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2) 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 couple looking to buy
Dream: Upper East Side
Reality: Upper West Side
Dream: 1BR, spacious, good kitchen
Reality: 1BR, spacious, prewar
This week's Hunters are a pair of flight attendants (look for airplane puns) looking to buy a one-bedroom. They didn't have many requirements, beyond space and a nice kitchen, and with a budget of $700,000, they began looking on the Upper East Side. Despite their offer being accepted at a co-op in the East 70s, the board turned them down, forcing them to adjust their expectations and start looking on the Upper West Side. Eventually, they found a nice, big one-bedroom in a prewar co-op in the West 90s with an asking price of $649,000. This time, they were accepted, paying ask. [The Hunt/A Landing Place on the Upper West Side; photo via Several seconds/Curbed Photo Pool]