Recently it’s become clear to me that the time has come to look for a new apartment here in San Francisco. While I have always known we would eventually want to move– Eric and I never loved the dusty brown wall to wall carpet, or the faux wood and laminate finishes in our dark kitchen– we have really come to like living in SOMA, and know that finding a new apartment that we adore will be an intense process.
In our place we have done a lot of work to improve the 1980’s builder-grade apartment that we moved into (sight unseen!). We made the most of our asymmetrical windows by balancing them with bookcases, painted the walls of our large white box a soothing grey, defied a giant cement wall with a handful of Command adhesive hooks, and installed dimmers in the harsh track lighting. Over the course of two years we turned a ramshackle grouping of furniture from college and some flea market art into our first adult home, and it will always have a special place in my memory (excluding the popcorn ceilings and our neighbors weeknight 1am Rockband sessions.)
While living here initially started off on a dare (“can we really live in the city for a year? and actually enjoy it?”), two years later I can honestly say that living in San Francisco has become second nature to us, and we are looking forward to moving to a different neighborhood in the city to be closer to friends, restaurants, parks, and general life. While we originally picked to live in SOMA for its quietness, and proximity to the ballpark and downtown, we are hoping that a move further inland will provide a happy medium of energy for us: less crazy Giants traffic and gridlock around the Moscone Center, and more people and things to see on weekends instead of our current ghost town on non-game days.
I’m excited to see how this all turns out in the next month– after submitting our notice to move tonight, we will have until March 5 to make it all happen! I’m praying hardwood floors, lots of molding, and even more windows are in our future. Padmapper and Craigslist have already become my best friends, and now it’s just a game of searching, open houses, rental applications, and waiting. Hopefully on the other side of this I’ll have an awesome space to share with you all, but until then please send good wishes and any tips you have my way! (I’ll definitely be needing them in SF’s infamous rental market…)
Onwards and upwards!