her writing on New York City, parenting, events, and culture has also appeared in Parents, Red Tricycle, BizBash, and Time Out New York.

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