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First-Time Buyers Look to the Upper West Side

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Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of The New York Times real estate section...

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 young couple looking to buy in Midtown
Price
Dream: $750,000
Reality: $610,000
Neighborhood
Dream: Midtown West
Reality: Upper West Side
Amenities
Dream: 1BR, co-op, good subway access
Reality: 1BR, good subway access
Summary
Thrilling stuff this weekend. The Hunters are a young couple looking to buy their first apartment. They decided to focus on Midtown West, just south of Columbus Circle. They began venturing north and found themselves drawn to the Upper West Side and were impressed by how many "different personalities" they found in the neighborhood. Eventually, they discovered a renovated one-bedroom sponsor unit in the Nevada Towers on West 70th and bought the place for $610,000. [The Hunt/"Is the Floor Sloping or What?"; photo by Harris Graber/Curbed Photo Pool]