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From the Upper East Side to Connecticut to Vermont to South Harlem

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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 Hunters: A pair who used to live Yorkville, but were trying to get back into the city from Vermont.

Price

Dream: $4,000 a month

Reality: $4,000 a month

Neighborhood

Dream: Subway convenient to the Financial District

Reality: South Harlem

Amenities

Dream: Two-bedroom

Reality: Three-bedroom

Summary

Tom and Jim met decades ago when they worked for the same company, but different offices. They settled into a one-bedroom in Yorkville, but wanted something more. Unable to afford the city, they moved to Connecticut. Then the commute became too much. They started looking for somewhere in the city, but by some quirk of the universe, ended up buying a place in Vermont instead. At first, it was for weekends, but they eventually moved up there. Then they sold it to start a restaurant and lived in a home attached to their new business. They sold it, Tom got a new job, and they started looking for a two-bedroom with a doable commute to the Financial District. After looking at a bunch of places, they found a three-bedroom ground-floor duplex in South Harlem. They love it and so does their dog, Hubble. [The Hunt/Reinventing Themselves, and Home, in Harlem]