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5 NYC outer borough houses for sale if you want more space

This five bedroom, three and a half bath in Forest Hills Gardens is asking $2,188,000.

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If you’re looking to buy and want more space, consider a house in New York City's outer boroughs, because you don’t actually have to move to the suburbs to benefit from the perks of owning a house—and there are some good financial arguments for owning a house in the city.

For starters, you’ll also avoid having to pay monthly maintenance or common charges like you would in a co-op or condo—or deal with a co-op or condo board. And taxes are lower for houses here than in the ‘burbs.

You’ll find neighborhoods in the outer boroughs that approach the quiet and laid-back vibe of the suburbs. And, you can still commute to Manhattan if you end up back in an office when things are more normal.

Of course, buying a house in the city might cost you more than buying a co-op or condo, depending on where you buy and how big the property is, and there’s more responsibility (no more calling the super or landlord to fix something). But, in addition to having more space, there are other benefits that are appealing, especially in the Covid era: privacy, outdoor space, laundry rooms, driveways or garages, and you won’t have to share an elevator or common area with neighbors (or strangers).

So, if you’re ready to be a homeowner in the five boroughs, here are five houses on the market including a four bedroom in Pleasant Plains, Staten Island and a five bedroom in Forest Hills, Queens.

88 Savo Loop, Pleasant Plains 

This four bedroom, two and a half bath is asking $849,000. The Staten Island house has hardwood floors, modern light fixtures, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, a walk-in closet, attached garage, above-ground pool, patio, and full basement. The Pleasant Plains train station and North Mount Loretto State Forest are nearby.

82-25 Grenfell St., Kew Gardens

This five bedroom, three bath is asking $998,000. The semi-attached Colonial features hardwood floors, crown molding, stainless steel appliances, a gas fireplace, formal dining room, laundry room, an enclosed porch, and attached garage. The Kew Gardens LIRR station and Dani’s House of Pizza are nearby. 

7514 Twelfth Ave., Dyker Heights 

This three bedroom, two bath is asking $1,099,000. The brick house has hardwood floors, recessed lighting, high ceilings, radiant heat flooring, central air conditioning, stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets, a balcony, large attic, patio, and shared driveway. Grandma’s Bakery and Dyker Beach Golf Course are nearby. 

14 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills 

This five bedroom, three and a half bath is asking $2,188,000. The renovated house has hardwood floors, an entry foyer with a sitting bench and custom closets, stainless steel appliances, exposed wood beams, recessed lighting, built-ins, a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, a finished basement, backyard, and two-car garage. Located in Forest Hills Gardens, the Forest Hills LIRR station and Nick’s Pizza are nearby. 

98 Lincoln Rd., Prospect Lefferts Gardens

This four bedroom, four bath is asking $2,695,000. The 1922 brick house has hardwood floors, crown molding, original woodwork, stainless steel appliances, a gas fireplace, home office, full basement, central air conditioning, new windows, a new slate roof, garage, and a front yard. Located in Prospect Lefferts Gardens Historic District, Prospect Park and Kulushkat are nearby.