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High School Teacher Seeks 2BR in Riverdale

Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of The New York Times real estate section...

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 high school teacher and her son looking to buy
Dream: $270,000
Reality: $215,000
Dream: Riverdale
Reality: Spuyten Duyvil
Dream: 2BR, 1.5BA, outdoor space, indoor parking
Reality: 2BR, 1.5BA, balcony, indoor parking, pool
This weekend's Hunter is a high school math teacher from Ossining, who works in The Bronx. She was looking to upgrade apartments, and with a budget of $270,000, she set her sights on Riverdale. Specifically, she was hoping for a two-bedroom with one-and-a-half baths, in a co-op building with indoor parking and outdoor space. That sounds like a tall order, but she easily found what she was looking for in nearby Spuyten Duyvil, after seeing numerous similar apartments in Riverdale. Her new place has two bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths, a balcony, a garage, and even a pool. It wasn't in the best shape, but after paying just $215,000, a month spent renovating was pretty manageable. [The Hunt/A Fixer-Upper in Riverdale; photo by