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When perusing New York real estate listings, especially low-priced listings are sometimes accompanied by two words of warning: “estate sale.” That might be confusing to buyers from other parts of the country who are accustomed to hearing the phrase used to describe what is essentially a high-end garage sale of the entire contents of a home. But in New York, it means that the home itself has come on the market because the previous owner has died, and the apartment is offered for sale by their estate, usually their heirs.
Some would-be buyers are hesitant to enter a home where there has been a recent death out of fear or respect. Others, however, are more likely to be scared of the condition of the apartments that have not been changed in decades. There is a reason many listings encourage searchers to “bring your architect”: Low asking prices are often offset by the costly, extensive renovations needed to bring these apartments up to modern standards.
Additionally, the purchase of an estate sale apartment takes more time and legal help than that in the purchase of a traditional unit. It is not unheard of for a deceased person's estate to put the apartment on the market before all legal issues have been fully resolved, which can delay the closing. Inspections are still allowed, but estate sales cannot be contingent on the seller making the changes or repairs one might be able to bargain for somewhere else. The process is complicated enough with a straightforward will, but title claims can further complicate the process. It is little wonder Brick Underground quips that, "what you save on asking price, you may well pay for in the time, effort, and cost it takes in navigating a sale with attorney involvement."
However, certain buyers are not put off by estate sales but rather embrace them. Some people appreciate an apartment’s rich history, and a class of design enthusiasts welcomes the challenge of either restoring a prewar home to its former glory or bringing it into the 21st century. Either way, the following listings offer the chance to create one’s own estate in highly coveted parts of Manhattan for significantly lower prices than one would typically pay.

If you are interested in seeing one of these listings or learning more about estate sales, call CityRealty at 212-755-5544 or inquire in the contact box. A sales expert will get back to you to start you on the process.

85-Livingston-Street-01 All images of The Robert Livingston via Brown Harris Stevens
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From the Listing: Airy and bright alcove studio with great space, blue skies, and endless possibilities. This oversized studio is an estate sale and a fantastic opportunity to create a one bedroom. The apartment is spacious and generously proportioned with a separate kitchen and dining area, living room, and space for a home office. The bedroom area fits a king/queen size bed and is easily made into a private bedroom. Other features include a wall of windows facing north, three large floor-to-ceiling closets providing ample storage, high ceilings and more. Note: The maintenance includes electric, gas, heat, air conditioning and water. See floor plan and full details here.

545-West-End-Avenue-01 All images of The Florence via Corcoran
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From the Listing: Back on the market! An incredible opportunity to appoint this home with new finishes that speak to your personal taste and to make it your own! This is an estate sale, the photos have been virtually renovated to help you envision what could be done with this oversized one-bedroom apartment. The windowed kitchen is large and has tons of cabinet space. Get in touch with your inner chef and use this kitchen to its fullest potential. Large living room and king-sized bedroom, excellent closet space. Pin-drop quiet apartment facing the back of the building. You could install your own washer / dryer in the apartment, although there is a laundry facility in the building. See floor plan and full details here.

360-East-72nd-Street-01 All images of 360 East 72nd Street via Douglas Elliman
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From the Listing: Estate Sale Opportunity...Bring your contractor and make this home your very own. Residence A1000 is a well-proportioned alcove studio / one bedroom apartment located on the 10th floor. The apartment is approximately 650 square feet with 9' ceiling heights with southern and eastern window views allowing beautiful light to stream through and enjoy open city views. See floor plan and full details here.

170-West-81st-Street-01 All images of 170 West 81st Street via Triplemint
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From the Listing: An especially spacious one-bedroom apartment with high ceilings and windows in every room. This is an estate sale and a great opportunity to make this home your own. The bedroom is king-sized and large enough for a walk-in closet, the kitchen could be combined with the living room to create a massive open-concept space, perfect for any occasion. The apartment is pin-drop quiet as it is situated at the rear of the building away from any traffic. Space is available to install washer/dryer (subject to board approval) also a well-maintained laundry facility in the building. See floor plan and full details here.

160-East-38th-Street-01 All images of Murray Hill Mews via Brown Harris Stevens
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From the Listing: An exceptional opportunity to own a spacious one-bedroom, one-bath "Estate Sale" at the prestigious Murray Hill Mews awaits you. Bring your contractor and your imagination to create the home of your dreams. Located on the 15th floor facing east, it features a comfortably sized living room/dining area, bedroom and kitchen, with plenty of closet space. See floor plan and full details here.

750-Park-Avenue-01 All images of 750 Park Avenue via Compass
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From the Listing: Welcome to this bright, east-facing, one bedroom, one bathroom co-op on the corner of prestigious 72nd street and Park Ave on the Upper East Side. This estate sale unit is the perfect canvas for it's new owners' tastes! As you step inside the generous living room you will be greeted by a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows that provide access to a wrap around private terrace with a glimpse of Central Park. The windowed kitchen creates an inviting space and the efficient layout allows for a conveniently positioned dining area next to the kitchen. With its generous size and great light, this home has all the foundation to create perfect space for its new owner. The property is well-priced to leave room in the budget for any cosmetic updates you wish to make. See floor plan and full details here.

152-Macon-Street-01 All images of 152 Macon Street via Corcoran
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From the Listing: 152 Macon Street is a legal 7 unit townhouse currently configured as four floor-thru apartments. It is an ESTATE SALE. It will not be delivered vacant. There are two tenants that come with the property. There are violations that will need to be dealt with by the new owners. The structure is solid, the mechanicals are up to date. The house is 3,600 square feet with 400 square feet additional FAR. The home is rich in period details, mantles and tin ceilings. See floor plan and full details here.

300-East-54th-Street-01 All images of Connaught Tower via Compass
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From the Listing: Estate Sale Opportunity // All Offers Considered // Motivated Seller

Bring your contractor to create an open concept masterpiece or move right in. The floor plan allows for amble options when renovating. Can be expanded into a 3 bedroom apartment.
Extremely sunny, south-west facing combo unit located in a white glove cooperative. Currently 2 split bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a washer dryer. The T shaped living /dining room has panoramic south and west views and a west facing balcony. The apartment has an incredible amount of closet/storage space. Note: Monthly maintenance varies based on utility usage electricity is submetered and will be added to monthly bill. Maintenance shown does not include utilities.
See floor plan and full details here.

785-Park-Avenue-01 All images of 785 Park Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
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From the Listing: Pre-war corner south and west-facing two-bedroom, two-bath plus powder room presents a rare opportunity for the discerning buyer at the highly coveted 785 Park Avenue. This estate sale offers a well maintained and clean canvas with a desirable floor plan layout highlighted by the sprawling living room with a backdrop of 4 large windows with southern exposure. The gracious foyer welcomes you to the elegant gallery with powder room before entering the living space. The L-shaped kitchen can be partially opened or renovated as an eat-in chef's kitchen as the focal point of your home. Create a formal windowed dining room or keep the open flow. See floor plan and full details here.

10-West-66th-Street-01 All images of Park Ten via Compass
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From the Listing: This truly sprawling split two-bedroom is now available in the iconic Park Ten. South and east-facing windows with tree-line views greet you upon entrance into the oversized Great Room with separate dining area. This is an art collectors dream as well as the perfect entertaining space. The large windowed kitchen with two entranceways provides ample storage and counter space. Two king-sized bedrooms are pin-drop quiet and there are two full baths as well. This estate sale is a rare opportunity to reimagine this giant home and make it your own. See floor plan and full details here.

564-Rugby-Road-01 All images of 564 Rugby Road via Elegran
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From the Listing: This pre-war Victorian two-family home is now available in charming and beautiful Ditmas Park! This 3,340-square-foot home offers a spacious layout and rooms filled with warm, natural light. The lower floor has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, and the upper floor has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There are also 2 windowed rooms in the semi-finished basement complete with closets and a full bathroom. The interior features both historical charm and modern fixtures, such as stainless steel appliances in the kitchens. Residents in both units can enjoy outdoor space, with a patio on the first floor, a terrace on the second floor, and a large backyard.This is an Estate sale. See floor plan and full details here.

290-West-End-Avenue-01 All images of 290 West End Avenue via Maxwell Jacobs
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From the Listing: This Classic 8 estate sale features a wonderful layout, very spacious rooms and high ceilings. The Western, northern, and southern exposures from the 16th floor also provide excellent light along with some Hudson River views. There is an exceptionally gracious entry foyer that connects the three main bedrooms and baths with the large living and dining rooms. The original kitchen can easily be expanded by incorporating one of the two adjacent maid's rooms. This is an incredible renovation opportunity! See floor plan and full details here.

95-North-6th-Street-01 All images of 95 North 6th Street via Brown Harris Stevens
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From the Listing: Estate Sale Opportunity - 25' wide mixed use building in the heart of Williamsburg's booming scene. The ground floor and basement are already set up as a fully built out restaurant, the 2 upper floors are large vacant floor through apartments. At an existing 4,800 square feet (not including the cellar) property has an additional 2,700 of air rights, and can either be a lucrative cash flow investment property, or a super prime spot to set up a large restaurant/business. The property will be delivered vacant and ready for renovation. A rare find in a highly sought after location! See floor plan and full details here.

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