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Couple Returns to New York, Seeks Three-Bedroom

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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 Hunter: a couple looks to rent a three-bedroom
Price
Dream: $4,500/month
Reality: $4,535/month
Neighborhood
Dream: N/A
Reality: Upper East Side
Amenities
Dream: 3BR, large living room, child-friendly neighborhood
Reality: 3BR
Summary
This week's Hunters are a couple who met as ROTC cadets and worked all over the world while in the Air Force, before eventually deciding to settle in New York. Because this is The Hunt, they obviously just had kids, so they began looking for a large three-bedroom in a kid-friendly neighborhood with good schools. Their budget topped out at around $4,500/month. Eventually, they were able to find a three-bedroom on the Upper East Side that satisfied those requirements. ["The Hunt/"Back to New York, With Toddlers in Tow"; photo via Matt Logan/Curbed Photo Pool]