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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. Michelle

    July 24, 2013

    Congrats! I used to work nearby around 18th and Guerrero. Your place is in a great neighborhood! And check out that hallway! Love it.

  2. Erica

    July 24, 2013

    Awesome Jordan. So excited for you. Loving all the wood in your home :)

  3. Mimi @ hello shiso

    July 24, 2013

    Many congratulations, this is so exciting! Plus, you will be walking distance to your studio, which will be a huge plus. It’s such a fun and lively neighborhood!

  4. Sunny

    July 24, 2013

    How exciting! It’s been a dream of mine to own a place in San Francisco too! So nice to hear that you’ve made that dream a reality for yourself! Woohoo!

  5. Em

    July 24, 2013

    Congratulations, Jordan! So exciting for you and your family!

  6. Dolly Dahl

    July 24, 2013

    YAY Congrats that is an amazing accomplishment. We bought our townhouse in SF a couple of years ago and it was the best thing we ever did. In fact, we aren’t very far from you since we’re in the Mission District too! Enjoy your fabulous new place and Dolores Park!


  7. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    July 25, 2013

    A dream come true, congrats!

  8. ashley

    July 25, 2013

    What an accomplishment, no matter how much money you make or how hard you work it;s still a challenge to purchase in the best city in the USA. Congrats!
    I know how much you love Delores Park, this is perfect for you.

  9. Aldara

    July 26, 2013

    Congrats Jordan! I´m looking forward for all the deco crafts you will do. My husband and I are saving for a house and our first home was a studio, too. So, I totally understand how do you feel.
    Congrats again!

  10. Stephanie

    July 26, 2013

    What really impresses me is that you made sacrifices to save up for your home. It’s hard to save for a house/apartment in expensive cities, and much easier to spend your money living a lifestyle that keeps up with other people (restaurants, clothes, beauty services, entertainment, etc.). If you are comfortable, I’d love to hear about your savings process — I think it would be inspiring!

  11. MamaChilanga

    July 26, 2013

    So… How did you take an unrealistic dream and turn it into a reality, especially given the current SF real estate madness? (We’ve all heard the horror stories of crazy bidding wars, all-cash offers, and impossible-to-get mortgages unless you have hefty savings and two six-figure salaries.)

    How’d you do it? Any advice or words of wisdom?

  12. KateB

    July 29, 2013

    SO excited for you! What an achievement! It is wonderful to see creative folks like yourselves building what looks like a beautiful life on your own terms. very inspiring. well done to you and your family!

  13. Megan

    July 30, 2013

    What a big step! It’s hard to be sure from the hallway shot but if that’s the kitchen and bath at the back, with three larger rooms off the side and you’re taking the picture from a super small room / office, then I know that layout well. It’s the same as my second to last place in Pac Heights before I moved to Munich. It was charming, even without a balcony or backyard.

    Happy decorating and moving in!

  14. Paulette Leto

    July 31, 2013

    Congratulations! I’ve been to San Francisco and it’s positively lovely, and your home looks great, especially that long hallway shot. I hope you continue to love your new home!

  15. Brooke White

    August 2, 2013

    this is very awesome and exciting for you guys! woohoo! I’m excited to watch your brilliance at work on it!

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