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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 mother and son looking to buy
Dream: Upper Manhattan
Reality: Washington Heights
Dream: 2BR, dog-friendly
Reality: 2BR, dog-friendly
This weekend's Hunters are a mother and her 11-year-old child actor of a son looking to move out of Greenwich Village, following a rent hike. They looked north, hoping to buy a dog-friendly two-bedroom and focusing on Washington Heights and the Audubon Park Historic District. After looking at several condos pushing $600,000, they eventually found a nice sized two-bed on Riverside Drive in the West 150s, asking $479,000. Not wanting to be outbid, they offered $484,000 and moved in over the summer. [The Hunt/"Upper Manhattan Nest for a Mother and Son"; photo via Joel Raskin/Curbed Photo Pool]