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Decoded: The Most 'Quaint' of Apartment Listings

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Welcome back to The Brokerbabble Glossary, where we take a word or a turn of phrase that seems to show up in an unreasonable number of listings and decipher its true meaning. If you have any ideas for us, send them to the tipline. Today's word: Quaint.

"Quaint," like all words that sort of mean "old," is used 90 percent of the time to describe cobblestone streets (see also: charming.) Nine percent of the time, it's used to describe the surrounding buildings (implying that the neighborhood has character, but also that your building will be the newest and best.) The other one percent is nonsense, like the quaint, prewar molding above. Just takes you back, doesn't it? You know, before the war?

Are trees quaint in and of themselves? The scary thing is that they might be.

No, no it's not.

This may well be the quaintest property in all of New York City.

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