Can’t make it out of the city this summer? No need to fret, there are plenty of properties out there that have some of the best outdoor spaces and greenery around, perfect for a sunny stroll, a picnic or a simple escape from the urban din. Before we sign off for the Fourth of July holiday, here are our three favorite staycation properties currently on the market. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
Central Park is New York City’s outdoor oasis, and this Central Park South unit is on its doorstep. Even a glance out the window will make you feel like you’ve escaped, but there’s nothing like taking some time out and roaming the 843 acres of lush greenery and walkways. Adding a resort-like feel, this unit is in the landmark Jumeirah Essex House, and residents enjoy hotel amenities such as concierge service, room service, valet parking, maid service, health club and more.
“Many buyers re-entering the real estate market after years on the sidelines are discovering what they’re after in brownstone Brooklyn,” the New York Times wrote this month. “In neighborhoods including Fort Greene, Park Slope, Boerum Hill and Red Hook, brokers are besieged by buyers.” Into this highly competitive market comes 170 Washington Park in Fort Greene, which boasts a huge advantage: It’s right on a park. An amazing park, at that. Fort Greene Park, a 30-acre site with roots that go back to the Revolutionary War (it was originally called Washington Park), was the work of Central Park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, and was Brooklyn’s first designated park. Its playgrounds, tennis courts, tree-lined paths and open lawns are the heart of this historic neighborhood.
Currently a four-family house, 170 Washington Park will be delivered vacant, allowing for a new owner to consider many different single-family or multi-family uses. The house, on a 100-foot lot, is 22 feet wide and 45 feet deep, creating generous layouts. And don’t forget: Fort Greene Park is the front yard. With a small-town vibe that people fall for as soon as they visit, Fort Greene also happens to be extremely convenient for commuting to Manhattan. Given what we’re hearing about the Brooklyn brownstone gold rush, we suspect someone will have a claim on this beauty in no time. Here’s a peek inside: