The number of safehouses in GTA IV is a sharp reduction from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which offered up to 37 safehouses, however none of the five safehouses are required to be purchased, as the player is automatically awarded safehouses upon completion of specific missions.
Safehouses are redesigned in GTA IV; instead of spinning save icons, the player approaches the bed within the safehouse, and selects the option to sleep and save their game. Garages used to store vehicles are replaced by yellow-outlined "RESIDENTS PARKING ONLY" printed parking spaces located on the street outside the safehouses; these parking lots are able to hold up to two full-size sedans, and are also known to be able to save helicopters. Saved vehicles have a slight advantage over traffic cars in the sense of damage. When a saved car gets damaged, it heals itself over time (a simple drive around the block and coming back does this) This only happens when the car recieves a severe hit such as a t-bone or explosion aftermath, making the car undrivable.(This abnormal ability is unknown TLAD, but it's in GTA IV and TBOGT ) A television is also available in each safehouse, and two safehouses offer additional equipment — a pool table at the optional northern Algonquin safehouse, and a laptop with internet capability at the eastern Algonquin safehouse. The northern Algonquin safehouse can also be used for internet acess on the main floor of the building.
Although some safehouses will not be available until their appearance in the story (and one may be skipped entirely), their parking spaces are still usable to the player. For example, players may park vehicles at the Bohan safehouse at any time from the beginning of the game, despite the safehouse itself only being accessible later in the game. Note also that once Roman's apartment in Broker is no longer able to be used, its parking spaces will remain functional.
|Roman's Apartment||Mohawk Ave, Hove Beach, Broker||Completing The Cousins Bellic; Unavailable after Roman's Sorrow, however the parking space can still be used.|
|South Bohan Apartment||Joliet Street, South Bohan, Bohan||Completing Roman's Sorrow. Given to Niko and Roman by Mallorie Bardas' family. Used by Niko and Roman after the Broker Safehouse is burned down.|
Completing Hostile Negotiation and waiting for Roman's phone call. Used by Niko and Roman when Roman wins enough money to buy it. It's better when you place bikes on the parking area, because of the traffic.
|Playboy X's Penthouse||Xenotime St, North Holland, Algonquin||
Killing Playboy X and sparing Dwayne in The Holland Play. Dwayne gives the apartment to Niko as thanks for killing Playboy. Can still be accessed and interacted with if you don't kill Playboy, but you can't save, change your wardrobe, or watch TV. The parking space can still be used no matter what.
|Alderney Safehouse||Mahesh Ave, Alderney City, Alderney||
Completing Ray Boccino's first mission A Long Way to Fall and Derrick McReary's first mission Smackdown. You'll then recieve a text message from Ray to "Keep an eye out for you". It is recommended not to park very special cars here as civilian traffic will constantly slam into them, pushing them out of the space and causing them to disappear.