An honest-to-goodness Colonial with clapboard siding isn’t something you see every day in Manhattan or Brooklyn. But Staten Island isn’t like the other boroughs. Perhaps by virtue of its isolation, it has managed to retain a decidedly suburban vibe. Working Girl notwithstanding, Hollywood production companies eager to replicate a small-town feel without having to invade one have been known to shoot there instead. (See Richard Dreyfus’s The Education of Max Bickford) Critics belittle Staten Island for being so different — too different? — from the city, but fans of the hushed streets and verdant corners say that’s precisely why they love it. Prodigal-borough status aside (the name of a local blog of course), Staten Island has much to offer buyers. First, many of the spaces are huge, as in four to six bedrooms. Plus, they’re shockingly affordable; with one exception, all the properties listed below are priced at under a million. The open houses listed after the jump are in the northwest neighborhood of Mariners Harbor or the North Shore itself, which means you won’t be too far deep in the heart of the island. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. —S. Jhoanna Robledo
10 Bay St. Landing, nr. Victory Blvd.
Sunday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
80 Bay St. Landing, nr. Victory Blvd.
Sunday, noon–2 p.m.
By appointment: 917-653-4024
Talbot Pl., nr. Norwood Ave.
Sunday, 2 p.m.–4 p.m.
344 St. Paul’s Ave., nr. Beach St.
Sunday, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.