Tag Archives: San Francisco

#27 Buy a Condo/House

19 Jan

Yeah, that’s right…I think this officially makes me a grown-up. On March 23, 2017, we bought a house!

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Now, when I first put this on the list I figured I’d be buying a house in LA on my own, hence the “condo/” addition. But, like I said, I’ve been working on #39, so now I have a partner in all these important life moments.

When we made the big move from Santa Monica to San Francisco in March 2015, we looked to rent an apartment/condo similarly sized to our place in LA. We had an amazing thing going in Santa Monica – 3 bedroom, 2 bath, walking distance to the beach – so we knew it wouldn’t be quite the same, but we had no idea what we were in for up in the Bay Area. We ended up finding a 2 bedroom, 1 bath in the outskirts of the city for 150% what we were paying in LA.

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We were optimistic and we were still walking/riding distance to the beach, but we had to trade in our bathing suits for sweatshirts. We quickly came to learn though that the city wasn’t the place for us. The weather was just such a downer.

In spring 2016, we came to the realization that for the amount we were paying to rent a condo in the city, we could buy a house in the East Bay. So in July we started casually looking. We weren’t really ready to buy, but we wanted to see what was out there and what we could realistically afford.

We looked at houses in “up-and-coming” areas of Oakland, but it didn’t exactly feel safe and some of the spaces were…creative.

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We looked at a “fixer-upper” in Piedmont and after that decided to add walls and floors to our checklist.

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We worked our way further and further from San Francisco and finally stumbled on a cute city called Concord. Concord is up-and-coming in a much less scary way than Oakland. It’s older and some houses could use some work, but you don’t need to get a concealed carry permit to walk alone at night. 😉

We kept casually looking for a couple of months and then had one lucky weekend where we found not one, but two houses we loved! That was a Saturday. By Tuesday we had a real estate agent, a mortgage broker, we were pre-approved for a loan and we put in an offer. Everything happened SO fast!

After a little bit of negotiation (while I was in NY for work) and beating out 11 other offers, we got the place! It was the most exhilarating and, at the same time, scary experience of my life. But now we’re proud homeowners and, added bonus, turns out Mychael is quite the handy-man. 😃

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We’re almost ready to have people over, so get ready for the housewarming/1-year anniversary party, coming soon!

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#26 Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge

5 Mar

Well, I guess I’m failing at my New Year’s resolution (post to my blog right after completing an experience) because I actually checked this one off over Christmas break…oops.

My mom used my list to get ideas for Christmas presents and also for ideas of things to do while I was at home for the week in between Christmas and New Year’s. We kept busy the whole time I was home with one activity after another, which was fantastic!

One day we decided it would be fun to drive to San Francisco and check number 26 off the list. My mom and I got up early, hopped in the car and made our way to the City by the Bay. Two hours later we had found a secret parking area, bundled up in our winter coats and were all set to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.

It should be noted that when I put this on my list I thought this was a big undertaking, but come to find out that the bridge is only 1.7 miles long and everyone from toddlers to grandparents walk across it. Regardless, we set out to cross the bridge.

After stopping for a ton of photos and dodging bikes and slow pedestrians, we reached the Marin County Line sign, meaning we were officially leaving San Francisco.

When we reached the other side, we headed up to the viewing platform to get a few more photos. 🙂

And check our BlackBerry’s. 🙂

After the little rest, we made our way back across the bridge and encountered this very helpful sign.

Once safely back on the San Francisco side, we contemplating buying these t-shirts, but then decided a photo would suffice.

Some fun facts I learned during our trip:

  • Length of main span – 4,200 ft.
  • Length of one cable – 7,650 ft.
  • Diameter of one cable – 36 3/8 in.
  • Number of wires in one cable – 27,572
  • Total wire used – 80,000 miles
  • Weight of cable – 24,500 tons
  • Height of towers above water – 746 ft.
  • Depth of tower piers below water – 110 ft.

If you’re planning a trip to San Francisco I highly recommend this outing. It’s something everyone can enjoy while getting great views of the city and experiencing one of the California’s most iconic structures.

Thanks for the awesome day mom!

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