Through a list on StreetEasy, they linked with Phillip Salem, a licensed agent at Triplemint.
“There was something so incredibly comforting in his voice,” Ms. Tatochenko mentioned. “You can imagine how stressed I was.”
The couple hoped to seek out three bedrooms — for them, the boys and the nanny — for lower than $2 million. They needed pure gentle, ample storage and house for “a table to do homework and chill out as a family,” Ms. Tatochenko mentioned. And they wanted a dog-friendly constructing for Lili, whom they adopted whereas residing in Japan.
But “a three-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side for under $2 million is like a needle in a haystack,” Mr. Salem mentioned. Many flats they noticed have been mixtures of what had been one-bedrooms and studios in white-brick buildings relationship to the early 1960s.
In new buildings, costs have been excessive and sq. footage low. “They think 1,200 is a good square footage for a three-bedroom, and it drives me nuts,” Ms. Tatochenko mentioned. “You can’t fit into that with a proper family. I cannot stand clutter, and kids come with clutter, they do naturally.”
Size was an issue at the Rio, an amenity-rich condominium, circa 1987, in Lenox Hill, the place a three-bedroom got here with 1,550 sq. ft. The couple beloved the pool and have been detached to the wraparound balcony. The worth was $1.83 million, with month-to-month fees of practically $three,800 — uncomfortably excessive for them. It later offered for $1.685 million.
In Yorkville, one compelling condominium was in a 1930 co-op constructing, with a T-shaped format ensuing from a mixture of two studios and a one-bedroom. The worth was nearly $1.6 million. But the upkeep, at greater than $four,300 a month, was out of attain. That condominium stays on the market.