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 recent graduate looking to buy
Dream: Washington Heights
Reality: Washington Heights
Dream: 1BR, well-maintained building
Reality: 1BR, closet space, renovated, sponsor unit
This week's Hunter is a Texan (the The Times does not let us forget this important fact) curator who was renting in Washington Heights and decided to buy up there. His requirements were basically non-existent, but he did want a building that was "nicely kept." So with that in mind and a budget of $300,000, he set off on a quest for a one-bedroom. Eventually, he found a very nice, newly renovated sponsor unit in a prewar building in Bennett Heights. It has a ton of closet space, hardwood floors, and cost $269,500, for which our rootin' tootin' Texan paid ask. He moved in last summer. [The Hunt/A Texan Makes His Way Uptown]