Actually no. I'm thinking a house would be out of the question and also not really what a young professional couple would seek. What I'm thinking is condo in a nicer building -- either a one bedroom with a den/office or a two bedroom. Something in the 900-1200sqft size. Lots of windows and open concept to make it look bigger. Modern appliances in the kitchen, no stains on the tub, sink, toilets, and newish looking. Common areas look clean and presentable. If not downtown proper still close enough to the social area that it would be a long walk or a cheap cab ride. Short commute to work. This isn't asking for a lot.
I mean, you take this by pieces and it all sounds pretty reasonable. You run it all together and you're basically asking for somebody to cut the Gordian knot of US urban living for you and not have to pay through the nose for it.
Leaving aside that your characteristic choice of a 'young professional' occupation is I-banking, let's look at what we're asking for here. First of all, you're specifying a new building, or one that's been thoroughly refurbished. For the insane real estate prices you're going to find in America's 'grand old cities,' that is asking a hell of a lot - we never stop talking about our infrastructure problems and how we finished the East Coast around 1880 and haven't done **** since, etc etc. It is of course very difficult and expensive to gut older, occupied construction and rebuild it, so you're either living somewhere where they need to recoup those costs, or your living out in the new Sun Belt, e.g., cities without the super-vibrant cultural quotient of New York / LA / Chicago / DC / Montreal / SF.
Being able to live in a trendy neighborhood *and* where you work, outside of maybe three cities I can think of, just requires you to hit a grand slam in life and get really lucky even when prioritizing specifically to make this happen.
My old apartment in Atlanta, on Cheshire Bridge, a nice-but-not-nice-enough-for-this place, with modern construction / facilities in a semi-hip area semi-close to downtown, basically close but no cigar to what you're asking for, was $1300/mo. Atlanta is one of the best cities I can think of to make this kind of thing happen, and you'd have to be pretty lucky and pretty on top of your **** to get it done. On the Eastern seaboard or in the great cities of California what you are asking for is simply impossible.
So, if what you're saying is, 'the generations raised on TV are kind of bummed that their lives aren't like LA Law or The Cosby Show,' welp, welcome to the malaise of 21st century culture. We're all trying to work it out.
I can't remember what we were originally arguing about, but I'm sure this wasn't it. I'm pretty sure I was just fading you.