Pat and I love living in San Francisco, so much so that we talk about what it would be like to stay here forever. For me, the city has everything I’m looking for – great weather, an amazing children’s hospital, nature galore and a cosmopolitan feel. For Pat, some of the best biking in the country is just outside the city, the weather allows him to pursue the outdoorsy activities he loves year round and he has a great group of friends that are always doing something fun. We’ve made it a point to start exploring the neighborhoods of San Francisco on our days off to get a feel for the ideal place to live, and even buy a house, in the city.
One of my favorite neighborhoods to wander is the Haight, with its laid-back hippie vibes and its incredible people watching. Pat and I explored the Lower Haight over the weekend, which is less touristy than the Haight-Ashbury/Upper Haight part of the city. It’s full of stunning Victorian homes that dot the streets and the frequent murals that the Haight is famous for (note: not sure why Maddie has the crazy eyes in this photo).
If I won the lottery today I would absolutely buy a Victorian here in San Francisco. I have a secret little ache in my heart every time I see one. They are just so majestic, and so…historic looking. I just want to curl up in the window seat of one and have the house whisper all of its secrets to me.
If you know anything about cost of living here in San Francisco and the salary a resident makes, you’ll know that a Victorian mansion isn’t anywhere in our immediate, or even near future. More than likely, our first home will be a condo, in a different neighborhood in the city.
We’re definitely starting to look for our California starter home and tucking away money every month for a down payment. Thanks to our budget wedding and frugal living, we are off to a good start. It just makes so much sense to invest in a home, instead of sinking all of our money into exorbitant rents each month! I’m ready to start building our credit and have a home that we can customize to fit our needs. I recently read that the average homeowner’s net worth is 34 times that of a renter! Plus buying a home stimulates the economy and generates jobs.
What about you? Do you have a dream home picked out? Or do you already live in your dream home? I want to hear all about it!
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