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 family of four looking to find the proper amount of space.
Dream: $1.2 million
Reality: Downtown Brooklyn
Dream: Combining apartments
Ava was renting a fifth floor walk-up in Manhattan, but got tired of it and bought a one-bedroom co-op near Gramercy Park. She eventually met and married Alex, who moved in, temporarily renting his place until selling it. They had two kids and gave them their bedroom, making a bedroom for themselves in the living room. It was too small. They wanted to combine their unit with their neighbors’, but they never budged. They wanted to stay nearby, but available units were too low (too noisy) and with their budget, the Upper East and Upper West sides were out of the question, especially with a dog. A house in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn would have been too much to keep cool, even with a rental apartment in it. They looked in Flatbush, but there was no supermarket. They ended up in a two-bedroom at Concord Village in Downtown Brooklyn. They’ve done $45,000 in renovations, but it’s not as noisy as they feared and it’s less formal than their Gramercy pad. The doorman held their toddler’s hands to help him down the stairs. [The Hunt/When an Expansion Dream Fizzles, Brooklyn Calls]