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Fri Jun 3, 2016, 11:55 AM

 

[WSJ] Ultimate Staycation? A Second Home in the Same City

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-ultimate-staycation-a-second-home-in-the-same-city-1464875847



On Friday evenings, Eric Straus and his wife Varinda Missett pack their things, grab their dog and leave their Midtown Manhattan apartment for their weekend home—50 blocks downtown.

Last summer, Mr. Straus and Ms. Missett paid $1.988 million for a two-bedroom apartment in the Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca, which they use as their weekend getaway. “What I love is that unlike the Hamptons, it’s a quick subway ride down there, and it totally feels like you’re on vacation,” Mr. Straus, 56, said. In comparison to the hustle and bustle of Midtown, their cobblestoned Tribeca street is “quiet—it feels like a country home.”

Some home buyers are buying vacation homes in the same city or metropolitan area as their primary residence. They say the key to relaxation is a change of scenery, even if it’s just a few miles from where they normally live

Having a second home nearby comes in handy for overflow house guests, or when a dinner downtown goes late.


I thought the whole point of getting away is to get away!

"dinner downtown goes late" -> 50 blocks is about a 10 minutes ride (say around 80s to 30s).

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