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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 Hunter: A comedian and Brooklyn native looking for a starter apartment to own.
Dream: $200,000 to $450,000
Reality: Bay Ridge
Yannis Papis started life in Brooklyn, growing up in Park Slope, but moved away for college and then work. Eventually, he came back and moved in with his mom in his childhood home. But that wasn't acceptable. So, he sought to find a bachelor pad. "I don't need Williamsburg, but I don't want Westchester," he said. He looked at a co-op in Downtown Brooklyn, but was outbid. His real estate agent directed him to Bay Ridge, where he was again outbid. But they kept looking and he found a corner one-bedroom in a mid-rise, listed at $199,000. His offer of $204 was accepted. Closet space is minimal, so much that he almost dismissed the place, but he has a view of One World Trade Center from his bed a new favorite pizza place. It's far from Manhattan by subway. So, he's leased a car. Now he sees himself possibly raising a family in the neighborhood. [The Hunt/A Bachelor Pad for a Brooklyn Comedian]