Discussion of real estate among the playdate set is because they're New Yorkers, hello. Anxiety about real estate, however, is attributed primarily to the parents:
Julie Friedman, a senior associate broker at Bellmarc, described clients who are the parents of three private-school children. They occupy “the very inner circle of the social life on the Upper West Side and live in a beautiful prewar condo that’s probably worth about $3 million,” Ms. Friedman said. But the couple, professionals whose apartment lacks a separate dining room, stopped arranging play dates several years ago after holding a birthday party for one of their children in their apartment.Well duh, do you know what'd happen to your kid if his friends found out he lived in the East 30's?
“The kids must have been 7,” Ms. Friedman said. “One of the children said, ‘Why are you eating in the living room?’ So from that day on, rather than put their children in a position where perhaps they were being judged, there were no play dates at their home. Now she is looking for a splendid apartment on Central Park West so that her children will be comfortable entertaining.” [emphasis added]
Ms. Friedman, who owns a brownstone in the East 30’s and has two children in an Upper East Side private school (she didn’t want to name it publicly)...