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Trading the Upper West Side for Brooklyn

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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: A expecting couple taking that next step – moving in together.


Dream: $600,000 to $800,000

Reality: $900,000


Dream: Upper West Side

Reality: Carroll Gardens


Dream: Two-bedroom

Reality: One-bedroom


Jenny teaches (among other things) at Columbia and James works at the United Nations. With a child on the way, it was time to move in together. Jenny already owned on the Upper West Side and they aimed for a two-bedroom in the neighborhood. Not surprisingly, everything in their price range had either a view of a brick wall or you had to walk up and down a hill every day. They looked at the Upper East Side. No luck. Then they tried Brooklyn, where they found a one-bedroom in Carroll Gardens whose dining area they were able to turn into a second bedroom. They had to help pay when the boiler broke, but they love the place, which has a spacious kitchen and living room. [The Hunt/In Brooklyn, More Space for the Money]