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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 Hunters: a couple looking to buy
Dream: $1 million
Reality: Ditmas Park
Reality: 7BR house
This weekend's Hunters are a Lisbeth Kaiser and Alex Rappaport, a couple living in Park Slope, who were looking to upgrade after—surprise, surprise—having a baby. They began looking for larger houses out in Long Island and New Jersey for around $1 million, but they came up empty. Eventually, Ms. Kaiser's sister Cecily and her husband also had a baby, and they came up with a wacky, harebrained scheme to move into a large house together and raise their children communally like a kibbutz or something. They found a lovely, seven-bedroom house in Ditmas Park asking $5,500/month, and with the rental income from their apartments in Park Slope, they're now breaking even. [The Hunt/A Brooklyn Rental for Sisters and Their Families; photo via nrvlowdown/Curbed Photo Pool]