5 NYC houses for rent if you want suburban-style living in the city

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
September 1, 2021 - 1:30PM

This Riverdale four bedroom, two and a half bath is listed for $7,500 a month. It has a large deck and backyard. 

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If you want the space and privacy that comes with suburban-style living, you don’t necessarily need to leave New York City—or even to buy a house. You can find single-family houses for rent in the city that come with some or all of the trappings of suburbia, like backyards, basements, garages, and even porches.

Renting a house in NYC is likely cheaper than renting a house in the suburbs, where an owner’s high property taxes would be folded back into your rent. You’ll also still benefit from city amenities like public transportation and world-class cultural institutions without sharing a wall with your neighbors.   

You can find detached houses in many neighborhoods around the city, but to have the most options, you should look in outer borough neighborhoods like Riverdale, Forest Hills, and Bay Ridge. These areas seem to have the most availability for house rentals on StreetEasy right now. 

To help with your search, Brick found these five houses for rent in Port Richmond, Malba, Forest Hills, Riverdale, and Bay Ridge.

193 Raymond Pl., Port Richmond 

This three bedroom, two bath is listed for $2,700. The house has hardwood floors, arched doorways, ceiling fans, a dishwasher, sunroom, formal dining room, stone patio, one-car garage, basement, and backyard. Staten Island Zoo and Brooks Lake are nearby. 

141-64 South Dr., Malba 

This four bedroom, three bath is listed for $5,950. The house has hardwood floors, oversized windows, stainless steel appliances, moldings, central air, recessed lighting, a gas fireplace, driveway, and large backyard. Powell’s Cove Park is nearby. 

141 Slocum Crescent, Forest Hills

This four bedroom, two and a half bath is listed for $6,500. The renovated house has moldings, hardwood floors, built-ins, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, central air, a fireplace, finished basement, and backyard. Forest Hills Stadium and 5 Burro Cafe are nearby. 

5913 Tyndall Ave., Riverdale

This four bedroom, two and a half bath is listed for $7,500. The house has hardwood floors, high ceilings, recessed lighting, moldings, millwork, stainless steel appliances, central air, ceiling fans, a gas fireplace, deck, garage, and backyard. Van Cortlandt Park and Bronx Burger House are nearby.

75 82nd St., Bay Ridge

This six bedroom, four and a half bath is listed for $10,000. It has high ceilings, hardwood floors, columns, moldings, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, three bay windows, walk-in closets, central air, a finished basement, laundry room, an attached two-car garage, patio, and backyard. Fort Hamilton Athletic Field and Shore Road Park are 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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