They Needed a Kid-Friendly Apartment in Williamsburg

They Needed a Kid-Friendly Apartment in Williamsburg

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Excerpt from The New York Times. Article by Joyce Cohen for The New York Times. Photo by Katherine Marks for The New York Times.

Mukul Micky Lalchandani says “I had the pleasure of meeting Taavo and Meredith through a client referral. It took a few rounds of offers, but ultimately we were able to outbid and outmaneuver the competition and get them into their first dream home.”

Meredith Glidden and Taavo Smith decided last winter that it was time to resurrect a plan to buy an apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, after years of renting there. With a 5-year-old in tow, they were looking for a small and relatively new condominium building with quick access to one of the neighborhood’s parks for their daughter.

“We changed as Williamsburg changed,” Mr. Smith said. “All the cool people left and were replaced by families, and that sort of happened to us, too.”

The couple had met about a decade earlier as actors in Chicago before relocating to Williamsburg when Ms. Glidden started graduate school at New York University. Ms. Glidden is now a psychotherapist, and Mr. Smith works at a software consultancy.

Their first attempt to get into the market was about six years ago. They set a budget in the low $500,000s, but found nothing suitable they could afford. They put that plan on hold when Ms. Glidden became pregnant and was overwhelmed with too many changes at once. At the time, they were renting a two-bedroom in a modern building, paying a little more than $4,000 a month.

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