Five Boroughs, 10 Fixer-Uppers on the Market

by Kate Marsanico

Reno-ready properties brimming with potential

In New York City’s always-competitive real estate market, fixer-uppers are the answer to finding the right location or space at the right price. As evidenced by our before-and-after “reveals” every week, an apartment or home can become a dream home with a little TLC and a general contractor you can communicate with and trust. We’re obsessed with scouting on-the-market properties from NYC’s real estate marketplace StreetEasy. Here, we share a few of the homes that will inspire your search.


living room, purpleThis fixer-upper is located on a quiet, tree-lined street in the prime Upper East Side neighborhood of Lenox Hill. With the right contractor, it can be easily converted from a two-bedroom to a three, with enough space to even add a second bathroom.

Price: $995,000

living room, wood moldingSet in the desirable Mount Morris Park Historic District, this townhouse is currently owned by Emmaus, Inc., a local nonprofit. The organization has been operating out of here for nearly 50 years, so by purchasing this property, you can help the Harlem legacy organization be on its way to finding a new home. And a large blank canvas (4,534 square feet!) can be yours to make your own.

Price: $2,290,000


outdated, brown, kitchenThis Glendale home has a lot going for it: a large walk-up attic, hardwood floors, formal dining room, and a basement with a separate entrance. The kitchen and baths could use some work, but with three bedrooms and seven rooms, a small family can live large here with 1,890 square feet.

Price: $785,000

galley kitchen, oldThis postwar co-op in Jackson Heights is in a very convenient location, just three blocks from the train station and right on Northern Boulevard where there are shops, buses, and schools close by. The galley kitchen needs a refresh, but the layout of the one-bedroom has an ideal flow, so you won’t need to do major construction—no tearing down walls or moving plumbing required.

Price: $230,000


This investment property in Crown Heights is currently a three-family dwelling that has the potential to be restored to its original glory with beautiful architectural details. It is rare to find a corner lot with such great space—3,063 square feet—and in a neighborhood that’s just a stone’s throw from Brooklyn’s best shopping and dining.

Price: $1,850,000

green, living roomThis Fort Greene fixer-upper could continue to be a multi-unit or could be converted into a single-family home. It has historical details that just need some refreshing and multiple fireplaces to be refurbished to working order, but it’s all there—and yours, if you love a good remodeling project!

Price: $1,800,000


outdated kitchen High ceilings and hardwood floors throughout make this two-family home in St. George a find. It has great rental potential—each unit has three bedrooms and a full bath. It just needs TLC to bring the kitchens up-to-date.

Price: $899,000

basement, panelingOwned by the same family since it was built in 1978, this three-bedroom home in Richmondtown offers a great opportunity for anyone looking to put their personal stamp on a place. It needs a kitchen remodel, along with some other fixes, but it’s in good condition and the renovations can be done slowly while you live there.

Price: $610,000


outdoor gardenThis romantic two-family home on Valentine Avenue in Fordham has a backyard with a verdant garden, a ton of natural light, and hardwood floors. Plus, it’s close to the New York Botanical Garden and Jerome Park Reservoir, as well as boutique coffee shops and restaurant choices within strolling distance. 

Price: $750,000

kitchen, peninsulaThis single-family home in Pelham Bay was originally a four-bedroom, converted to create a large master suite and two other nice-size bedrooms. The hardwood floors are in good condition; there are separate quarters for the in-laws and a detached garage. An update to the bathroom and the kitchen and it will be a nice space for entertaining family and friends.

Price: $675,000

Note: All prices are captured upon the publication of this article.

Here’s how to line up your renovation with your fixer-upper purchase.

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