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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: Upper West Side
Reality: Upper West Side
Dream: 1BR co-op, large kitchen, separate BR
Reality: 1BR condo, doorman, roofdeck
This weekend's Hunter is a young actress from Australia looking to buy on the Upper West Side. She had a budget of $600,000 and wanted a one-bedroom co-op with a large kitchen, but after looking at a hundred places, she realized she needed to expand her budget and scope. She began looking for condos and eventually found a one-bedroom being sold by an estate in the West 70s. The place was very lived-in and had "layers of dust and age," but the building had a doorman and a nice roofdeck. Ms. Fishman moved in after paying $790,000 and renovated the whole place. [The Hunt/Permanence on the Upper West Side; photo via several seconds/Curbed Photo Pool]