For every New Yorker happy to embrace high-rise living, there's more than one who longs for the pleasures of a house—multiple floors, spacious layouts, and your very own front door—without being forced to decamp for the suburbs.
Easier said than paid for. Even in Brooklyn, typically the cheaper alternative to Manhattan, the price of a house—a term we use to refer to brownstones, row houses, detached single-family homes, and homes with one or two rental units—is steadily going up, hitting record highs in some neighborhoods. That's especially true of brownstones: “If you had to pick a housing stock that was hottest right now, it’d be the brownstone market,” says Jonathan Miller of real estate appraisal firm Miller Samuel. Overall, the average price of a Brooklyn house is almost $883,000, up 22 percent from the year before, reports brokerage Douglas Elliman.
We spoke to several of Brooklyn's real estate experts; looked at the prices of houses on the market, using data from StreetEasy; and scoped out the average sale prices from the first seven months of this year, with numbers from Miller, all to find five neighborhoods where you can still get a bona fide house for six figures. Here's what we found.