Apartment Hunting San Francisco Style

What is it like searching for an apartment in San Francisco late in 2011?  Madness, pure madness.  On the spot bidding wars.  Ten to twelve applications on one place.  Outdated one bedroom apartments listed for $2200-$3000.  Like this gem (?) on a very busy street for $2395.00…not exactly a dream kitchen…

What about the bath and that window you see?  It’s actually a mirror over a fake window.  And don’t let the cute tile floor deceive you – most of it is so chipped I’d be afraid to go in there without shoes!

At least the living room and bedroom have hardwood floors and get some great natural light, but for close to $2500 bucks I was expecting a little more space and a little less street noise.

What about a rental studio with no walls or separate living space?  You can get one for the low, low price of $1900 a month complete with 1980’s style carpet!

When we first arrived I had grandiose ideas about where we would live.  The best neighborhood within walking distance of Whole Foods and great shopping – Ha!  Now I’m thinking we’ll be lucky to get an apartment at the corner of Cracktown and Homelessville.

At least San Francisco has so much to offer and incredible walkability so you can easily get from one area to another.  I am loving being back in such a dynamic city, but I’m literally shocked at the cost of living out here.  Recession?  What recession?

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tara
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 19:17:32

    That is crazy!

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  2. Diana
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 22:24:08

    That is nuts! Hope you find something.

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  3. Shelly Mudd
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 14:46:26

    Welcome to SF! The cost of living here is outrageous!
    Have you checked out Noe Valley yet? You may find more space for your money and I’ve heard alot of good things about that area. I’m on Broadway/Laguna so if you find a place close to me, even better!

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