With houses selling for a median price significantly lower than that of greater New York City, Staten Island offers some exciting opportunities to homebuyers. The southernmost of New York City's five boroughs, Staten Island offers a healthy inventory of single-family residences, condos and townhouses, ranging from houses that are more than a century old to new construction. With its diverse assortment of properties, Staten Island has something to offer everyone, from first-time homebuyers and empty nesters looking to downsize to people who want to upgrade to larger homes.
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Divided into three districts, Staten Island is home to more than 473,000 residents. The island has gained a reputation for having a thriving arts scene as more artists, filmmakers and musicians move there, especially its North Shore. The island has several museums, including the Staten Island Children's Museum, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art and the Staten Island Botanical Garden. Historic Richmond Town is a living history museum that showcases the island's storied past with some 30 historic buildings dating from the 17th century to the early 20th century. Dubbed the "greenest borough," Staten Island has more than 12,300 acres of parkland and more than 170 parks. Depending on the season, Staten Island parks provide a place to ice skate, ride horses, kayak and more.
Shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife - there is no shortage of things to do in Staten Island. Replete with restaurants, hungry residents can choose from fine-dining establishments to order-at-the-counter delis and everything in between. The Staten Island Mall is a popular shopping spot, and the island has lots of boutiques, small businesses and big box stores. Staten Island offers plenty of theaters and clubs for the evening hours. With Manhattan close by, entertainment options are increased significantly. Staten Island has dozens of public schools to serve local children, as well as private school options. For higher education, the island has the College of Staten Island, Wagner College and St. John's University. With its lower housing prices and diverse inventory, Staten Island should definitely be on your short list if you're house hunting in New York City. Check out our listings for homes for sale in Staten Island to locate the property that is right for you.