5 Dream Homes You Can Tour from Your Sofa (Starting at $425K)
Whether you’re planning a big move or just craving an escape from your current surroundings, there’s an undeniable thrill to touring homes for sale and imagining them as your own. And, given the stay at home order, it may be New Yorkers’ best bet for getting an inside look at what’s on the market.
Over the past two weeks, the number of listings that include video tours have doubled on StreetEasy, and its parent company, Zillow, has found that since March 24, homes featuring 3-D tours are being saved 82 percent more frequently than before. The surge in popularity makes sense, considering it’s the closest many of us can get right now to physically touring these spaces.
No matter where you stand on the buying spectrum, you’ve got to see these five incredible 3-D home tours. Just don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself itching to make an offer.
1. The Studio with Its Own Secret Garden
Your midwestern parents may blanche in horror at the thought of spending $425,000 for a studio, but hey, this is New York City. Once you see the newly renovated kitchen and rustic-chic style (a moment, please, for that exposed brick wall), you’ll be tempted to ditch your current digs. And the second you tour the private backyard, covered in greenery so lush it looks like something out of The Secret Garden...fuggedaboutit.
2. The Two-Bedroom with a To-Die-For Shower
More than 140 people have saved this listing, and for good reason: It’s loaded with amenities. There’s the ultimate NY luxury—a full-size washer and dryer in the condo—but the two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath also features luxe rain showerheads and deep-soaking tubs, so you can take #selfcaresaturday to the next level. Oh, and there’s 653 square feet of private outdoor space.
3. The Four-Bedroom with Jaw-Dropping Stained Glass
This Brooklyn townhouse is a little bit modern, a little bit historic. The roof, windows, plumbing and electric are all new, but the owners took care to restore and maintain some of the home’s original charm: stained glass pocket doors, coffered ceilings, parquet floors and a center staircase that draws your eyes up to the massive, 72-inch stained glass cupola in the ceiling. It may take you more than a few minutes to virtually explore all four stories of this 3,553-square-foot space.
4. The Eight-Bedroom that Belongs in a Nancy Meyers Movie
Director Nancy Meyers is known for sets that practically steal the spotlight away from the stars (see: The Holiday, It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give). Well, we found your next shooting location, Nance. First, just take in the fact that this Victorian boasts eight bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms and a two-car garage. Then take in the quartz counters in the kitchen, finished basement and the fact that you’re within walking distance of the B & Q trains, and you might start wondering how many friends you could split mortgage payments with (you know, once we’re past social distancing) to cover the nearly $2.8 million asking price.
5. The Co-Op that’s Right Next to Central Park
Who needs a backyard when you’re a short walk from Manhattan’s most iconic greenspace? The four-bedroom home also features a wine fridge and a master bedroom with built-in closets, a dressing area (!) and an en-suite bathroom covered floor-to-ceiling in white marble. Oh, and the floors are heated. Oh oh, and those aren’t reserved for just the master bath; all three bathrooms are similarly tricked out, including overhead heat lamps, because no one wants to shiver when they get out of the shower in mid-February.