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Upper West Side
253 West 73rd Street
2-bed, 2-bath, 1,000-square-foot condo. Ask: $799,000. Sell: $765,000. Charges and taxes: $896. Nine months on market.

The restaurateur who sold this apartment moved into a TriBeCa loft just a week or so before September 11. But "he's not regretful," said Corcoran's Lawrence Schier, who brokered the sale. "These things don't fluster him." Still, he's bound to miss his old place: It's in a converted Masonic temple built in 1925, and the apartment has granite baths and open city views. The buyer, an investment manager, had been renting in the building for ten years before Schier persuaded her to buy. And buying a restaurant owner's apartment brings one other bonus: a fabulous kitchen.
BRIANA LANG

Upper East Side
4 East 88th Street
2-bed, 2-bath, 1,800-square-foot co-op. Ask: $1.4 million. Sell: $1.390 million. Charges and taxes: $1,700. Two months on market.

It wasn't client foot-dragging that made MLBKaye International's Lorri Gorman nervous. It was fear of flying. "Good luck getting my fiancée here. She'll never come," one of the buyers, a New Yorker, told Gorman shortly after September 11. The broker even offered to go pick her up in Florida. No dice. The (temporarily) aviophobic half, a Floridian who doesn't much like trains either, wanted to send a videotaped presentation to the co-op board. "She flew up in the end," says Gorman. The low-floor co-op has a Viking stove and a wine refrigerator. The next challenge? Getting her to move in.
JOY ARMSTRONG

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