Sweeten’s Renovating Neighborhoods to Watch in 2020


Sweeten’s annual report reveals the top renovating neighborhoods for New York City and beyond

Sweeten, a free service that matches renovators with general contractors, services thousands of home renovations across the greater New York City area, New Jersey, and counties in Philadelphia, Connecticut, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami. Based on the renovation projects we see through our own platform, we compiled a report showing the top renovating neighborhoods from 2019 to watch in 2020. Are you doing home purchasing or home renovation research this year? This report is a great place to start your search!

Top Renovating Neighborhoods in New York City

The home renovation rate in Williamsburg, Brooklyn doubled for the year, while Flushing and Astoria were renovation hotspots in Queens. The Upper East and West sides continue to be the most frequently renovated neighborhoods in Manhattan, with surges in Morningside Heights and Hamilton Heights. Riverdale maintained first place in the Bronx.

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(Above) Jenn + Jon’s Upper East Side full home renovation

Top Renovating Neighborhoods in Long Island & Westchester

On Long Island, Suffolk County experienced a wave of new renovations in Bellport, Riverhead, and Yaphank. In Nassau County, Port Washington, Manhasset and Long Beach renovations grew exponentially. In Westchester, Irvington, Ossining, and Tarrytown lead the county in renovations.

(Above left) Jennifer + Alex’s Hamptons kitchen remodel in East Hampton; (Above right) Sara + Mike’s multi-room renovation in Westchester

Top Renovating Neighborhoods in Philly, New Jersey, and Connecticut

In New Jersey, Essex, and Hudson Counties had largest increases in renovations. In Essex County, Montclair, East Orange, and Newark saw large increases, with Montclair in the #1 spot. For Hudson County, Jersey City, Hoboken, and North Bergen topped the list. Jersey City continued to hold its first-place lead while also doubling its rate of renovations for the year.

North Bergen New Jersey basement laundry room renovation 2019

(Above) Cristiana’s basement & laundry room renovation in New Jersey

Philadelphia increased in year-over-year renovations, with Queen Village and Bella Vista as the most-renovated region in Philadelphia County, followed by Brewerytown, North Central, East Passyunk, Whitman, and Lower Moyamensing areas.  Philadelphia County had the highest renovation growth, Montgomery County had the second-highest; especially in Glenside, Willow Grove, and Narberth.

Connecticut saw a 20% increase in renovations, with Stamford leading the way in Fairfield County, followed by New Canaan.

(Above left) A Sweeten kitchen renovation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; (Above right) A Sweeten full home renovation in Stamford, Connecticut

We hope you enjoyed our roundup of Sweeten’s renovation hotspots! If someone you know is doing home purchasing research in 2020, share this report with them for state-by-state renovation trends.

For more information on renovation costs, check out Sweeten’s renovation cost guides for each of these areas (plus a few new states Sweeten is matching homeowners with contractors!)

*Analysis based on a comparison of Sweeten’s posted projects, 2018 vs. 2019.

Set your calendar. Here’s how long an apartment renovation can take.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.



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Sweeten’s Renovating Neighborhoods to Watch in 2020


Sweeten’s annual report reveals the top renovating neighborhoods for 2020 in New York City and beyond

Sweeten 2019 Top Renovating Neighborhoods(Above) Click here to see the top renovating neighborhoods to watch in 2020 across all New York City boroughs.

Sweeten, a free service that matches renovators with general contractors, services thousands of home renovations across the greater New York City area, New Jersey, and counties in Philadelphia, Connecticut, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami. Based on the renovation projects we see through our own platform, we compiled a report showing the top renovation neighborhoods from 2019. Are you doing home purchasing or home renovation research in 2020? This report is a great place to start your search! We share some highlights below, but we also created our full list of the top neighborhoods in New York City.

2019 Top Renovating Neighborhoods in New York City

The home renovation rate in Williamsburg, Brooklyn doubled from 2018 to 2019, while Flushing and Astoria were renovation hotspots in Queens. The Upper East and West sides continue to be the most frequently renovated neighborhoods in Manhattan, with surges in Morningside Heights and Hamilton Heights. Riverdale maintained first place in the Bronx, with the most Bronx home renovations in 2019.

Stairs in an Upper East Side duplex home renovation

(Above) Jenn + Jon’s Upper East Side full home renovation

2019 Top Renovating Neighborhoods in Long Island & Westchester

On Long Island, Suffolk County experienced a wave of new renovations in Bellport, Riverhead, and Yaphank. In Nassau County, Port Washington, Manhasset and Long Beach renovations grew exponentially. In Westchester, Irvington, Ossining, and Tarrytown lead the county in renovations.

East Hamptons open concept kitchen renovation 2019

(Above) Jennifer + Alex’s Hamptons kitchen remodel in East Hampton

Westchester New York full home and kitchen renovation 2019

(Above) Sara + Mike’s multi-room renovation in Westchester

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2019 Top Renovating Neighborhoods in Philly, New Jersey, and Connecticut

In New Jersey, Essex and Hudson Counties had largest increases in renovations. In Essex County, Montclair, East Orange, and Newark saw large increases, with Montclair in the #1 spot. For Hudson County, Jersey City, Hoboken, and North Bergen topped the list. Jersey City continued to hold its first-place lead while also doubling its rate of renovations from 2018.

North Bergen New Jersey basement laundry room renovation 2019

(Above) Cristiana’s basement & laundry room renovation in New Jersey

Philadelphia increased in year-over-year renovations from 2018 to 2019, with Queen Village and Bella Vista as the most-renovated region in Philadelphia County, followed by Brewerytown, North Central, East Passyunk, Whitman, and Lower Moyamensing areas.  Although Philadelphia County had the highest renovation growth in 2019, Montgomery County had the second-highest; especially in Glenside, Willow Grove, and Narberth.

Connecticut saw a 20% increase in renovations in 2019, with Stamford leading the way in Fairfield County, followed by New Canaan.

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(Above) A Sweeten kitchen renovation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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(Above) A Sweeten full home renovation in Stamford, Connecticut

We hope you enjoyed our 2019 roundup of Sweeten’s renovation hotspots! If someone you know is doing home purchasing research in 2020, share this report with them for state-by-state renovation trends.

For more information on renovation costs, check out Sweeten’s renovation cost guides for each of these areas (plus a few new states we’re in!)

Set your calendar. Here’s how long an apartment renovation can take.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.



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3 Home Remodeling Tips for a 2-Bedroom Apartment


A designer transforms the 1,050-square-foot home she shares with her partner

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When Mitzie and Jenifer bought their two-bedroom apartment in DUMBO, they knew that a full home renovation was needed before moving in. A designer, Mitzie immediately started sketching out design plans and reached out to Sweeten to find a general contractor who could bring those plans to life. In the home renovation tips below, Mitzie shares the couples’ bedroom and kitchen renovation inspiration, and their experience working with their Sweeten general contractor to improve the lighting in their new apartment. 

Mitzie: (00:05)

Welcome to our home. My name is Mitzie Wong. I live here with my partner Jenifer Harmon, who is a media executive. I’m a painter, designer, and co-founder of Roar + Rabbit.

Mitzie: (00:35)

We wanted to make the apartment feel very casual, yet luxurious. We had a budget in mind, so we were really careful about choosing the materials. We wanted it to feel very inviting and relaxing.

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Photos by Kate Glicksberg for Sweeten

Home Renovation Tip 1: A waterfall island brings living spaces together

Mitzie: (00:53)

When we saw the kitchen initially, it was very boxy. There were lots of angles, the cabinets were jutting out, the counters were short and narrow, so we wanted to make the place a lot more cohesive. We went for a bigger island, deeper with the cascading waterfall marble sides, so it would be a feature because it’s an open plan to the living room. And we unified everything by color. Being an open plan, it had to be a feature. We hid the freezer and the fridge behind the same colors as the cabinet to make it more unified.

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We used the same hardware on the drawers and the doors to make it more cohesive, to give it a lighter and brighter space, and we obviously brought the counter forward to give it more a generous sense of space. Because everything was so new looking, I wanted to put in a handmade tile to just soften it up, to give it some texture and some depth.

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Home Renovation Tip 2: Turn a plain wall into a colorful headboard

Mitzie: (01:58)

This is a fairly new building, it’s only 12 years old, so we wanted to give the apartment some character. As you’ll see, there’s a lot of build-outs and recesses and weird angles in each corner. I wanted to take the focal point away and make a feature wall. I used two-and-a-half-inch plywood beams and painted it to make an accent wall to give it layered depth. If you look slightly to the right, you’ll see the Manhattan bridge, and it’s a gray-blue, so that was part of the inspiration for the color. It’s a slightly off-color of the Manhattan bridge.

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Home Renovation Tip 3: Streamline storage and lighting

Mitzie: (02:40)

We relied on our Sweeten contractor heavily on their expertise for lighting. They dropped the ceilings only two or three inches, and we were able to put in the recessed lighting in both the living room and the office, so we could maintain consistent lighting throughout the day and evening. When we were doing the initial renovation during the gutting stage, there was an additional six inches in the wall [of the master bathroom] that was revealed, so we were able to design together and build a bespoke cabinet.

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Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.



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