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Decoded: The Most 'Bucolic' 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: Bucolic.

There are currently 31 active listings on Streeteasy described as 'bucolic,' which seems like a lot for a word that basically means "not in a city." An actual definition might be in order for this one:

As in the above picture, 'bucolic,' to brokers, means "at least one living thing in the immediate vicinity," which makes a certain amount of sense. In the same way that a lake or a river might seem impossibly large to someone who has never seen the ocean, Third Street might seem bucolic to someone who has spent his/her entire life showing NYC apartments.

This patio is so bucolic that it's almost, very nearly, not made entirely of stone. It just seems like you would have a difficult time herding a flock of sheep on it, that's all.

Wait a second. Which West Village are we talking about here? The West Village in Scotland, right? Okay, good, because for a second it seemed like we were talking about the bucolic West Village IN MANHATTAN, THE LEAST BUCOLIC PLACE IN THE HISTORY OF HUMAN EXISTENCE. Sorry. Everybody take deep breaths and picture blue skies and rolling hills.

Ugh, please don't.
?Jeremiah Budin
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