Living the San Francisco Dream


Loving my San Francisco home

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. I drive up Van Ness Avenue approaching my little condo, I'm relaxed and happy, glad to be 'home.'

bedroom at our condo

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!

light on Russian Hill

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!

condo with view


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.


--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Peninsula Living Business Page



Comment balloon 12 commentsLottie Kendall • October 30 2013 12:26PM


Lottie-I can sympathize with the travel challenges in the SF area. Sounds like you've found your little slice of paradise in your condo.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) almost 7 years ago

Lottie, I LOVE your place.  When I moved last, we downsized (yeah right) to a 2 bedroom home.  It is still over 1800 square feet.  What we always talk about missing the most is this little 800 square foot one bedroom house I had when we first met and how simple our lives were then.  I am about ready to go back to that.  I hate housework, and you said it....less to clean.  I would rather be out doing stuff.

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) almost 7 years ago

Wayne, traffic isn't much fun anywhere, no exception here. But heading back to my little condo makes me happy.

Jean, I hear you!!!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

Lottie - I remember when you were making the move--it looks lovely.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 7 years ago

I loved living in San Francisco myself and I know what a great city it is in which to live, continue to enjoy.

Posted by Scott Larson, Park City, Utah Real Estate News (BHHS/Utah Properties) almost 7 years ago

Lottie, we actually considered doing the same thing - but, ultimately opted to build another home in the city!  When I'm doing yardwork and paying a painter to re-paint exterior trim, I'll be thinking of you - wondering if we should have made that same decision!  :-)

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 7 years ago
Lottie, totally agree, at least I found it out a number of years ago. For 2 years we left our suburban home and moved to Waikiki and lived in a studio condo in the then tallest building. Way up on a highest floor overhanging the Waikiki Ala Wai Canal, I had to adjust. Yep, 45 days of inner tears. I wanted to go 'back home.' I missed my suburban Chicagoland big house. What a surprise, Lottie! Loved the simplicity of my two years. Simplicity and less clutter and 'stuff.' Now we had TIME - time to enjoy the precious little things in life which by the way, I came to realize are the important things of life. Lots of wonderful memories of those 2 years when we lived in a studio condo surrounded with super amenities. That too, became HOME and we return often. Thank you for sharing. You have a lovely home. Have a blessed holiday season.
Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) almost 7 years ago

I've been to your place and remember the spectacular views, great surrounding neighborhood, and strong sense of security.  I even remember the "guy" on that one building nearby :)

You've got a great home up there!

Posted by Bryan Robertson almost 7 years ago

Norma, I enjoy it as much, if not more, than ever.

Scott, always something new to see/do/experience/learn about.

Debe--you'll know when the time is right. Meanwhile, I'm sure you're enjoying your own beautiful spot.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

Jane, thanks for sharing your experience. Going to a studio would be tough--our condo is very spacious compared to that, but still, the simplified life with time to enjoy what's around us is working very well for us. I suspect Chicago would have some condos that might suit you if you decide to give it another go.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

Hi Bryan -- is that the billboard guy? It changes often - now I'm getting subliminal messages to buy a Rolex for the holidays! (Doesn't work on me--I'm tough!)

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 7 years ago

"The right place at the right time", I love that.  I feel that way also.  I'm exactly where I belong.  Thanks for posting to the contest.

Posted by Liz Wallace, Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N (Century 21 Sherlock Homes) almost 7 years ago