Since the beginning of October, when Liz Wallace first posed her question asking us what 'home' means to us, I've been thinking, thinking about how much I love my San Francisco home and why.
Much of my work is based in the Silicon Valley and on the San Francisco Peninsula. Driving on congested freeways can be taxing and the days are often long. But...as I drive up Van Ness Avenue approaching my little condo, I'm relaxed and happy, glad to be 'home.'
After living in the same suburban house for 35 years, we made a switch to a small (about 1100 sq.ft.) 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo in the heart of San Francisco.
Some reasons it is so enjoyed:
- the small size makes caring for it simple
- having less 'stuff' simplifies life
- not having exterior maintenance is a nice change
- we walk almost everywhere, to the symphony and opera, to dinner, to run our errands, to the library, to farmers' markets--the list goes on
- the neighborhoods of San Francisco are friendly and unique
- the open space and parkland in San Francisco is fantastic
- we have a hot tub, swimming pool and small gym on site, as well as parking!
- and.......the ever-changing view!
It's hard to feel any discontent, hard to think what would improve my home. I suppose, if I were given to wishing for things I didn't have I would order up a gas kitchen; a gas-log fireplace; and a terrace where I could grow herbs and a few other things. but, I happily will trade a hot tub for a fireplace; a garden allotment (I'm on the waiting list) at Fort Mason for a terrace; a husband who cooks for a gas stove!
I often tell my buyers that, although they'll compromise when buying property, that no property has everything, at the end of the day I want them to feel that sense of "rightness" as they approach home--I want them to feel happy that they are 'home."
That's exactly the way I feel, loving my home, knowing I'm in the right place at the right time, knowing I'm living my San Francisco dream.
Not much can beat that!
There really is no place like home.