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Divorced Grandparents Seek a UES One-Bedroom to Share

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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: Two divorced grandparents looking to be help care for their granddaughter
Dream: $2,500 to $3,500 a month
Reality: $3,500 a month
Dream: Upper East Side
Reality: Upper East Side
Dream: A one-bedroom with an elevator
Reality: A one-bedroom with an elevator

This week's Hunters are grandparents (and retired doctors) from Minneapolis whose pregnant daughter lives on the Upper East Side, in the far East 70s. Divorced for a decade, the grandfather proposed that he and his ex-wife join forces to find a one-bedroom apartment near their daughter. That would allow them to, separately, help her care for their grandchild in the first year of her life. They considered Citylights in Long Island City, but were convinced that the subway ride would become annoying. Then, they moved on to a $3,200/month unit in a modest building, but wanted to find something nicer. After seeing units at the Barclay and the Andover—where it was too early to get a unit—the couple looked at a building on far East 72nd Street with small, pricey units. But considering how long the search took, by the time they were ready to move, a unit had opened up at the Andover (on 88th and York, north of their daughter's home), and they moved in. Their granddaughter, Tessa, was born three months ago, and so far the arrangement is working out nicely.

· The Upper East Side: Convenient to Grandchild [NYT]
· It Happened One Weekend archives [Curbed]