If reading The Hunt stokes your deepest hopes that someday everything in life could work out, then you, too, are obsessed with the New York Times Sunday Real Estate section. Join us as we venture into the depths of this weekend's installment.Melissa Tabatabai and David Spevak met on craigslist when David needed a roommate for his two bedroom in Murray Hill. As you can probably tell, the roommate relationship eventually developed into a romantic one and the next thing you know they're looking for an apartment that can house their jittery dog as well as themselves. A few failed apartments on the east side led them to what they were looking for just a little further west.
-At that point, their priority was a backyard for Max. So they moved to a ground-floor one-bedroom on West 51st Street for the space out back. The rent was $2,250 a month. “It was an impulse apartment,” Mr. Spevak said. -They would move when their lease expired, the couple resolved. This time around, they would gladly forgo a yard. They preferred a place below 23rd Street.
-The building had to allow dogs, of course.
-The apartment needed to be Max-proof, too. That meant it should be in a low-traffic part of the building, far from stairs or elevators, to give him fewer occasions for barking.
Their price for a one-bedroom topped out at $2,500. Ms. Aalai warned them, “The farther downtown you go, the tighter the market gets.”
The first possibility, for $2,600, arose in a nice elevator building on East 20th Street near the police academy. “I felt really safe,” Ms. Tabatabai said.
-The couple put in an application and asked that a temporary wall, which reduced the light and truncated the living room, be removed. They heard later that the apartment had been given to two roommates who wanted the wall and the second bedroom that it created.
-A place on East 21st Street, renting for $2,400, was well kept. But Mr. Spevak was ambivalent about the loft bedroom, which to him seemed dormlike.
-An apartment on West 21st Street was the nicest of all, with high ceilings, an open layout, a big kitchen, and even a counter with two stools. “You could eat there,” Mr. Spevak said, “and you normally have to eat at your coffee table.” French doors could be shut against hallway noise. The rent was $2,450 a month.
-Another application was pending. The couple asked the departing tenant, who was breaking her lease, how to get in touch with the landlord. They called, offered more money, and were able to rent the apartment for $2,550.