Alison and Adam Sadel met found in 2011 at the Equinox health and fitness center found in Grand Central Terminal, where she worked and he was a member. They later moved in together, living with two roommates in a rental building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Nearly four years back, Equinox transferred Ms. Sadel, then Alison Hornstein, to Toronto, as the company was expanding in Canada. She rented a one-bedroom in a fresh condo tower downtown, with a den, balcony, washer-dryer and two bathrooms. Mr. Sadel in the near future followed, finding employment in property supervision there.
Last winter, however, they made the decision it was time to come back to New York. Mr. Sadel, now 32, took employment in Manhattan as an agent for Park River Properties, which specializes in property conversions. The couple knew that Ms. Sadel, a merchant account executive at Equinox, can transfer back to New York, though it was unclear exactly where she’d be based. Hence Mr. Sadel lived along with his parents in northern NJ while he looked for a one-room and she covered up factors in Canada.
“It turned out my job in Toronto to choose a flat,” said Ms. Sadel, 29. “Adam moved around the corner unseen. Now it was my change to trust him.” Besides, she had other activities to take into account: At the time, they were involved and she was active planning their marriage ceremony at the Brooklyn Botanic Backyard.
The Sadels wished to live in a relatively new building close to their jobs in Manhattan, and hoped to invest about $3,500 per month for a one-room. Mr. Sadel’s priority was a sizable closet; Ms. Sadel’s was an open kitchen. Two bathrooms, they assumed, will be nice, too.
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“After you have two bathrooms, it’s hard to go back to 1,” Mr. Sadel stated, though he assumed it was inevitable. “We were looking for something such as what we’d in Toronto without sacrificing too much.”
Mr. Sadel began looking in Brooklyn Heights, where they had friends. But apartments appeared small for the price, and several of the buildings were previous. He knew they would find more space in Williamsburg, along with plenty of buildings built in the last decade roughly, as a nearby had changed considerably in the few years they had been gone.