Starter homes come in all sizes and conditions, and those that have been renovated usually command more than their neighbors. But single folks or couples looking for their first big investment don’t necessarily have to move into a fixer-upper. We found nine starter homes that don’t need serious renovations, priced 10 percent to 15 percent below the 2016 median sale price for their communities.
Size Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,400 square feet on a 4,000-square-foot lot
Listing agents Gloria Datlow and Elyse Whiton, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-623-4500
About the house This 1949 Cape was renovated after superstorm Sandy.
The owner installed oak hardwood floors and renovated the kitchen with dark wood cabinets, a glass tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and Corian countertops. Off the side of the house is a covered porch, and the property includes a detached garage.
“The gentleman who owns the house has great taste,” says Gloria Datlow of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who is co-listing the property with Elyse Whiton.
Size Two bedrooms, one bathroom, 900 square feet on a 2,480-square-foot lot
Listing agent Derek Greene, Greene Realty Group, 877-222-0621
About the house Thomas Mink lived in this 1970s ranch as a single man for 13 years, and then with his wife, Li Mink.
The couple moved to Dix Hills five years ago when their daughter was born, renting out the home before putting it on the market. Before listing, they renovated the bathroom and kitchen, installing honey-colored oak cabinets and ceramic tile floors.
“It’s perfect for a single person or young couple,” Li Mink says.
Size Two bedrooms, one bathroom, 664 square feet on a 4,000-square-foot lot
Listing agent Nelly Menendez, Laffey Real Estate, 516-921-4300
About the house The sellers renovated the kitchen and bathroom of this 1926 ranch-style house three years ago and also finished the basement.
“It’s definitely a starter home,” says listing agent Nelly Menendez of Laffey Real Estate.
“It is like a two-bedroom apartment with a backyard and basement," listing agent Menendez says.
Miller Place: $339,990
Size Two bedrooms, one bathroom, 1,100 square feet on a 10,019-square-foot lot
Listing agent Christopher Armstrong, Century 21 Princeton Properties, 631-467-3800
About the house Seller John Rouse has owned this 1970s cottage-like home since 1995, living there until a couple of years ago and recently renovating it before putting it on the market.
“It is a small home, but it is accented by a lot of natural light,” says Rouse, who vaulted three-quarters of the home’s ceilings.
He also added crown molding, installed marble floors in the kitchen and bathroom, and surrounded the fireplace in the living room with jade green tile.
Size Three bedrooms, one bathroom on a 9,148-square-foot lot
Listing agents Shaughnessy Dusling and Cynthia McKenna, Keller Williams Realty, 631-675-0770
About the house The seller of this 1969 ranch is an investor who bought it a year ago and renovated it, adding a new heating system, new roof and new siding, as well as a new kitchen and bathroom.
The ceiling in the living room is unique, comprised of railroad ties and spikes, which the seller left intact. “They painted it white to give it a more modern look,” says Shaughnessy Dusling of Keller Williams Realty, who is co-listing the property with Cynthia McKenna.
“It’s not that cookie-cutter flip house that you find," listing agent Dusling says.
Valley Stream: $339,900
Size Two bedrooms, one bathroom, 825 square feet on a 2,838-square-foot lot
Listing agent Matthew Korman, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-354-6500
About the house This 1920s ranch home is in excellent condition, says listing agent Matthew Korman of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
The sellers updated the kitchen and bathroom in 2004.
“They also vaulted the ceilings in master bedroom and living room to make the house feel larger,” listing agent Korman says.
Size Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, 2,200 square feet on a 5,227-square-foot lot
Listing agents Carol Conigliaro and Holly Newme, Signature Premier Properties, 631-368-6800
About the house After purchasing this 1970s high ranch in 2002, seller Annie Curcie renovated the kitchen in 2006 and put tiles down in the family room a year later. There is also a new roof and a new deck in the backyard.
The high ranch configuration, with a family room and one bedroom downstairs, and the kitchen and additional bedrooms upstairs, leads to privacy for a growing family. “Back when our girls were little, they would use the family room as a playroom,” Curcie says.
Now, the owners' oldest daughter is living in the downstairs bedroom before she heads to graduate school. “It’s almost like her own little apartment downstairs, without a kitchen,” Curcie says.
Size Three bedrooms, 1 1⁄2 bathrooms, 1,373 square feet on a 6,500-square-foot lot
Listing agent Paris Rosvolos, Rosvolos Realty, 516-558-7762
About the house This expanded ranch, built in 1953, is surrounded by newly constructed homes selling for $1 million and up.
In the past four years, the sellers have renovated the kitchen, adding custom cabinetry and granite countertops.
The sellers also remodeled the bathrooms and added new hardwood floors.
Size Two bedrooms, one bathroom, 944 square feet on a 1,620-square-foot lot
Listing agent Kevin Leatherman of Leatherman Homes, 516-766-1400
About the house This 1927 Colonial has been in the same family for 57 years.
After the owners died, their son and daughter-in-law renovated the home, adding a modern kitchen with a white tiled backsplash and stainless steel appliances
They also added new dark hardwood floors during the renovation.