Having trouble finding the person you’ll spend the rest of your life with? Maybe consider dropping a few hundred thousand on a tiny apartment in New York City in order to find "the one."
At least, that’s how Lindsay Bennett, a stay-at-home mom and a former buyer for Bergdorf Goodman, found her husband—though not intentionally.
Let us explain. In 2010, Bennett was on the brink of turning the big 3-oh. After spending her 20s looking for Mr. Right with no luck, she decided to take a break from husband-hunting and just enjoy being on her own. For someone who’d always lived with female roommates, that meant purchasing her first home and living solo.
Bennett found a studio apartment for sale on the Upper East Side. The price was right and no work needed to be done, she tells Brides, but what really piqued her interest was what the seller’s broker told her about the history of the place. It seemed the apartment was akin to the famed “engagement chicken”—the infamous Glamour magazine recipe that reportedly has the power to get a man to propose soon after eating it. According to the broker, the two previous owners were also single women; in both cases, the women, while living there, met men who’d become their boyfriends, moved in together, and eventually got engaged.
“I was with my mom [when the broker shared this],” Bennett says, “and she was like, ‘If you can guarantee it, we’ll take it.’ ”
Eventually, Bennett did meet her future husband—a friend set them up on a blind date—while living in this apartment. Brian and his two dogs moved into the 525-square-foot co-op, and six months later, he proposed. They married August 16, 2014.
After subletting the place for a few years, Bennett sold the apartment three months ago; the buyer was another single woman. Boris Sharapan Fabrikant, the real estate broker with Triplemint who listed the apartment, says he’s never seen anything like this.
“It's honestly a really rare coincidence,” he tells Brides. In true real estate broker form, he ticks off a few possible explanations for why this apartment is such a hot commodity—outside of its availability to bring about happily-ever-afters. “For one, it is a co-op so it's not something an investor can buy and rent out to a tenant. It only works for someone buying it as a primary residence. It's also in area that has great value with reasonable prices and close to the new Q train.”
Bennett, however, says the place simply has good energy. As she reflects on her and her husband’s time in that apartment, she marvels at the fact that they were able to survive together in such a small space.
“We always say if we can make it in a studio with the two of us and two dogs, we can pretty much handle anything,” she says. “We’re in a much bigger place right now, but we know down the line if things didn’t work out and we had to downsize—if he and I needed to live in a box with our family, we’d be OK.”