Each day I realize anew how much I enjoy the urban lifestyle my husband and I are now leading since we moved to San Francisco in 2011. We've been here over 15 months, and it's hard to imagine living elsewhere.
My life in the suburbs was great--same town for 40 years; same house for 35 years. Wonderful neighbors, great schools, youth soccer, a yard large enough to attract my children's friends. But, that was then and this is now.
So, here are the Top 10 Things I Love About Living in San Francisco:
- I no longer feel guilty about ignoring my yard and garden. We're both busy working full-time, loving our work; the children are grown and have lives of their own; the once-loved yard was being ignored.
- I don't need to climb on the roof any more to string holiday lights or clean leaves out of the gutters. Been there, done that -- knees are stiffer now, and I really don't need to take a tumble.
- Living at our condo is so easy. We work long hours, but when we're home, we can sit back and enjoy life. Perhaps relax in the hot tub after dinner; or go downstairs to the gym if we choose; take a walk up and down the City hills; enjoy our friendly neighborhoods.
- Urban living promotes good health. We enjoy a healthy, natural lifestyle. We walk to the post office, dry cleaners, drug store, doctors' offices, nail salon, grocery stores, farmers' markets, library -- on and on goes the list. (Of course, I also walk to the cheese shop a bit too often!
- We've joined the Commonwealth Club. A 35-minute walk takes us to the Club's headquarters, where we've heard authors and politicians, scientists and volunteers speak on a wide range of topics. Who wouldn't be inspired hearing George Schultz, Sam Nunn and William Perry share their vision of unilateral nuclear disarmament and the world they wish to leave their children and grandchildren. Or Mayor Ed Lee bringing us up to speed with current trends and issues here in the City?
- We attend programs at the Jewish Community Center and the World Affairs Council -- stimulating, eclectic evenings learning about life today in Burma/Myanmar, Jews living in Cuba, Mountain Lake in San Francisco. Or we head to one of the many museums in the City.
- Musical venues surround us. The San Francisco Symphony and SF Opera are less than a 30-minute walk away. So easy to enjoy--no traffic or parking issues. Yoshi's jazz club and Club Fugazi (home to Beach Blanket Babylon) are easy bus rides away if we don't wish to walk.
- The cultural diversity is amazing. What an enriching experience this is, living as a part of so many different cultures and ages; learning from all; seeing the humanity shown towards the less fortunate among us.
- Fabulous restaurants surround us! Neighborhood restaurants are often less expensive than those in the suburbs, and the food is excellent.
- And--our ever-changing view!!
Let me know when you're ready to Live Your San Francisco Dream. Full-time or part-time, life is great here.