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Living on the beach doesn’t mean you have to give up the conveniences of living in a big city. With these charming New York properties, you can spend your days on the shore and your nights under the sparkling city lights.

In New York, the biggest city in the United States, it’s easy to forget that the heart of the city is an island surrounded by water—and that many of the suburbs of this storied city are on the coast, with endless water views just a train ride from the city center. Take a look at these three New York properties for prime beach houses in the city.

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1. Waterfront Historic Home

Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate
 Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Located on the Bronx’s nostalgia-inducing City Island, this stately waterfront home has an elegant interior, with high ceilings and hardwood floors. Its large backyard looks over Long Island Sound, and the property comes with two extra lots and a 200-foot-wide private beach.

In addition to its five bedrooms and three baths, this 1920s home also has spacious living spaces indoors and out. The historic City Island home is listed for $1.999 million by Heather Meissner and Mary Phelan-Kavanagh of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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2. Rockaway Beach Retreat

Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate
 Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

This charming home in Rockaway Beach, in the southeast corner of Queens, boasts high ceilings, built-ins, and a large, grassy backyard. Located in the affluent Belle Harbor community, it also has an updated kitchen, an abundance of natural light, and several outdoor living spaces.

A short walk from the beach, this home has four bedrooms and four and a half baths, with a total of 2,733 square feet. It is listed for $2.2 million by Nicholas Compagnone and Scott Klein of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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3. Brighton Beach Condo

Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate
 Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Get waterfront views with this open and airy condo located in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach. Almost every room of this four-bed, three-bath condo has an ocean view, and the updated chef’s kitchen offers ample cooking and entertaining space.

With 1,888 square feet, this fifth-floor condo in a luxurious oceanfront building makes an excellent New York City beach escape. It is listed for $2.25 million by Peter DeStefano and Christopher Howard of The DeStefano Howard Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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