They wanted good light and a dog park. But the front door could not face south.

When Anjali Ramani and Konstantinos Coeliris set out to find a new home last summer, they realized they wanted something ready-made, with good lighting and at least 1,000 square feet of space. But they had another requirement, a detail not many brokers encountered: the front door couldn’t face south or west.

Ms. Ramani, 26, was born in Singapore to an Indian family committed to Vastu Shastra, the ancient Indian philosophy of architecture and design. His followers believed that structural details, lighting, and furniture placement affect the energy of the home, and thus the well-being and prosperity of those who live in it.

“I was familiar with Vastu, but it was the first time I had clients that it was very important to me,” said Richard Murray, an agent for Keller Williams, who helped them with the research. “I’ve probably looked at more apartments with them than I’ve probably seen with any other couple I’ve ever worked with.”

Vastu’s guidelines place a premium on central spaces and the direction of light, so the placement of a home’s entry is critical. “When my parents checked, they told us that the door either faces north or east to be good for us and bring us happiness,” said Mrs. Ramani.

“He was one of the biggest deal breakers,” added Mr. Colelis, 36, an engineer at Goldman Sachs.

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The pair, who are boxing enthusiasts, met at a boxing club at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Mrs. Ramani was an undergraduate and Mr. Colelis, who had grown up in Greece, was completing his graduate studies in computer science. By the summer of 2021, they were living in a one-bedroom rental apartment in Battery Park, Manhattan, and they thought they’d rather pay off a mortgage every month than pay the rent. With an initial budget of about $1.2 million, they planned to search for places within 30 minutes of Mr. Colelis’ office near the World Trade Center.

“We always thought we would start with something small, maybe just try to get our hands on one bedroom, and go from there,” Ms Ramani said. “But my parents were really excited, and they wanted us to not only get something new to wish for, but something that would be useful for us in the future.”

With a new approach to budget and bedroom counts, they began searching for properties in Lower Manhattan and the seaside Brooklyn neighborhoods of Dumbo and Williamsburg. All the while, they had a third major resident in mind: their 7-year-old rescue dog, Hades, a 110-pound Malamute/Malinois mix.

Hades can get nervous around new humans and in crowded places, so the pair checked listings of nearby dog ​​parks. They also avoided tall buildings, as they wanted to have the option of taking stairs if Hades was uncomfortable in the elevator.

“A lot of the home searches were about his preferences,” Ms. Ramani said.

Before heading out to see each listing, they could check the door position by consulting Google Maps if the property was a townhouse, or by looking at the floor plans if it was an apartment.

“We looked at a variety of homes, and talked more about the light, the outdoor space, the location, the amenities, the friendliness of the dogs, and of course the price,” said Mr. Murray. However, “Vastu was the lens through which they viewed the estates.”

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