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Doctors Say Goodbye to NYC, Move Out to the Suburbs

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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 family moving out to the 'burbs
Price
Dream: $1 million
Reality: $1.1 million
Neighborhood
Dream: "Westchester"
Reality: Manhasset, Long Island
Amenities
Dream: Move-in condition, large backyard, finished basement
Reality: 4BR, large backyard, finished basement
Summary
The Hunters this weekend are (another!) family of doctors, this time leaving the oppressive claustrophobia of the Upper East Side for the fresher climes of the suburbs. Originally looking for a place in Westchester to make for a relatively painless commute to their jobs at Mt. Sinai, the family couldn't really find anything that met their expectations for $1 million. They then shifted focus to Long Island, settling on a mid-century Cape-style house in Manhasset. The house is close to the beach, with a big yard, and four bedrooms, and the family paid $1.1 million. The commute, however, is dreadful. [The Hunt/"Wanted: Elbow Room and Fresh Air"; photo by Young Sok Yun 윤영석/Curbed Photo Pool]