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?
Rich people like buying square feet in bulk. Earlier this week, the entire fifteenth-floor (a single, 5,027-square-foot loft) of the luxury Tribeca condo 90 Franklin Street sold for $13.5 million. Also, The Times referred to Mariah Carey—a resident of the building—as a "pop chanteuse." ["A Floor Full of Light, Sold for $13.5 Million"; photo via Demsker Realty]
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 Hunter: an actress looking to buy in a relatively quiet area
Dream: up to $800,000
Reality: Eighth Avenue in the West 120s
Dream: space, convenient subway access, "not hotel-like"
Reality: 2/3BR, convenient subway access, newish building,
This week's Hunter is a small-town Arkansas girl with big-city Broadway dreams! The singer/actress was looking for a spacious apartment in a quiet area, since she used to live by the Lincoln Tunnel and was forced to sleep with two—count 'em two—white noise machines. She was mostly successful, finding a two-bedroom condo, with a dining room that could easily be converted into another bedroom, in comparatively less noisy Harlem. Good job! Now get those headshots out there, kid! [The Hunt/"In Harlem, Looking for Something Not Hotel-Like"]