Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of The New York Times real estate section...
1) The Hunt: 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 friends from Boston University who want to make a go of it in the big city.
Dream: $2,500 a month
Reality: $2,695 a month
Dream: East Village
Reality: Upper East Side
Dream: A two-bedroom apartment
Reality: A two-bedroom apartment
This week's Hunters, Adaline and Sara, became good friends studying at Boston University—so good that they wanted to stay together as they went about creating adult lives for themselves in New York City. Somewhat naively, they thought they'd find a fitting two-bedroom in the East Village for $2,500 a month. "That's where it's happening," Sara told the Times. (When you're 23 and new to the city, sure.) They took trips to the city over several months and realized they couldn't find anything in their price range or in a "livable" size. Plus, their planning was out of whack: Adaline wanted to find a pad first and a job second while Sara wanted the opposite. So they scrapped the idea of living together, and Adaline eventually moved into an Upper East Side walk-up for $2,695 a month with another friend. Sara got a job and began her apartment hunt anew, but was again discouraged by the prices and sized. But by then, Adaline's roommate had had it with New York, and the roommates were reunited again. She even got to bring her dog Nemo. The only problem is the noise from outside. The humans are okay with it, but the pooch doesn't like it very much. [The Hunt/Roundabout Roommates on the Upper East Side]
2) Following the theme of friends and real estate, we have the story of three best friends and one of their significant others. Chris, Scott, and Reed have been pretty much inseparable since they met through mutual friend, and have traveled together—whether it was Miami, Aspen, New Orleans, or even Burning Man. So when they wanted to buy real estate—along with Scott's girlfriend—they looked for apartments together. Fortunately, three units in the same Soho building opened up at about the same time. Reed and Chris live next door to each other while Scott lives directly above Chris, with the two homes connected by a hidden staircase. Now that Scott and his girlfriend have a child, they're even looking to purchase another neighboring unit so they can have a recreation room. Is it cute? Codependent? You be the judge. [On Location/Three Friends, Three Apartments, One SoHo Building]