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Startup People in Stuy Square Disrupt Roommate Paradigm

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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 young woman looking to rent with roommates
Dream: $2,000/month per person
Reality: $12,500/month ($2,000-$3,200/month per person)
Dream: "Downtown"
Reality: Stuyvesant Square
Dream: 3BR, spacious
Reality: 4BR, spacious
This week's Hunter is a 28-year-old woman looking to rent downtown, with the goal of hooking up with some roommates and building a "part residential collective, part salon," where she could find people "who also were interested in meeting others, hosting gatherings and sharing ideas." If all that sounds annoyingly like something out of Silicon Valley, that's because every single person in this story is a tech entrepreneur. Anyway, she planned to find a place where each roommate would pay $2,000/month, eventually coming to a four-bedroom duplex rowhouse near Stuyvesant Square. She and her roommates/thought-partners signed a lease, paying $12,500/month plus a $20,000 broker's fee. Each person is paying $2,300 to $3,200, and they call their apartment "Gramercy House," where they host breakfasts, dinners, and "meet-ups for tech entrepreneurs talking shop." [The Hunt/Wanted: Manhattan Roommates and Space to Entertain; photo via Joel Raskin/Curbed Photo Pool]