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In Which Kids See Your Apartment as a Playground in Cobble Hill

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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.

This week's hunt had all the makings of a happy life...with something going horribly wrong. Young, happy couple? Check. Good jobs? Check. Presumably adorable apartment in Cobble Hlll? Sure! It's all good on paper, but these two were put to a test the likes of which we wouldn't wish on anyone. Yep, they had loud neighbors all around them. And we're talking kids who use their door as a soccer goal kind of situation over here. Obviously, they wanted to move as soon as possible. How did their hunt go? Follow our map here, but get ready for a bumpy, obnoxious ride.

-The building was the stamping ground of a group of unsupervised children, shouting, running, banging. “The hallway was their playroom,” Mr. Sheehan said. “Our door was used as a soccer goal.” -The acoustics of the tiled lobby amplified the noise.

-There was nothing to do but flee.

-In the spring, Ms. Scala contacted a friend, Megan La Flamme, an agent at Miron Properties. Both Mr. Sheehan and Ms. Scala, who met at a bar in Williamsburg three years ago, had moved often, so “we were looking for a place to live in for more than a year,” Mr. Sheehan said.

-Their top price, $2,200 a month, was “realistic but on the conservative side,” Ms. La Flamme said.

-For $1,900, a ground-floor apartment in a two-family house on Degraw Street in Carroll Gardens had a backyard. But Ms. Scala saw no need for a yard, which would be useful only in warm weather.

-On Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, a lovely and well-located one-bedroom cost $2,345. Its elevator building included a roof deck and a gym. But both knew they would rarely use the amenities. And the rent was simply too high.

-They were hopeful about a one-bedroom apartment in a three-unit owner-occupied brownstone on President Street in Carroll Gardens. The departing tenants, a couple with two cats and a young son, had outgrown the space, which included a small extra room. The rent was $2,100 — and the apartment was on the top floor.

-The couple, who paid a fee of 15 percent of a year’s rent, or $3,780, arrived in the summer.

· What? Can't Hear You! Let's Move! [NYT]