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21st May '16 5:57:57 PM erforce
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* Dana, leading lady of the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' movies, lives alone with baby Oscar in a spacious corner apartment in Manhattan overlooking Central Park. This would ''literally'' be one of the most expensive apartments in the US. As a cellist for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, she would make around 80 grand a year in the 1980's; the filmmakers could have easily given her a nice apartment in her price range, instead of putting her in a penthouse worth millions in the real world. On the other hand, being designed and constructed by a doomsday cult for the purposes of their EldritchAbomination summoning cannot be good for the value of a building, especially since the summoning worked.

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* Dana, leading lady of the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' movies, ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' and ''Film/GhostbustersII'', lives alone with baby Oscar in a spacious corner apartment in Manhattan overlooking Central Park. This would ''literally'' be one of the most expensive apartments in the US. As a cellist for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, she would make around 80 grand a year in the 1980's; the filmmakers could have easily given her a nice apartment in her price range, instead of putting her in a penthouse worth millions in the real world. On the other hand, being designed and constructed by a doomsday cult for the purposes of their EldritchAbomination summoning cannot be good for the value of a building, especially since the summoning worked.
8th May '16 6:24:52 PM MCanter89
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* Deconstructed by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic (with a guest appearance from [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall '90s Kid]]), in his ''Film/BioDome'' review, which he points out was one of numerous movies from the '90s featuring stupid young people with no steady jobs but had decent places to live.
** Subverted when [[RealityEnsues mid-explanation there's a knock on '90s Kid's door]].
-->''' '90s Kid''': Oh, that's probably my land lord with another eviction note... [Crashing sound] And a battering ram... [DramaticGunCock] And a sawed-off shotgun... Gotta go! ''*runs away as shots are fired in the background*''

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* Deconstructed by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic (with a guest appearance from [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall '90s Kid]]), Kid]]) in his ''Film/BioDome'' review, which he points out was one of numerous movies from the '90s featuring stupid young people with no steady jobs but had decent places to live.
** Subverted when when, mid-explanation, [[RealityEnsues mid-explanation there's a knock on '90s Kid's door]].
-->''' '90s Kid''': Oh, that's probably my land lord with another eviction note... note… [Crashing sound] And a battering ram... ram… [DramaticGunCock] And a sawed-off shotgun... shotgun… Gotta go! ''*runs away as shots are fired in the background*''



6th May '16 5:01:13 PM DGCatAniSiri
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** Though given Varric's underworld ties, it's not unlikely to believe that he smoothed things over to get her a place of her own. He does at one point mention that he pays off thugs in Lowtown to not give her trouble...
1st May '16 6:21:21 PM Bissek
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* Tony [=DiNozzo=] of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' lives in a very nice apartment for a guy living on a cop's salary. Late in season 13 [=McGee=] does some digging and learns that he paid well below market price for it, as well. It turned out that the apartment was once the site of a gruesome triple homicide, after which nobody wanted to live there anymore, so Tony was able to get the place cheap and then redecorated over the more persistent bloodstains.
23rd Apr '16 6:43:05 AM ecojosh1
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* In "Just the Ten of Us", the Lubbocks live in a house in Eureka, California that's big enough to comfortably house ten people. The parents are a Catholic school coach and a homemaker.
18th Apr '16 4:29:46 PM merotoker
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* The Hyoudou residence in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'' starts out reasonable, being a two-storey family home with both parents implied to work. It then starts to push it when Asia and then Rias moving in reveal it has at least two spare bedrooms. After the rest of Issei's BattleHarem moves in and Rias has the house renovated into a six-storey, three-basement estate, the only explanation for Issei's parents not having to pay outrageous property tax (not to mention violating zoning laws) is [[AWizardDidIt Rias' magic]].

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* The Hyoudou residence in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'' ''LightNovel/{{High School DxD}}'' starts out reasonable, being a two-storey family home with both parents implied to work. It then starts to push it when Asia and then Rias moving in reveal it has at least two spare bedrooms. After the rest of Issei's BattleHarem moves in and Rias has the house renovated into a six-storey, three-basement estate, the only explanation for Issei's parents not having to pay outrageous property tax (not to mention violating zoning laws) is [[AWizardDidIt Rias' magic]].



* ''Film/SleepingWithTheEnemy'': Laura is able to rent, fix up, and maintain a HUGE, beautiful home, despite only having a part-time job at a library before fleeing her abusive husband and initially not working at all when she does get away. And when she does finally start working, she's still in a job that doesn't pay much. Even for Iowa in the early 90's that's quite a stretch. As well as that she's able to afford plenty of luxuries like brand name products.
** The book is only slightly better--Sara/Laura paid a month's rent for one floor of a house in advance but then had to live on beans and apples for two weeks until her job (which came out of nowhere and paid very well, not to mention paid ''in advance'') started. The rent was supposed to be "cut" because Laura was willing to paint, but it couldn't have been cut ''that'' much; painting is a one-time expense. So the real question is why she fled her husband after months of planning without even enough money to pay for a month's expenses, knowing she'd have to be exceptionally lucky to land a job that doesn't require an identity.

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* ''Film/SleepingWithTheEnemy'': Laura is able to rent, fix up, and maintain a HUGE, beautiful home, despite only having a part-time job at a library before fleeing her abusive husband and initially not working at all when she does get away. And when she does finally start working, she's still in a job that doesn't pay much. Even for Iowa in the early 90's that's quite a stretch. As well as that she's able to afford plenty of luxuries like brand name products.
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products. The book is only slightly better--Sara/Laura paid a month's rent for one floor of a house in advance but then had to live on beans and apples for two weeks until her job (which came out of nowhere and paid very well, not to mention paid ''in advance'') started. The rent was supposed to be "cut" because Laura was willing to paint, but it couldn't have been cut ''that'' much; painting is a one-time expense. So the real question is why she fled her husband after months of planning without even enough money to pay for a month's expenses, knowing she'd have to be exceptionally lucky to land a job that doesn't require an identity.



* Creator/SethRogen's character in ''Film/KnockedUp'' owns a decent-sized house with a pool and lives there with his pot-smoking friends. He doesn't have a job, but claims he won a lawsuit some years ago and has been living on that money, which is now running out. It still doesn't explain how someone without steady income would get a loan to buy a house (although it's possible his lawsuit settlement was sufficient for him to pay cash). His next idea for an income in a website that shows which actresses can be seen naked in movies (down to minute and second). KatherineHeigl's character works for E! and lives in her sister's guesthouse. By the end, though, Seth Rogen's character decides to grow up. He gets a job in IT and an apartment.

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* Creator/SethRogen's character in ''Film/KnockedUp'' owns a decent-sized house with a pool and lives there with his pot-smoking friends. He doesn't have a job, but claims he won a lawsuit some years ago and has been living on that money, which is now running out. It still doesn't explain how someone without steady income would get a loan to buy a house (although it's possible his lawsuit settlement was sufficient for him to pay cash). His next idea for an income in is a website that shows which actresses can be seen naked in movies (down to minute and second). KatherineHeigl's character works for E! and lives in her sister's guesthouse. By the end, though, Seth Rogen's character decides to grow up. He gets a job in IT and an apartment.



* Lois Lane's Metropolis apartment in ''Film/{{Superman}}'' is awfully, awfully nice--with a balcony, no less! [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' Magazine's satire of the movie:
--> ''''' "Lotus Lain": ''''' "Who would believe a man can fly like you?!"
--> ''''' "Superduperman": ''''' "The same people who'd believe that $185-a-week reporter could live in a Taj Mahal apartment like this!"

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* Lois Lane's Metropolis apartment in ''Film/{{Superman}}'' is awfully, awfully nice--with a balcony, no less! [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' Magazine's satire of the movie:
--> ''''' ''' "Lotus Lain": ''''' ''' "Who would believe a man can fly like you?!"
--> ''''' ''' "Superduperman": ''''' ''' "The same people who'd believe that $185-a-week reporter could live in a Taj Mahal apartment like this!"



** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] for Dresden himself. He often has problems paying the rent for his crappy office, and it is eventually revealed that one of his enemies bought the property and [[EvilIsPetty has been jacking up the rent prices just for him]].

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** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] {{Inverted|Trope}} for Dresden himself. He often has problems paying the rent for his crappy office, and it is eventually revealed that one of his enemies bought the property and [[EvilIsPetty has been jacking up the rent prices just for him]].



* In ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', the family lives in a beautiful dwelling. But the father is only a weatherman on the local news. And he does a lousy job of predicting the weather. As for the mother, we never even see her working. What's more is that the pilot episode implies the house comes from Drake's side of the family - so Audrey must be doing very well for herself to own such a house while supporting two children.
** Audrey is divorced from her first husband so she may have won the house in a settlement, considering she appears to have full custody of the children.

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* In ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', the family lives in a beautiful dwelling. But the father is only a weatherman on the local news. And he does a lousy job of predicting the weather. As for the mother, we never even see her working. What's more is that the pilot episode implies the house comes from Drake's side of the family - so Audrey must be doing very well for herself to own such a house while supporting two children. \n** Audrey is divorced from her first husband so she may have won the house in a settlement, considering she appears to have full custody of the children.



* It would probably be easier to list the German TV shows where this ''isn't'' the case. Apparently, even struggling freelancers and single mothers can afford six-room-apartments in renovated old buildings. Changed only in recent years in that nowadays, they often live in ex-factory lofts instead (which tend to be even bigger). Yes, in former EastGermany rents are lower, but not that low.

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* It would probably be easier to list the German TV shows where this ''isn't'' the case. Apparently, even struggling freelancers and single mothers can afford six-room-apartments in renovated old buildings. Changed only in recent years in that nowadays, they often live in ex-factory lofts instead (which tend to be even bigger). Yes, in former EastGermany UsefulNotes/EastGermany rents are lower, but not that low.



* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'', averted and played straight. Castle, being a famous bestselling author of over 20 novels as well as being well-known in New York's elite and upper-class circles, can easily afford his spacious penthouse. On the other hand, Beckett's apartment would break the wallet of a police detective, [[spoiler: and this was before it got blown up. Her new place as of Season 4 is even more extravagant. But then, the show notes that she does come from a wealthy family...]]

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* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'', averted and played straight. Castle, being a famous bestselling author of over 20 novels as well as being well-known in New York's elite and upper-class circles, can easily afford his spacious penthouse. On the other hand, Beckett's apartment would break the wallet of a police detective, [[spoiler: and this was before it got blown up. Her new place as of Season 4 is even more extravagant. But then, the show notes that she does come from a wealthy family...]]family..]].



* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries.'' Matt Donovan seems to be able to keep himself afloat despite his only source of income being a part time job at the Mystic Grill. One could also wonder how Alaric Saltzman is able to live in such a swanky apartment on a teacher's salary. Or how Elena and Jeremy manage to live comfortably despite all of their caretakers [[spoiler: being dead]]
** Though the latter case is understandable being the Gilberts are a wealthy family, they're friends with the mayor and also several vampires who can just compel the payments to go away.

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* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries.'' Matt Donovan seems to be able to keep himself afloat despite his only source of income being a part time job at the Mystic Grill. One could also wonder how Alaric Saltzman is able to live in such a swanky apartment on a teacher's salary. Or how Elena and Jeremy manage to live comfortably despite all of their caretakers [[spoiler: being dead]]
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dead]]. Though the latter case is understandable being the Gilberts are a wealthy family, they're friends with the mayor and also several vampires who can just compel the payments to go away.



* Played straight in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''. Nobody in New York, especially not owners of a sandwich shop that seems to be perpetually half-empty, can have a house, complete with basement, parking lot, and balcony in [=TriBeCa=]. Though there could be explanation in that Jerry (the dad) seems to STILL have some very big pull in the magical world. This would help with the situation.
** Also, their uncle not only is magic, but is [[ItMakesSenseInContext Shakira]], so he might lend them money.

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* Played straight in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''. Nobody in New York, especially not owners of a sandwich shop that seems to be perpetually half-empty, can have a house, complete with basement, parking lot, and balcony in [=TriBeCa=]. Though there could be explanation in that Jerry (the dad) seems to STILL have some very big pull in the magical world. This would help with the situation.
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situation. Also, their uncle not only is magic, but is [[ItMakesSenseInContext Shakira]], so he might lend them money.



* Justified with Sherlock's brownstone in New York in ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', as his father is the one who owns the place and lets his son use it, provided Sherlock stays clean and goes through the 12-step program. Joan is hired to live with him and keep him clean, being paid enough to keep her apartment. Later, after finding out that the guy she was subletting to filmed a porn video there, she gives up the place and moves her stuff to the brownstone. As in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Holmes consults the NYPD for free, although he does work with private clients during downtime. After Holmes Sr. stops paying Joan for her services, Sherlock offers to pay her out of his own pocket if she stays on as his apprentice. Previously, Joan was an accomplished surgeon and, presumably, could afford a nice place. We later find out that the Holmes family is FictionFiveHundred wealthy and thus Sherlock's living accommodations are actually quite spartan by their standards.

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* Justified with Sherlock's brownstone in New York in ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', as his father is the one who owns the place and lets his son use it, provided Sherlock stays clean and goes through the 12-step program. Joan is hired to live with him and keep him clean, being paid enough to keep her apartment. Later, after finding out that the guy she was subletting to filmed a porn video there, she gives up the place and moves her stuff to the brownstone. As in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Holmes consults the NYPD for free, although he does work with private clients during downtime. After Holmes Sr. stops paying Joan for her services, Sherlock offers to pay her out of his own pocket if she stays on as his apprentice. Previously, Joan was an accomplished surgeon and, presumably, could afford a nice place. We later find out that the Holmes family is FictionFiveHundred {{Fiction 500}} wealthy and thus Sherlock's living accommodations are actually quite spartan by their standards.



* Justified on ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''. Matt Murdock lives in a pretty large apartment in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, which has some of the highest rent prices in the United States. An apartment that realistically shouldn't be affordable for a recent law school graduate who has only just started his own practice. But, Hell's Kitchen saw property values drop due to damage sustained during the [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Chitauri invasion]]. Making Matt's apartment even cheaper is its generally run-down aesthetic (though all the appliances seem to function just fine), and the bright electronic billboard across the street that shines through the living room window - an eyesore for anyone with functioning eyes, but not a problem for Matt because he's blind.

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* Justified on ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''. Matt Murdock lives in a pretty large apartment in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, which has some of the highest rent prices in the United States. An apartment that realistically shouldn't be affordable for a recent law school graduate who has only just started his own practice. But, Hell's Kitchen saw property values drop due to damage sustained during the [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Chitauri invasion]]. Making Matt's apartment even cheaper is its generally run-down aesthetic (though all the appliances seem to function just fine), and the bright electronic billboard across the street that shines through the living room window - an eyesore for anyone with functioning eyes, but not a problem for Matt because he's blind.a blind man.



* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'': in Season 1, Jake lives in a large, pleasant apartment despite being ''terrible'' with money (to the point where he's implied to have declared bankruptcy at least once) - it's quickly explained that it was his grandmother's apartment, and that he still benefits from the rent control she negotiated decades earlier (Jake and Gina both refer to having spent time in the apartment during childhood; they're now in their early thirties). Furthermore, almost as soon as the apartment appears on-screen it's revealed that he's about to lose it due to changes in his tenancy that he hasn't bothered to review. In the end, Gina rents the apartment for herself, but this time it's {{Justified}} by the fact that she's been renting the same one-room studio for over ten years and saving up until a nicer place came along.

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* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'': in Season 1, Jake lives in a large, pleasant apartment despite being ''terrible'' with money (to the point where he's implied to have declared bankruptcy at least once) - it's quickly explained that it was his grandmother's apartment, and that he still benefits from the rent control she negotiated decades earlier (Jake and Gina both refer to having spent time in the apartment during childhood; they're now in their early thirties). Furthermore, almost as soon as the apartment appears on-screen it's revealed that he's about to lose it due to changes in his tenancy that he hasn't bothered to review. In the end, Gina rents the apartment for herself, but this time it's {{Justified}} {{justified|Trope}} by the fact that she's been renting the same one-room studio for over ten years and saving up until a nicer place came along.



** Ethan lives in a house even after he's divorced. [[spoiler: Except in his happier endings, when he's living on the aforementioned Lucas Kane's apartment]].

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** Ethan lives in a house even after he's divorced. [[spoiler: Except in his happier endings, when he's living on the aforementioned Lucas Kane's apartment]].apartment.]]



** Practically inverted with Bro Strider, whose apartment has only one bedroom and is otherwise cramped with expensive recordign equipment. Of course, [[{{Understatement}} he's a bit of an]] EccentricMillionaire.

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** Practically inverted with Bro Strider, whose apartment has only one bedroom and is otherwise cramped with expensive recordign recording equipment. Of course, [[{{Understatement}} he's a bit of an]] EccentricMillionaire.



* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': The Justice Friends (Major Glory, Val Hallen and Krunk) live at an apartment they rent. It's revealed in one episode that Val Hallen got the largest room (well, less "room" and more "pocket dimension containing the full glory and splendor of VALHALLA ITSELF") and pays a bigger share of the rent than the others because of this (which isn't a problem for him as he is not only a superhero and "Norse God of rock," but also the world's most famous rock star). It's never stated how much each Justice Friend pays (although Major Glory ''probably'' has a cushy government contract).
** They also seem to ''destroy'' it (both the apartment and the ''building''), [[RunningGag frequently]], yet never have to [[SnapBack answer for it]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': The Justice Friends (Major Glory, Val Hallen and Krunk) live at an apartment they rent. It's revealed in one episode that Val Hallen got the largest room (well, less "room" and more "pocket dimension containing the full glory and splendor of VALHALLA ITSELF") and pays a bigger share of the rent than the others because of this (which isn't a problem for him as he is not only a superhero and "Norse God of rock," but also the world's most famous rock star). It's never stated how much each Justice Friend pays (although Major Glory ''probably'' has a cushy government contract).
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contract). They also seem to ''destroy'' it (both the apartment and the ''building''), [[RunningGag frequently]], yet never have to [[SnapBack answer for it]].



* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'': [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. The bears live in a renovated cave they paid nothing for, at least some of their furniture is hand-made, they either walk (often in "bearstack" mode) or use public transportation, and numerous episodes show they make very little money. That said, this doesn't stop them from getting an internet connection, cell phones, laptops, television, a fridge, and they still have plenty of free time to do whatever the plot requires.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'': [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. The bears live in a renovated cave they paid nothing for, at least some of their furniture is hand-made, they either walk (often in "bearstack" mode) or use public transportation, and numerous episodes show they make very little money. That said, this doesn't stop them from getting an internet Internet connection, cell phones, laptops, television, a fridge, and they still have plenty of free time to do whatever the plot requires.
11th Apr '16 8:50:05 AM GreenLady
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** And when you actually see Gina's old apartment (which becomes Jake's new place), the set ''is'' actually about as small as they could make it while still allowing space to actually film the scene. For bonus points, you never see more than three actors in a scene in Gina's/Jake's apartment, presumably because there's no more floor space for them all to stand up at once.

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** And when you actually see Gina's old apartment (which becomes Jake's new place), the set ''is'' actually about as small as they could make it while still allowing space to actually film the scene. For bonus points, you never see more than three actors in a scene in Gina's/Jake's apartment, presumably because there's no more floor space for them all to stand up at once.once without obstructing the camera.
11th Apr '16 8:48:33 AM GreenLady
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** {{Averted}} with Terry's house in Season 1: despite the fact that he's married with two kids it looks fairly realistically small, with the babies' bedroom within a few steps of the front door, and a main room that seems to function as entryway/living room/dining room. He apparently moves house sometime before Season 2, though, since in subsequent appearances his home gains a second floor and a much roomier floor-plan.
11th Apr '16 8:46:04 AM GreenLady
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* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'': in Season 1, Jake lives in a large, pleasant apartment despite being ''terrible'' with money (to the point where he's implied to have declared bankruptcy at least once) - it's quickly explained that it was his grandmother's apartment, and that he still benefits from the rent control she negotiated decades earlier (Jake and Gina both refer to having spent time in the apartment during childhood; they're now in their early thirties). Furthermore, almost as soon as the apartment appears on-screen it's revealed that he's about to lose it due to changes in his tenancy that he hasn't bothered to review. In the end, Gina rents the apartment for herself, but this time it's {{Justified}} by the fact that she's been renting the same one-room studio for over ten years and saving up until a nicer place came along.
** And when you actually see Gina's old apartment (which becomes Jake's new place), the set ''is'' actually about as small as they could make it while still allowing space to actually film the scene. For bonus points, you never see more than three actors in a scene in Gina's/Jake's apartment, presumably because there's no more floor space for them all to stand up at once.
** Amy's apartment is also larger than might be expected for a single person living on a detective's salary: though none of the rooms are large it has a separate dining room and is implied to have a spare bedroom (since the squad mistakenly believe she lives with her grandmother). However, Amy is explicitly stated to be Jake's exact opposite in her attitude to money, and it's completely in-character for her to be so good at budgeting that she's able to afford a nice place for herself.
** {{Averted}} with Terry's house in Season 1: despite the fact that he's married with two kids it looks fairly realistically small, with the babies' bedroom within a few steps of the front door, and a main room that seems to function as entryway/living room/dining room. He apparently moves house sometime before Season 2, though, since in subsequent appearances his home gains a second floor and a much roomier floor-plan.
11th Apr '16 8:30:57 AM GreenLady
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* Justified on ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''. Matt Murdock lives in a pretty large apartment in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, which has some of the highest rent prices in the United States. An apartment that realistically shouldn't be affordable for a recent law school graduate who has only just started his own practice. But, Hell's Kitchen saw property values drop due to damage sustained during the [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Chitauri invasion]]. Making Matt's apartment even cheaper is the bright electronic billboard across the street that shines through the living room window, an eyesore for anyone with functioning eyes, but not a problem for Matt because he's blind.

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* Justified on ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}''. Matt Murdock lives in a pretty large apartment in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, which has some of the highest rent prices in the United States. An apartment that realistically shouldn't be affordable for a recent law school graduate who has only just started his own practice. But, Hell's Kitchen saw property values drop due to damage sustained during the [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Chitauri invasion]]. Making Matt's apartment even cheaper is its generally run-down aesthetic (though all the appliances seem to function just fine), and the bright electronic billboard across the street that shines through the living room window, window - an eyesore for anyone with functioning eyes, but not a problem for Matt because he's blind.
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