Happy October 1st!
Today is day one, officially at the new place! After a full two weeks of packing, moving, unpacking, and cleaning; we are settling into our new home. My dream was to one day live in downtown, but with the prices of rent and SF living skyrocketing, that reality grew further away. COVID continues to change everything around us for better and for worse, but looking at one of the positives, the cost of living will begin to decrease in San Francisco.
It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to the home that housed many experiences and memories. So many memories made from college days, roommates, heartbreaks, and meeting Gavin. The best memory so far was the day Gavin picked me up for our first date. From great neighbors to coffee mornings with Tony, the maintenance guy, to dinner nights with friends, 28 Grijalva really was an incredible home.
Gavin and I have been looking for the last two years for a place of our own. Renting out the second bedroom helped financially but living with someone is always weird. The price point, the size of apartments, and the location never seemed to match the price point. We always circled back to staying at the Grijlava house because of the amount of room, parking, and controlled rent.
One evening Gavin happened to be on Zillow and found that prices in the city were dropping due to COVID and tech leaving the city. We waited a few more weeks and found this apartment. We applied right away and paid $50 to secure our apartment. A week later, we came for a tour and signed our lease.
We now live in the Financial District, walking distance to the Ferry Building, North Beach, and Chinatown. We scored on a great price with parking included. If you’re in the city and looking to make a move keep an eye out. Our leasing agent let us know that the prices were so low because the big tech companies were no longer renewing their corporate accounts, leaving 100’s of apartments available.
The plan is to only stay in San Francisco for another year or two and then return to Los Angeles OR move to Ireland. Whatever the decision, we are looking forward to spending our final years in the heart of San Francisco <3