After we got home from the various little trips detailed below, we decided to start looking for a new apartment in earnest. We weren't unhappy in our current apartment or neighborhood, but one of the wonderful perks of renting is that you can make a change if you want one. And we wanted one.
There were several reasons for our decision to move again. I had said when we got to San Francisco that I would not want to move for a long time. Our apartment was cute and charming and really was a good location. We lived in one of the better neighborhoods in San Francisco. (This isn't quite what our apartment looked like when we left it, but it's a general idea: Marina Apartment) One reason was the noise from the street. Normally it was relatively quiet for being in a busy urban area. But the street one block away was a hot spot for great restaurants, trendy bars, and cute boutiques, so this made the foot traffic near our place busy and on weekends, noisy. The other big problem was the apartment was missing some conveniences I would have liked to have - like a kitchen bigger than a matchbox.
So I basically got a fire lit under me to start planning a weekend or two of apartment viewing. We narrowed our specifications down to a very picky list of neighborhoods and amenities and I lined up a whole day of viewings. We went to the first one (which I was really stoked about but was trying to keep my excitement to myself) and I fell in love with the place.
We went back and forth a lot on which apartment to get and if this was the right one. We finally decided to go for it and booked our move for 45 days later. We had our friends Bryce and Julia coming to visit (also will include that visit in a post soon!) and some other things going on, so we didn't want to move too soon.
Last weekend we made the big move. I was a bag photo journalist and totally forgot to take pictures of our Marina apartment all packed up. Sorry. But move we did and we LOVE our new place.
We love the new place. We love the new neighborhood. I can walk to church and we have quick access to tons of great restaurants and stores - but they are far enough away to leave us in peace. And it's quiet, so very quiet. The first couple of nights were actually a little strange because we heard no buses, fire trucks, people, dogs, or neighbors. Just quiet.
We took a bike ride tonight around the area to explore. We didn't go far, but this is what we found. It was a good start, I'll say.