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Life Swap: What If You Left New York?

The achievable fantasy.


With its hardwood floors, brick wall, and fireplace, this studio walk-up on Cornelia Street more than meets the needs of a young person following the New York dream. But that life doesn’t last forever, and the apartment’s “open views” of the nearby low-rises can’t compete with the vista—yes, an honest-to-God vista—from this Tuscan condo. Set atop a hill, it’s surrounded by vineyards as far as the eye can see. It’s brand-new construction, so it won’t quite fulfill the sixteenth-century Under the Tuscan Sun image in your head, but that also means it doesn’t come with ancient plumbing. People, this is real—a life change that, financially at least, even a middle-class New Yorker can pull off.

24 CORNELIA STREET
The Facts: One-bath, approximately 400-square-foot studio co-op.
Asking Price: $399,000.
Maintenance: $593.98 per month.
Agent: Anna Moy, Halstead Property.

CASTELNUOVO BERARDENGA, ITALY
The Facts: One-bedroom, one-bath, 650-square-foot condo in a “mini-village.”
Asking Price: $389,123.
Agent: Leonard Steinberg, Prudential Douglas Elliman.


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