A starter home: your first apartment, home, roof over your head that gave you a fresh start. I decided to participate in the Starter Stories project organized by Compass, a real-estate startup company based in New York. Starter Stories is series of blog posts where bloggers share their very own starter home experiences and I’m excited to share mine!
It’s been a little over a year since I’ve been living in the city, (post of my move here) and I thought this would be a good time to reflect on my time here so far. I personally celebrate the fact that I was able to even find an apartment in the city. I’m sure some of you know, apartment-hunting in San Francisco is worse than dating and job-interviewing combined, and not to mention extremely pricey.
I traded some of the suburban comforts for city experiences. I’ll admit, my apartment isn’t perfect. The fuse blows if someone is using a space heater and a hair-dryer, our roof leaked during the “hella storm”, and there are always random fixes needed in this 100-year old Victorian.
But I sleep to the soft-sound of foghorns, take jogs to the Golden Gate bridge, and live in an apartment with character. And it’s been completely worth it.
I was blessed with roommates with amazing home-decorating style and they were able transform this forlorn-looking apartment into a home within a week. If it were just me, I bet this place would still need a lot of work. To put it into perspective, I bought picture frames to hang in my room when I moved into this apartment over a year ago, and I just hung them up a few weeks back.
As paradoxical as it may sound, I feel more connected with those in my community living in a large city than in a small suburb. Just two doors down from my place, there is a nail salon owned by a sweet older couple. Their daughter goes to Cal (go Bears!) and I’ve become her mentor by helping her out with internship applications! Also on my block, there is an awesome fitness/personal training studio co-owned by a woman named Nilu. I’ve gotten to get to know her, and she’s bad-ass.
I love having the option to wind down the day with yoga, start the weekend with a boozy brunch; there are endless possibilities within the realms of my neighborhood.
Who knows where my next home will take me, but for now, I am extremely content with where I am.