Five Boroughs, 10 Fixer-Uppers on the Market

by Kelley Rowland

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 reach its potential with a little TLC and a first-rate general contractor. We’re obsessed with scouting on-the-market properties from NYC’s real estate marketplace StreetEasy; here, a few to start your hunt for the perfect fixer-upper.


living room and floor planThis Yorkville studio boasts south-facing windows and is in the back of the building away from street noise—a win-win! Plus, the open floor plan leaves plenty of opportunity to create a layout that works for your lifestyle.

Price: $299,000

living room and floor planYou had us at five large closets. This one-bedroom in Lenox Hill leaves nothing to be desired thanks to its in-unit laundry, building amenities (roof-deck, garage), and storage options. Parquet floors and white walls expand the unit, giving plenty of room for an imaginative owner to add their personal touch.

Price: $649,000


A doorman building with views of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn and Kosciuszko bridges? We’re sold. This Woodside, Queens one-bedroom has plenty of charm and space to spare and has great bones for an owner looking to renovate.

Price: $339,000

living space and exterior Just two blocks away from the Long Island Railroad, this four-family home in Bayside, Queens, has a prime location and is in good condition, but the kitchens and bathrooms are dated. Best of all? There’s hardwood throughout.

Price: $1,580,000


Townhome enthusiasts, this one’s for you. The four-story, two-unit residence in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, has no shortage of original character—those doors!—and is definitely ready to be restored to its former glory.

Price: $1,299,000

Sure the ceilings and floors are impressive, but this building also boasts updated mechanicals and a new roof—which means a future owner can focus on interior renovations. The three-family home in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, can be reconfigured to create a rental unit, too.

Price: $1,375,000

Staten Island

dining room and exteriorThe best way to describe this Huguenot, Staten Island, single-family home? Potential, space, and location. From the charming sunroom that overlooks the deck and yard to the spacious living areas, it’s a house made for entertaining.

Price: $899,888

kitchen and exterior This Eltingville, Staten Island, home provides the best of suburban living but is also close to shopping, dining, and transportation amenities. There are four bedrooms and a semi-finished basement, plus zoning that allows for adding buildable square footage, making it a great option for a growing family.

Price: $519,000

The Bronx

living room and exteriorThe current owners have lived in this Morris Park, Bronx home for 80 years. The fixer-upper needs some TLC, but has a great base with three bedrooms, an unfinished basement, and a fully-enclosed front porch.

Price: $469,000

If you’re looking for a gut-worthy renovation, here you have it. At 1,800 square feet this Mott Haven, Bronx abode will give all the space you need, both inside and out. Bring a contractor and your imagination!

Price: $550,000

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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