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Couple Breaks Budget For Park Slope Paradise

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Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of The New York Times real estate section...

The Hunt: 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: Another couple who have decided to move in together.
Dream: Mid-$3,000s a month
Reality: $4,200 a month
Dream: Park Slope or Prospect Heights
Reality: Park Slope
Dream: Two-bedroom
Reality: Two-bedroom

Nate is a video editor originally from Maine and Julia is a lawyer originally from Manhattan. About two years after meeting, they decided to move in together. Since he works from home a lot, they wanted a two-bedroom and set their budget at the mid-$3,000s, wanted a place in Park Slope or Prospect Heights. They checked out some places that were either too dark, a sublet, or would likely involve interactions with therapy patients. Having upped their budget to $3,800, they pressed on and added an agent to their search. He showed them a place they really couldn't afford - a two-bedroom in a Park Slope rowhouse for $4,500. It even had a second bathroom and a washer/dryer hookup. They loved it and made an offer that was rejected. But just as they were about to sign a similar, yet less nice place, they got an offer from the one they loved for $4,200 a month. They know they broke their budget, but they love the place, especially when it comes to having guests over. Everyone gets a seat. [The Hunt/The Brooklyn Apartment That Almost Got Away]