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Buying in Jackson Heights, Thanks to an Inheritance

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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 buy
Dream: $200,000
Reality: $175,000
Dream: Astoria
Reality: Jackson Heights
Dream: 1BR
Reality: 1BR, co-op
This weekend's Hunter is a recent college grad who inherited a bunch of money from her aunt, and wanted to buy an apartment. With a budget of $200,000, Ms. Diana Regal set out to buy a one-bedroom in Astoria, but quickly expanded the scope of her search to Woodside and, later, Jackson Heights. She found a nice one-bedroom in a co-op building for $175,000 and bought the place after a three-month long approval process. She and her boyfriend seem happy, because in Jackson Heights, "nothing is in English, and I kind of feel like I am on vacation," despite the shocking dearth of brunch options in the ethnically diverse neighborhood. Indeed, she is forced to trudge all the way to "Brooklyn" to get a blasted Bloody Mary with her eggs. [The Hunt/A Jackson Heights Apartment Courtesy of a Kind Aunt; photo via Chris Goldberg/Curbed Photo Pool]