Beyond in-unit washers and dryers or balconies, there is something even more elusive in the NYC housing market: private backyards. But what if we told you that hidden gems are scattered across the city, defying the traditional norms of city living by offering a touch of suburban tranquility? And they don’t cost millions of dollars. Yes, there are NYC apartments with private backyards on the market for under $1 million. Here are some of our top picks that provide a rare sanctuary for homebuyers who crave an escape while staying in the concrete jungle.

Price $795,000
Space 1 bed, 1 bath
Neighborhood Upper West Side

First on our roundup of NYC apartments with private backyards is a stunning co-op on a park-side block just steps from Riverside Park. This Upper West Side one-bedroom plus home office unit features updated interiors with hardwood floors, high ceilings, and designer millwork. The renovated gourmet kitchen boasts custom cabinetry, quartz counters, and high-end stainless steel appliances, while the updated bathroom offers a tub/shower with glass doors and contemporary open vanity. The serene king-sized bedroom has roomy closets and a lovely ceiling fan, while the spacious home office can also serve as a formal dining room. Outside, the private garden oasis includes an oversized deck and tall fencing, adding to the sanctuary.

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Price $868,000
Space 4 beds, 2 baths
Neighborhood College Point

This move-in-ready duplex is all about privacy. Located inside a condo complex overlooking Whitestone Bridge with a private security patrol, it features a private backyard perfect for relaxation. The lower floor provides access to the yard, a deeded garage, and additional private parking in front of the property. Set on a semi-private road in the College Point neighborhood of Queens, the home offers a peaceful and private setting, with access to a 6-acre waterfront promenade. Landscaped grounds and private amenities like neighborhood video surveillance contribute to the serene environment, making this an ideal choice for those seeking a quiet retreat with all the conveniences nearby.

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Price $879,000
Space 2 beds, 2 baths
Neighborhood Bedford-Stuyvesant

Nestled in a chic new development in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Unit 1 stands out with its bright and spacious 2-bed, 2-bath layout. What truly sets this gem apart is the expansive, 700-square-foot private backyard. Imagine stepping out into your own oasis right in the heart of Brooklyn. The inside of this unit features almost 11-foot ceilings and a smart design that beautifully complements this outdoor space. Whether for entertaining guests or enjoying a quiet moment alone, this private backyard adds a unique dimension to urban living. This modern and elegantly designed home offers the luxury of city life and the serenity of a private outdoor retreat.

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Price $965,000
Space 3 beds, 1 bath
Neighborhood Woodside

This fully renovated turnkey house is perfectly located in Woodside, Queens on a quiet tree-lined block near shops and transportation. It features three bedrooms, one and a half baths, and a full-sized garage with ample storage space. The beautiful gated front yard boasts an in-ground sprinkler system, while the private backyard offers a serene retreat. With easy access to the M and R subway lines and proximity to shops, restaurants, and bars, this home is an ideal oasis.

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Price $625,000
Space 1 bed, 1 bath
Neighborhood Hamilton Heights

We’re not sure it can get any better. This full-floor condo in Hamilton Heights boasts a private backyard garden and is just a few minutes from Columbus Circle by train. Situated steps from multiple train stations, the well-located condo offers 745 square feet of elegant interior space and over 200 square feet of private outdoor serenity — a perfect year-round refuge and entertaining space. Enjoy a chef’s dream kitchen with Viking stainless steel appliances, chic custom cabinetry, and more. Additional features include beautiful hardwood floors, Kohler fixtures, Bosch washer/dryer, and individual heating/cooling units. 

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