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Maine Man Seeks Manhattan Pied-à-Terre for Wife

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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 Hunters: a man looking to rent
Dream: $5,000/month
Reality: $5,050/month
Dream: Manhattan
Reality: West Chelsea/Midtown
Dream: 1BR
Reality: Corner 1BR, views
This weekend's Hunters is an older man from Maine, looking to rent a pied-à-terre as a surprise for his wife's birthday. With a budget of $5,000/month, he set out to find a one-bedroom somewhere in Manhattan, after realizing that $1 million wouldn't buy much. Eventually, he came across a corner one-bedroom apartment on a high floor of the High Line adjacent Abington House, which was the perfect match. The rent was $5,050/month, and Mr. Moyer arranged a nauseatingly adorable scavenger hunt that sent his wife to the building, where he handed over the keys. [The Hunt/A Token of Affection With a Manhattan View; photo via Will Fermia]