Preliminary moving decisions

We went into the city for the pride parade and celebration this weekend, but got a late start and so only caught the tail end of the parade. After watching for a little bit we walked over to Civic Center Plaza where the other events were taking place. It was solid, wall-to-wall people and loud bad music; we lasted about 20 minutes and gave up. Well, we can now say we’ve been to SF pride. One more thing checked off the list. Lessons learned: 1) Go early so we can see the good part of the parade, 2) Don’t go to the other events. I didn’t even take pictures.

After giving up on pride we walked down to the Mission where, after randomly running into Thatchery outside some biker bar, we worked our way down Valencia. This, we decided, was the neighborhood we want to live in. It’s technically the Mission, which means it will be cheaper than, say, North Beach, where we’d really like to live, but it’s central, close to public transit and the Google shuttle, and there’s lots to do.

We stopped for lunch at a vegan restaurant called Herbivore, looked at sofas at Therapy, and spotted lots of interesting looking coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and used book stores, which are all prerequisites for any neighborhood we’re considering living in. We’re going to start looking at apartments in a few weeks.

Until recently we were really resistant to the idea of living in the Mission. Parts of it are so dodgy and the idea of living above a noisy taqueria or produce market is not at all appealing. But the western Mission, the area we’re looking at, is actually a lot better. It strikes a nice balance between being a nice, interesting neighborhood and being affordable, which is a rare thing in this city.

Related to that last note, the Sydney Morning Herald has published a list of the 50 most expensive cities to live in, taking into account housing, transportation, and other expenses. San Francisco comes in at 34 while Los Angeles ranks 29. I’d like to know what they actually looked at for this because there’s no way SF is cheaper than LA. For reference, New York is number ten, and NYC, LA, and SF are listed as the top three in the US, in that order.