Finding an apartment in San Francisco isn’t easy – competition is rife, rent is expensive and by all accounts it can take months to find a place to call home. During our first week in the city we dedicated our time to viewing apartments, attending open houses and familiarising ourselves with the areas we wanted to live in.
After looking at a mere 18 places we found The One, and as we’ve been in it for just over a week, I thought I’d give you the grand tour. Most one bedroom places can be quite pokey (or at least the ones that fitted inside our budget were) but we lucked out with this place – it has beautiful original wooden floors, high ceilings and lovely large bay windows.
As soon as we walked through the door I knew I could see us living here, and I’m so happy we managed to find a place with time to settle in before Christmas. One of the first things I did was put up all the ‘good luck’ and ‘bon voyage’ cards given to us by friends and family, followed by starting to assemble a new collection of colour coded books, though it’s a little way off my old one.
We had some of our belongings shipped over from Bristol (mostly clothes, kitchenware and photos) but we sold most of our furniture before we left, so I spent hours combing through Craigslist and local thrift stores to find what we needed, including a free armchair, a 60s wooden finish dining table and a beautiful chest of drawers with brass handles.
Here are a few photos of our new San Francisco sanctuary…