Chris Maiurro and Kathryn Bringle lived in a one-bedroom in South Park Slope, Brooklyn, the neighborhood where they had met seven years ago.
Mr. Maiurro, an owner of Priority Fitness, a personal training studio in Park Slope, had a short walk to work. Ms. Bringle, a former dancer who is now an occupational therapist, had a job at a hospital in Westchester County. It took her nearly an hour just to drive through Brooklyn.
One day, the couple visited a friend who had moved to Jersey City. Charmed by the downtown, they realized it was the neighborhood they had been seeking all along.
They contacted Ava Chenya Thorin, a saleswoman at Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Hoboken. “They were looking for something distinctive and unique,” Ms. Thorin said. A budget of $500,000 “can buy you a very decent-size place in Jersey City.”
They went to see a third-floor walk-up listed for $440,000 in a small condominium building. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms and 950 square feet, it was just right.