Even for low-key Inwood, the 950-square-foot co-op at 117 Seaman Avenue is a steal. (Go to the Barak Realty site and enter Web ID 300191.) It's got two bedrooms, a kitchen large enough to eat in, and a dining area that could easily be closed off to create a third bedroom — all for only $395,000. It's a little tired, but original details that prewar fans drool over — moldings, paneled walls, and the like — are intact. Plus, the seller's willing to pony up a year's maintenance (about $670 a month) just to get someone to take the apartment off his hands, says listing agent William Vilkelis of Barak Realty. Why so eager? Renters were in place, which made the property inconvenient to show. Brokers had to work around their schedules, and their moving boxes cluttered up the space. Now they're gone, and the owner, who lives all the way in Pennsylvania, doesn't feel like playing landlord anymore.
— S. Jhoanna Robledo