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. As we move into the fall, a busy season for buyers, we share a few of the homes that will inspire your search.


This two-family duplex in Central Harlem has many bedrooms—seven to be exact! There are four on the upper-level duplex and three on the lower. Another perk is the backyard area (not always easy to find in NYC) and a basement that is just waiting to be converted into a wine cellar.

Price: $1,700,000

Brand-new, oversized windows. Eleven-foot-high ceilings. Yes, please! Once a handbag factory, this 2,600-square-foot loft in Chelsea has old-world charm. All it needs is a little creative reconfiguring, which is more than doable with the right architect and general contractor! Sweeten can help, of course.

Price: $2,700,000


Located in the beautiful Kew Gardens area, this studio is a gem, but would be even better with a little work. It’s filled with natural light and features a private outdoor space, which then leads to a convivial common area. Plus, it has 24-hour security. If you are in the market for a place in Queens, this is definitely a keeper.

Price: $168,888

Looking for an investment property? This two-family in Woodhaven has great potential. Each unit features an enclosed porch, full bath, large living room, and two bedrooms. Plus, it’s a commuters’ special—only a half-mile from the J/Z and A trains.

Price: $750,000


This lovely Park Slope home has a lot of history. Unlike many other older buildings in Brooklyn, this legal three-family doesn’t need a lot of work, just a kitchen that could use a bit of a refresh—pretty impressive for a limestone home built in the 1870s.

Price: $3,400,000

Located in arguably the hottest remodeling neighborhood in New York City, this Bed-Stuy two-family, five-story brownstone is back on the market after 50 years. While it definitely needs updating, it has good bones. Classic details like fireplaces in every bedroom and a tin ceiling in the kitchen make it too good to pass up.

Price: $1,650,000

Staten Island

This home built in 1965 is sitting pretty in Lighthouse Hill, a niche community on Staten Island known for the signature octagonal lighthouse, which dates back to 1912. The kitchen needs updating, but the fact that it’s an eat-in kitchen and in a house with three bedrooms—or four if you want to convert a sitting room—makes it a great choice for growing families.

Price: $799,000

Solar-panel energy is just one of the many reasons this 1,700-square-foot fixer-upper is so desirable. It features a large deck overlooking the backyard, a sun-drenched eating nook, and gorgeous woodwork throughout. Update the kitchen and maybe a bathroom and you are living in an (Staten) Island paradise.

Price: $679,000

The Bronx

Looking for outdoor space? This detached two-family home in Pelham Bay delivers with a small backyard that is perfect for summer BBQs or fire pit nights in autumn. Close to public transportation, the house is conveniently located and in a desirable neighborhood. With some TLC, it’s a great property to rent or convert to a single-family residence.

Price: $699,000

Small in size, big in perks. This studio in Riverdale features unobstructed views and an oversized alcove that can fit a king-size bed. But even more impressive is the Olympic-size pool, tennis and basketball courts, a gym, and even a dog park in the complex. Sign us up!

Price: $200,000

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

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