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If you are looking to buy, your experience riding out the coronavirus pandemic in a New York City apartment may have you convinced it's time to commit to a house with a yard, where more space and privacy can make social distancing easier.
Of course you don't necessarily need to head to the suburbs—you can find houses with generous outdoor space in parts of the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. You’ll have more room to work from home and for online school (if that's still happening in September) and you won’t have to share an elevator or amenity space with others like you do in an apartment building. Plus, your commute to Manhattan (if that's still a thing) may be shorter than a ride from the burbs.
So if you’re in the market for a house with the feel of the suburbs within the five boroughs, check out these houses for sale in Todt Hill, Riverdale, Jamaica Estates, Bay Ridge, and Forest Hills.
70 Sparkill Ave., Todt Hill
This four bedroom, two bath is asking $788,000. There’s hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace, Carrara marble-tiled sunroom, garage, finished basement, laundry room, and landscaped backyard with a deck. The windowed kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a breakfast nook. Nearby eateries include Ambrosio Italian and TRI Lounge & Cafe. The Grasmere Staten Island Railway stop is a three-minute drive away.
310 West 261st St., Riverdale
This three bedroom, one and a half bath is asking $850,000. The renovated house features a wood-burning fireplace, original oak floors, high ceilings, crown molding, a garage, and landscaped backyard. The modern kitchen has stainless steel appliances, a breakfast bar, subway-tile backsplash, and a wine fridge. Nearby eateries include Bronx Burger House and Van Cortlandt Park is about five minutes away. The Broadway/West 262nd Street bus stop is a four-minute walk away.
176-14 80th Rd., Jamaica Estates
This three bedroom, two and a half bath is asking $1,149,000. The brick colonial has a foyer, high ceilings, hardwood floors, a fireplace, laundry room, utility room, garage, and windowed eat-in kitchen. The family room has recessed lighting, exposed wood beams, and its own outdoor entrance. Located in Jamaica Estates, nearby eateries include Fitoor Cafe and St. John’s University Queens Campus is across the street. The QM5’s Union Turnpike/Utopia Parkway bus stop is a three-minute walk away.
117 80th St., Bay Ridge
This three bedroom, two and a half bath is asking $1,488,000. The brick colonial has a wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floors, central air conditioning, a brand new roof, finished basement, deck, terrace, and garage. The eat-in kitchen has windows, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and recessed lighting. Nearby spots include Greenhouse Cafe and Shore Road Park is a seven-minute walk away. The R train’s 77th Street station is 15 minutes away.
69-47 Exeter St., Forest Hills
This five bedroom, three bath is asking $1,888,000. The brick house features a wood-burning fireplace, tons of windows, high ceilings, millwork on the walls, a heated sunroom, garage, and a backyard with a deck. The fully-finished basement has tile floors, a laundry area, utility area, closets, and a full bath. Nearby eateries include 5 Burro Cafe and Forest Hills Stadium is a three-minute walk away. The Forest Hills Metro North station and Forest Hills/71st Avenue subway station are nearby.
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