Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of the New York Times real estate section...
1) Rich people. What are they spending millions of dollars on? What are they complaining about? This is What's Up With Rich People?
This week, just like all the other weeks, people are complaining about how hard it is to sell The Marble House. Usually it's broker Fredrik Eklund doing the complaining, but now it's Stuart Parr, the
owner former equity partner in the company that previously owned the building who was trying to flip the apartment before he was contractually obl—let's just say owner—who has a bone to pick with Eklund himself and with "Million Dollar Listing New York," the reality show in which Ekund stars. Parr blames Marble House not selling on Eklund's need to work within the confines of the show's timeframe, although maybe he should be looking at the fact that he was asking $20 million. [Big Deal/'The Real and the Unreal on Reality TV']
2) Every "The Hunt" column begins with the hunters describing the apartment they want, and ends with them rationalizing whatever they came away with. This is The Hunt: Dreams vs. Reality
The Hunters: A married couple with a 14-year-old daughter downsizes from their 3BR/2BA Greenwich Village co-op
Dream: Up to $600,000
Dream: Two baths, elevator
Reality: Two baths, elevator
Another highly successful Hunt that calls into the question the premise of the whole Dreams vs. Reality bit. The only real concession these hunters had to make was the neighborhood, but it didn't seem like they cared all that much about it in the first place as long as they got to stay in Manhattan. [The Hunt/'The Concept: Downsize in Every Way']