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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 buy in Brooklyn
Dream: Carroll Gardens
Reality: Sunset Park
Dream: 2BR, brownstone
Reality: 2BR, Finnish co-op
This weekend's Hunters are a couple who—obviously—have a newborn baby. They began their search for a two-bedroom in a multifamily brownstone in Carroll Gardens, before expanding the search to Sunset Park, where they focused almost exclusively on the neighborhood's famed Finnish co-ops. Eventually, they found a suitable two-bedroom on the top floor walk-up, paying $350,000. They also threw down another $20,000 for rewiring costs. [The Hunt/"An End to Evenings on Tiptoe"]