||[Nov. 24th, 2012|12:48 am]
soooooo after 2.5 years or so at my place in emeryville i decided to get a new place. particularly after talking it over with francesco. it's too small and cramped for the both of us, when he comes to visit. hell, it's a little small for me.|
what really sold me on leaving is this: it has all the downsides of an urban dwelling (noise, screaming crazy people at 2AM, crime) but all of the downsides of the suburbs (the "local businesses" outside my door are: safeway, subway, target, panera, best buy, etc. well, i'll miss panera. but.)
i decided why not go on full-suburban. i already drive everywhere fun, or take public transit. and bart is all over. i settled on san leandro: it's very central to every spoke of the bay area, and i have friends all over. it's still close to oakland (and the good and bad that entails!) and convenient.
i ended up lucking into finding a really nice duplex that a new owner just picked up and renovated. i'll be the first inhabitant since it was fixed up. built in 1951, but in fantastic condition. we'll have SO much space now, it'll be fantastic.
i won't go into the agonizing day i spent going back and forth between two properties (same rent, different pros, different cons). it was horrid. but i'm optimistic that i made the right choice, because this is a place i feel like i could stay for a long time. really hope it works out that way. moving sucks.
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