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 couple looking to rent in New Jersey
Dream: 1BR, washer-dryer, parking, dog-friendly
Reality: 1BR, washer-dryer, parking, dog-friendly, pool
This weekend's Hunters are a woman from Jersey and a man from Manhattan who decided to move in together. Due to the requirements of their respective jobs, they decided to look for an apartment to rent in Hoboken, hoping for a dog-friendly one-bedroom with a parking spot and a washer-dryer. After jumping around Hoboken and Jersey City, they eventually decided to check out Estuary—a newly built condo complex just off the Lincoln Tunnel and overlooking the Hudson River. The building has a pool, an outdoor "barbecue lounge," a dog run, and a golf simulator, plus everything else they wanted. They decided to rent a one-bedroom for $2,310/month. [The Hunt/"Meeting in the Middle, More or Less"]