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 space at the right price. As evidenced by our before-and-after renovation “reveals” every week, a property 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 currently available homes that will inspire your search.
Located in a neighborhood that routinely sees homes sell for upwards of $4 million, this five-story townhouse in South Harlem is a find. It is currently set up as an SRO (single room occupancy) and has one tenant in place already. It has 11 rooms, eight bedrooms, and three baths and is in need of a renovation, but has original details like fireplaces and wood floors and woodwork. It is a great opportunity for a multi-family investment.
This condo has sweeping views of SoHo—you can see all the way to Hudson Yards. Its 13-foot-high ceiling is pretty impressive as well. Oh, and did we mention the space is primed and ready for renovation? It has been completely gutted, so feel free to bring your general contractor or architect when you check it out to help you envision what your dream apartment could look like. Right now, there is a floor plan for three bedrooms and three baths—but this 2,000-square-foot space can really be what you make of it.
This legal two-family home has a walk-down basement and separate front entrance. It is a three-bedroom-over-two duplex and has an existing footprint of 1,650 square feet. Another property ideal for multi-family investment, its location in popular Williamsburg is just a short walk from the neighborhood’s trendy restaurants and stores, but still has a quaint residential vibe.
Renovating a small space can help maximize its potential. Even though this studio apartment is diminutive, it has outsize potential. It has a steady stream of natural light from its living room and bathroom windows—and a large closet to boot. Re-envision the kitchen and spruce up the bathroom and you will have the perfect studio in Midwood, Brooklyn.
This co-op in Riverdale is great for commuters, with easy access to the bus, Metro-North train, and major highways. With a little updating, this studio will be a steal, as it also boasts hardwood floors, two rooms, and a bathtub/shower combo. Plus, it is conveniently located near a major shopping plaza and numerous dining establishments.
This large one-bedroom condo in Parkchester is appealing for its locale (it is close to shops and restaurants) as well as its potential. It is spacious, featuring a large living area that can take on different configurations, a nook near the kitchen that can be converted into an office or dining space, and a bedroom that can accommodate a king-sized bed and other furniture.
A family room/den, laundry on the top floor, central air—and situated on a cul-du-sac…what more could you ask for? This single-family townhouse in Arden Heights has three baths and two bedrooms and plenty of natural sunlight. The galley kitchen could use a refresh. See some galley kitchen ideas from past Sweeten renovators here.
Located on a charming, tree-lined street, this Cape-style detached house in Great Kills sits on a 50×100 lot. The homeowners have already done some of the work for you: it has a new roof and windows, as well as maintenance-free Trex decking in the spacious backyard. The basement is ready to be renovated to make it even more family-friendly. The property currently has three bedrooms, one bath, and a wood-burning fireplace—a cozy home in a desirable Staten Island neighborhood.
This detached Colonial in Maspeth, Queens is a good home for a small family, with its three bedrooms, a finished basement, a detached garage, and a fenced-in backyard. It also has lovely wide-plank floors and three large bedrooms. Some rooms could use updating from an aesthetic standpoint, but the “bones” of a nice family home are all there.
This two-bedroom, two-bath condo in Ridgewood comes with a lot of top perks for city living: views of the Manhattan skyline, a gym, a rooftop deck, a playroom, two elevators, and your own private parking spot. Inside it features 14-foot ceilings, large windows, wood floors, stainless steel appliances, and a washer & dryer. It is move-in ready but the kitchen could use some TLC. (These 11 Sweeten kitchens renovations may spark inspiration.)
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