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Public School 9 Annex, 279 Sterling Place, #2A (Compass) Public School 9 Annex, 279 Sterling Place, #2A (Compass)
Once upon a time, New Yorkers used to spend weekends waltzing into open houses in desirable neighborhoods. Some were seriously looking to buy, others wanted to get an idea of what their budget would allow, and still others treated it as a pleasant diversion. Either way, visitors could stuff themselves on the homemade cookies or catered spreads set out while imagining their life in that apartment or house.

At the height of the pandemic, open houses were among the many in-person activities that were canceled as part of the attempt to stop the spread. When open houses were allowed to resume, scheduling an appointment for a specific date and time became necessary, as did new health and safety protocols. Showings and open houses were only permitted in unoccupied or vacant properties. New guidelines by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) advised staggering appointments to allow for safe social distancing, requiring face coverings, washing hands or sanitizing upon arrival, keeping a window open to allow for fresh air, and eschewing the traditional handshake.

Years later, even with the city’s high vaccination rates, advance bookings are usually required to attend open houses in New York.
1206-Putnam-Avenue 212 West 72nd Street, #15G (Douglas Elliman)

This comes in addition to the open house etiquette that has always been the norm:

  • It’s usually acceptable to take pictures or videos for personal reference in empty model units, but frowned upon if someone is currently living there
  • Looking inside closets and cabinets is okay to gage storage space, but rifling through the contents is not
  • Stay off the furniture unless invited to sit
  • Ask before taking a closer look at something or using a bathroom
  • Be respectful of the broker hosting the open house
  • No matter how unlike your taste the decor is, keep your commentary generic
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Some are of the opinion that scheduling appointments takes some of the fun and spontaneity out of open houses. On the other hand, in May 2020, a broker told The New York Times that an upside to virtual showings was that only serious buyers attended; this may come to be the case with the new age of open houses.

Below, we take a look at listings hosting open houses this weekend. Find a full list of condos and condops with upcoming open houses here. For a full list of co-op and townhouses listings with open houses, find the full list here. If you are interested in attending, please contact CityRealty to schedule an appointment.


212 West 72nd Street, #15G (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

The Chelsea Mercantile, #PHG (Compass)

One West End, #20F (Compass)

Love Lane Mews, #2J (Compass)

303 West 113th Street, #3 (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

36 West 15th Street, #4 (Compass)

82 University Place, #4 (Compass)

425 West End Avenue, #5A (Compass)

Public School 9 Annex, #2A (Compass)

Veneto, #1801 (Compass)

The Caravelle, #16B (Nest Seekers LLC)

376 President Street, #3K (Compass)

Parker Gramercy, #207 (Compass)

Le Domaine, #17A (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

East River House, #8C (Corcoran Group)

205 East 78th Street, #3C (Compass)

Sutton House, #1BB (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

The Gracemore, #4S (Keller Williams NYC)

The Berkeley, #3A (Corcoran Group)

The Sequoia, #6J (Compass)

60 Riverside Drive, #18H (Yoreevo LLC)

Gracie Gardens, #1L (Corcoran Group)

334 East 77th Street, #7 (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

343 East 51st Street, #2E (Compass)

201 East 66th Street, #8J (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Skyview on Hudson, #19N (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)
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