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Decoded: The Various 'Epitomes' of New York City Real Estate

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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: Epitome.

Using the word "epitome" can often seem like a better idea than it actually is. Just ask Shia Labeouf. In most cases, though, it's fairly hard to disprove. If you're going to claim that an apartment is the "epitome of luxury" or the "epitome of class," sure, you're probably lying, but as long as the apartment is reasonably luxurious and classy nobody is really going to have a huge problem with it. Still, you'd think that the "epitome of privacy" would have fewer windows in the bathroom, right?

This is not good news for either elegance or grace.

The epitome of urban sophistication: a hotel suite with wall-to-wall carpeting and a saxophone. What else could it have been?

We're not even going to try to unpack what this actually means, but what the broker was probably trying to say was: "The Stanhope is very nice building." There, fixed it.
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