24 New York City Homes That Are What Dreams Are Made Of

To some, there is no aspiration higher than moving to the big city in hopes of achieving their career goals and the ultimate American dream: living in (and owning) a stunning New York City loft apartment. We all know, even just anecdotally, that the Manhattan real estate market is fierce, full of old money and international investors. But that dream of selling off everything you own and finding a sun-soaked studio with south-facing windows is still possible and eventually, you could find yourself living through your very own 19th-century brownstone renovation in Brooklyn. Here are 24 stories of people who made it work in the Big Apple and have beautiful homes to show for it.

1. Classic Railroad-Style Apartment

railroad style apartment with stainless steel fireplace surround
credit: Eric Petschek

2. West Village Charmer

postwar living room with modern details
credit: Chloe Berk

3. Work-Life Balance in Brooklyn

couch with picture frame collage wall above
credit: Chloe Berk

4. Soft-Industrial Vibes in Greenpoint

5. Occupation as Inspiration

6. Micro Studio

well-designed bathroom for a small space
credit: Alan Tansey

7. Dreamy SoHo Loft

8. Bright Brooklyn Happy Place

9. Ultramodern Meets Boho in Brooklyn Heights

10. Timeless Details That Pop

11. Brownstone Gold

12. Well-Designed Townhouse

13. A Historic House With Bold Modern Accents

historic wooden design details and modern red sideboard
credit: Travis Mark

14. Neutral Heaven in Brooklyn

15. Floating Room Concept

16. Cozy Creative Space

17. Minimalism Done Right

minimal bedroom with sconces and pendant light
credit: Maletz Design

18. The Epitome of Goals

neutral powder room with wallpaper and goldtone hardware
credit: Alan Gastelum

19. Mindful Renovation

neutral living room with floating shelves and ceiling fan
credit: Anjie Cho

20. How to Brighten a Brownstone

21. Prewar Predicament

22. When Two Became One

kitchen living room combo with warm, rustic details
credit: Joe Fletcher

23. When Your Priority is Space and Light

24. Kid-Friendly Modern

Lauren McQuade

Lauren McQuade

Lauren McQuade is a writer, editor based in Los Angeles.