So, last weekend we went searching for someplace to live and this is what we found:
Option 1: A studio apartment in an ultra-modern renovated warehouse in East Bay. Pros: There's nothing cooler than living in an old warehouse. It even had a cool rooftop deck and was fully furnished.
Cons: The apartment was roughly the size of a solitary confinement cell. Also, I suspect it was haunted by the child laborers who used to work there.
Rent: $1500 per month
Option 2: A cute one-bedroom Victorian flat on Nob Hill similar to the one below.
Pros: Very picturesque, in the middle of the city, great views, had one of those elevators with the gate you have to lift up like in the movies.
Cons: Very old, few spots for the dogs to do their business, parking is non-existent except for an occasional spot on a 1000% grade hill across the street. Also see: Rent
Rent: An arm and a leg, plus one more extremity for a parking spot in a parking garage.
Option 3: A new, industrial-chic complex on the border of Oakland and Emeryville.
Pros: Finely furnished, washer drier in unit, the complex is fortified like a prison for safety. As we were waiting here on this corner to be shown the unit, we found it provided for the perfect "San Francisco" experience: across the street dread-locked hippies with Pink Floyd t-shirts kept streaming out of this house, pouring their drinks in the bushes, piling stuff into their van. The complex was on the border of the ghetto, and homeless cart-pushers would occasionally walk down the street mumbing to themselves while a gay couple stood looking at the complex trying to decide if they wanted to live here.
Cons: Roo noticed this ambigous sign at the elementary school across the street, "WARNING-Drug Free School Zone". It could be interpreted many ways, but I interpreted it as "I don't want to live here".
Rent: Your firstborn child. Plus utilities.
Option 4: One bedroom apartment in Sausalito overlooking the bay.
Pros: Amazing view, pet friendly, great area. Also see: Rent
Cons: 25 minute drive from work, 30 year old buildings.
Rent: $1440/mo plus utilities. In the real world, that is outrageously high for 700 square feet of 30-year old space. In San Francisco, it's a steal.
Option 5: Our rental car. We asked for a compact and ended up in this. Lumbering over those massive hills and one-way streets, trying to parallel park it felt enormous enough to live in.
Cons: George Lucas's house is protected by some kind of force shield to keep people out. We couldn't find it.
Option 7: We went on a drive up Lucas Valley Road and found this perfectly situated little church. I thought it was so lovely.
Cons: I'd probably have to become some kind of pastor or something to live in it.
Rent: My eternal soul. Plus utilities.
Cons: Only three things on the menu. Even the "secret" menu is fairly confined.
Rent: Clogged arteries and a massive heart attack at age 30. Plus utilities.
So many options. We've got some big decisions to make!