I am comfortable saying "everyone" & "always" in the following statement: The first thing that everyone always asks us when we tell them we just moved to San Francisco is some form of: "Are you actually IN the city?". Because the Bay Area encompasses a lot of other cool hoods just outside the city (East Bay for instance). So I figured some readers may have this question too. I'm happy to say that we do in fact live in San Francisco proper.
When we started apartment hunting to live here, the rent was shocking. And it still is appalling to be honest. I can't believe how much they can charge (but then again, we bit at that dangling rent price so joke's on us). It was really enticing to imagine living across the Bay for either less rent, more space or a combination of the two. However, we decided against that the more we thought about it.
|^Yes, we live within the true, proper confines of San Francisco.|
The reasons we decided to bite the bullet had to do with a) We both work in the Financial District downtown thus would ease our commute b) Access to the dog (If we wanted to do something after work we would have had to cross the bay before coming back to let him out) c) We don't have kids yet. May as well soak it up while we can. d) We love living downtown and the final (and most important) reason is e) We felt it was the best way to get to know San Francisco. Not having to load up a car to explore a city and make it a big event ensures that you LIVE it a little bit more. And that's something we both really wanted out of this move at least initially.
I do love the downtown life wherever I am but you better believe I will be excited whenever it is that we have our first garage + backyard. But for now, it's all about ease of access.