Crib Sheet

5 open houses in the best neighborhoods for first-time buyers

This co-op at 5700 Arlington Ave. in Riverdale in on the market for $345,000. 

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Earlier this week we looked at New York City’s best neighborhoods for first-time buyers in 2018, identifying the areas with the most studios and one bedrooms for under $400,00. Some pricey neighborhoods have a median sales price of nearly $4 million dollars, so you can spare yourself a lot of grief by searching only in areas where apartments have more attainable price tags.

For this week's Friday Crib Sheet, we’ve rounded up four one-bedroom and one studio on the market in the New York neighborhoods identified by StreetEasy as having the most offerings for first-time buyers. All of the ones on our list are co-ops and several of them are in full-service buildings with lots of amenities. 

77-16 Austin St., #5K, Forest Hills, Queens

This is a one bedroom in a classic, 1929 Tudor-style building. The fifth-floor apartment has been renovated and has hardwood floors and a large foyer. The building has a live-in super and is close to the subway and shopping on Queens Boulevard and Austin Street. It is listed for $289,000 and has a maintenance charge of $685 a month.

The open house is set for Saturday, May 5th, 1-3 p.m.

5700 Arlington Ave., #11 E, Riverdale, the Bronx

This is a one bedroom in a three-building, amenity-rich complex called Skyview. The kitchen and bathroom have been updated with high-end finishes and fixtures, and there is a terrace. The apartment does not require board approval and is on the market for $345,000, with a monthly maintenance of $851.

The open houses are scheduled for Saturday, May 5th, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, May 6th, 1-4 p.m.

7101 Colonial Rd., #R5D, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

This is a one bedroom with office space. It also has a large living room with an ornamental fireplace, a windowed kitchen with new stainless-steel appliances and built-in seating, and a renovated, windowed bathroom. The seven-unit building has upgraded mechanicals and allows one dog under 40 pounds. It also has storage, although there’s a waitlist. The apartment is listed for $384,000, with maintenance fee of $746.

The open house is planned for Saturday, May 5th, 1-2:30 p.m.

225 East 36th St., 3C, Murray Hill, Manhattan

This studio has a large window in the living space, two large closets, and parquet flooring. Air conditioning is included in the maintenance fee, and the full-service building has a 24-hour doorman, concierge service, and parking. The building was originally called the Parker Crescent for its distinctive curved shape. The co-op allows pied-à-terre use, co-purchasing, parents buying for working children, subletting after three years of ownership, and pets with board approval. It is listed for $390,000 with a maintenance charge of $708.

The open house is slated for Sunday, May 6th, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

76-12 35th Ave. #3K, Jackson Heights, Queens

This one bedroom has newly refinished hardwood floors and a new paint job. Both the kitchen and bath have been gut-renovated and have new fixtures, including granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The building is close to the year-round Jackson Heights farmer's market and multiple subway lines. It is listed for $375,000 with a maintenance fee of $644.

An open house, by appointment only, is planned for Sunday, May 6th noon-1 p.m.