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Renter Seeks Palatial 2BR in Connecticut

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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
Dream: $3,000/month
Reality: $3,010/month
Dream: Connecticut
Reality: Stamford, CT
Dream: 2BR (home office), spacious
Reality: 2BR/2BA (home office), spacious
This weekend's Hunt takes on a decidedly suburban flavor and occurs entirely in the wilds of New Jersey and Connecticut. Our Hunter is a 28-year-old salesperson looking to move out of Hoboken and into Greenwich, bypassing New York in favor of space, livability, and no broker's fees. She had a budget of $3,000/month and was looking in the Stamford area for a two-bedroom apartment, one of which would be used as a home office. She eventually found a huge two-bed, two-bath unit in downtown Stamford, right near the train station for $3,010/month. She moved into the building in the spring and now has a dog named "Daphne Blake," which is an annoyingly WASPy name for what appears to be a very cute puppy. [The Hunt/Finding 'Slight Suburbia' in Stamford, Conn.; photo via Doug Kerr/Flickr]