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We Bought a House in San Francisco!

If you follow me on Instagram then you saw the news last month that we bought a house! Technically its just a flat (not a single family home) but we couldn’t be more excited. I made a list of goals when we were first married of things I really wanted to do over the next 10 years or so. The first thing on the list was: Buy a House in San Francisco. It was very unrealistic when I made that goal so the fact that we actually did it is thrilling. I cried when it became official. It is a beautiful 3 bedroom Victorian flat near Dolores Park. The apartment is 1700 square feet with a large kitchen, dining room and even a guest bedroom. It has beautiful original details and the apartment has been very well taken care of. We would like to eventually update the kitchen and bathroom and even knock out a wall or two but we are going to put that all on hold until our bank account recovers from that hefty down payment. The apartment is amazing but isn’t perfect. It doesn’t have a parking spot or a backyard and living on top of and below neighbors (even if they are nice) isn’t ideal. But the pros outweigh the cons a million times over so we feel really good about it. It is the perfect first home for us.

If you’ve been reading this blog any amount of time then you know we have a habit of living in small spaces. Our first apartment was a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco (pictures here, I cringe when I see these BTW.) After that we moved to a medium sized one bedroom apartment on Nob Hill, we had some children and they slept in a closet. After that we moved to a two bedroom apartment in Paris (Paris has cheaper housing than San Francisco so we upgraded!) Then last Spring we moved to our current 500 square foot apartment in the Mission District of San Francisco. We won’t move into the new house for a few months but home decor has been on my mind a lot. I hope you’ll indulge me a bit as I post about the new place and the projects we have in store. I’ve been waiting to own a house for so long I can’t believe its actually here. Here is a little peek of our long San Francisco hallway.

New House

  1. Erin

    July 23, 2013

    Congrats to you and your family! I live in San Francisco as well and we’ve been looking at houses. I know how competitive the market is now so it’s a big accomplishment. Looks lovely!

  2. Seriously Sassy Mama

    July 23, 2013

    Living in Texas, you never see cool places like this. If you do, you call it an Apartment. I would love to have a cool place like that for my family. No yard to mow, and we could walk around the city.

  3. Christine | Life in a Dress

    July 23, 2013

    Congratulations! Living in the Bay, I totally get how momentous of an occasion it is to purchase a house in our crazy real estate market.

  4. Rebecca Lately

    July 23, 2013

    Congratulations! That is so exciting! I look forward to your posts about your new home and home decorating

  5. ♥Petit-on♥

    July 23, 2013

    So cute! Congrats! :)

  6. Yvett

    July 23, 2013

    Felicidades!!! Congratulations!! I’ve been following your moves for a while and look forward to your decorating ideas! =)

  7. Yvonne

    July 23, 2013

    Congratulations – it looks stunning and I could feel your exhilaration as I read your post! Looking forward to more posts!

  8. Kristen Genevieve

    July 23, 2013

    So exciting! Congratulations! I live in New England, and while it doesn’t compare to SF prices, its also pretty tight. But early sacrifices make the later accomplishments so much sweeter. And anyway, what makes a home is being with those you love. Can’t wait to see more photos. :)
    xo kristen genevieve

    sunnywithachanceoflemons.blogspot.com

  9. Laicie

    July 23, 2013

    Beautiful!! Those floors! Congratulations, that’s so exciting. :) Can’t wait to see more!

  10. Chelsea

    July 23, 2013

    Wow! Congratulations! I’m sure you will do beautiful things with it, as you did your current home.

  11. rhiannon

    July 23, 2013

    congrats! looks like a stunning space!

    http://www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

  12. Ami

    July 23, 2013

    So excited for you!

  13. Angel Y.

    July 23, 2013

    Congratulations! It’s my dream to live in SF, let alone buy a house. Looking forward to reading about your new adventures.

  14. LARY@Inspiration Nook

    July 23, 2013

    So exciting! Congrats again. Looking forward to see how you guys make your own with your awesome style.

  15. Natalie Bowman

    July 23, 2013

    Congrats! Can’t wait to see what you do with 1200 extra square feet.

  16. Ann

    July 23, 2013

    Congrats! Your post reminds me of my Nob Hill apartment, which I called home for many, many years. I’m now in the North East Bay ‘burbs with my family, and you sure do make me miss city living. Enjoy your new home in one of the loveliest cities on earth!

  17. Dee

    July 23, 2013

    Oh, happy day! :) Enjoy and congrats.

  18. Karen

    July 23, 2013

    How thrilling! Congratulations, and I’m looking forward to your posts about decorating your new place!

  19. Kate

    July 23, 2013

    How very, very exciting!

  20. Caitlin

    July 23, 2013

    Congratulations!!! I’m thrilled for you and your family (and all the future house posts!)

  21. Leslie

    July 23, 2013

    My grandparents lived in a flat on Green St. for many years. I have such fond memories of that flat and I can still remember the way it smelled and the long hallway. My Gramma listened to big band music and the eat-in kitchen was huge and had a gorgeous stained glass chandelier. Congratulations and happy memory making there!

  22. meg

    July 23, 2013

    Congrats! I assume many house projects to come. 😉

    http://happinessiscreating.com/

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • July 23, 2013

      Of course!

  23. Anne

    July 23, 2013

    That is exciting! I’m looking forward to your future posts about it. I’d love how to see you decorate the place with your lovely DIYs! :)

    http://annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com/

  24. STEL STYLE

    July 23, 2013

    congratulations!!! this is my dream too!! enjoy your new place!!

    http://www.thestelstyle.com

  25. Tamara Lin

    July 23, 2013

    Oh I’m so excited for you! It’s beautiful! I also live in Texas, although I’m from that part of the country, and I can’t imagine living in an old Victorian flat in SF!!!! Gahhhh! So happy!!! I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Congratulations!!!

  26. Linda

    July 23, 2013

    Oh boy!!! This is very exciting. :)….I LOVE, LOVE ,LOVE the Bay Area…grew up in San Mateo….I’m very happy for you. There is nothing like the feeling of buying your first home in a place you love. Will be looking for more posts about this adventure of yours. xoxo

  27. Ashley

    July 23, 2013

    Congratulations to you, Jordan! You have already realized so many of your goals…that, too, deserves a commendation!

    I’m definitely looking forward to reading along as you make this home your very own.

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • July 23, 2013

      Thanks! We’re so excited! :)

  28. Margie

    July 23, 2013

    Gorgeous! Congratulations

  29. alyssa

    July 23, 2013

    the flat looks gorgeous! it’s always so exciting to move into a new space and find beautiful things to fill it with!

  30. Martha

    July 23, 2013

    your home decor posts are my very favorite. you have such a fresh, bright, clean style. can’t wait to see more! congrats! that’s a huge milestone.

  31. JAY

    July 23, 2013

    So excited for you CONGRATS! Can’t wait to see what you make of the place, it will be great!

  32. Erica

    July 23, 2013

    Congratulations!! The bare bones are so gorgeous, I’m excited to see your decor updates.

  33. Kimberly

    July 23, 2013

    This is amazing! My husband and I are living in a crazy-expensive 300 square foot rental space, so I can just imagine how wonderful it must feel to first of all buy a house and second one with so much space! Congrats :)

  34. Jennifer

    July 23, 2013

    AMAZING! Congratulations! 1700 square feet is HUGE!! We own a 1300 square foot home on the Peninsula, (bought in December) so I sympathize with both your elation and your bank account recovery! Gosh after living in 500 square feet it is going to feel like a palace!!

  35. Kirsten

    July 23, 2013

    Oh my goodness, this is sooo sooo sooo exciting!
    dolrest park is seriously one of my favorite spots.
    i have a friend that lives slightly in that area (more in the twin peaks area)
    bit thats such a great place! that is so so exciting and I can’t wait to see some pictures!
    you go girl!

  36. Chelsea

    July 23, 2013

    Congratulations Jordan! I can’t wait to see it all come together.

  37. Erin

    July 23, 2013

    One question: who is your real estate agent??!!!!

  38. jennifer

    July 23, 2013

    My heart just swells with excitement for you! This is just so wonderful!

    Cannot wait because I have a very similar interior to your place (at least from what I can tell… same bones. ours was built in 1913) so I am looking forward to seeing what you do and how you make it awesome.

    Lots of love from over here in Lower Pac Heights.

    Jen

  39. Erika

    July 23, 2013

    OMG congratulations! I love that you shared it was 10 year ago you declared it & you mentioned the other places beforehand. It’s exactly what I needed to hear as I am a newlywed & we are barely beginning to fix our credit to start that long road of home ownership. It’s not for everyone but it is dear to me; so much so that it went past the point of hope, dreaming & fun j to stress & frustration. Take pride! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Praxsmiles

    July 23, 2013

    Oh you’re making me homesick! So much congratulations! Owning a house in San Francisco is truly a dream. :]

  41. Ally

    July 23, 2013

    I will ball my eyes when I finally own my first home, so I know how happy you must be right now! Your hallway looks gorgeous. San Fran has some of the best architecture in the world, so it’s great that you get to own a piece of it. And hey, your house is BIGGER than my brand new, 3 level (rented) townhouse! So HAPPY for you, and I can’t wait to see more!

  42. Celeste

    July 24, 2013

    congratulations Jordan! You and your husband are proof that artists don’t have to be starving artists. You are truly an inspiration to this art student. Good luck with your decorating, I cannot wait to see all of your future posts featuring your new home!

  43. Tiare

    July 24, 2013

    I’ve been a longtime lurker of your site. But I had to finally break my silence to wish you a heartfelt congratulations! All the best for your family.

  44. Morwena

    July 24, 2013

    Congratulations! That’s so exciting. I remember when we bought our home I woke up in the middle of the night and walked around patting the walls thinking wow, this is ours! Actually I still do, five years later!

  45. Wendy

    July 24, 2013

    Please tell us how you did it. The saving the down payment, mortgage approval.
    Still hoping and dreaming
    Weary Renter.

  46. Lucie

    July 24, 2013

    Congratulations! I can’t imagine how happy you must be at the moment. The problem in Paris (where I live) is that rents are “OK” (even thought still quite expensive) but the prices to buy a flat are completely disconnected from the rentals. Therefore, our dream of buying a flat here has to stay in the dream realm :). Congrats again and I can’t wait for your decorating ideas. Lots of love from Paris!

  47. Joy | Frock Files

    July 24, 2013

    Oh wow, congratulations! I’ve admired your tiny apartment and I know that your style is going to permeate this gorgeous space as well. It looks just beautiful — I can’t wait to see the rest of it. It must feel grand in size after all of your tiny homes!

  48. Jennifer :: Creative Scatter

    July 24, 2013

    Congratulations! That is so exciting!! That long hallway is just lovely. I can’t wait to see all the fun things you do with it :)

  49. Christie

    July 24, 2013

    Congratulations!

  50. Becky Loose From The Zoo

    July 24, 2013

    Congratulations! How exciting! Can’t wait to see all the beautiful parties you throw here!

    <3becky
    http://www.loosefromthezoo.com

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