Storage space was important, too. The two, both 28, have plenty of sports equipment, including surfboards, skateboards, snowboards, camping gear and bicycles. Mr. Burke is a public school physical education teacher who also works as a lifeguard in summer and coaches lacrosse.
More than two years ago, Ms. Thorner emailed David Kazemi, a real estate salesman at Bond New York, about a small one-bedroom he had listed for $625,000. Their budget, she told him, was $500,000.
Nothing came of that, but half a year later, she emailed again, and the couple began hunting seriously with Mr. Kazemi, who specializes in Greenpoint.
The couple, who married last summer, sometimes found themselves disagreeing. Mr. Burke hated lofts, spiral staircases and basement bedrooms.
Ms. Thorner was willing to settle. “When you are in such a tough market, you start to rationalize things that are pretty crazy,” she said.
Their budget rose, hitting the low $800,000s. Early on, they saw a large one-bedroom in a 15-unit condo building on Huron Street. For $740,000, it had a small balcony, a common roof deck and a deeded parking spot. Monthly charges were around $300. Mr. Kazemi encouraged them to buy it. “The parking spot is rare,” he said. “It is a real asset.”
But the timing was off. “I think we were too early in our search,” Ms. Thorner said. “We didn’t quite get how valuable the parking spot was.” The apartment later sold for $735,000.