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Old 06-17-2015, 11:18 AM   #26
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Re: Apartment / Roommate Hunting

I figured it would be zoning/covenant issues. Thought that SF may be one of the few places able to overcome that.

I didn't know that tiny condos were a thing now. Guess that makes sense.
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:25 AM   #27
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Re: Apartment / Roommate Hunting

ITT SF residents ***** about their lifestyle choices.
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:57 AM   #28
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Herbert: starter homes around here start around $500k.
Figured it would be expensive, but not nearly that high. WOW.
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:17 PM   #29
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Re: Apartment / Roommate Hunting

OP,

Sounds like you need to move out of SF or get a higher paying job

In guessing you're a server or work in retail. If so, there'll be plenty of those types of jobs to find in the East Bay with rent being relatively more affordable.

Sounds like you're simply priced out of the City to me. Paying ~1/3 of your annual wages before taxes sounds miserable. Especially if you can avoid it by simply moving 10-20 miles to the right on a map.

Or, go to school, get a degree and get a job in tech, finance, etc.

Good luck.

Edit: there's also a room available in a Santa Rosa condo "owned" by a drug addicted gambler if that's more your style. PM wiper or Greear10 if interested in details.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:40 PM   #30
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Re: Apartment / Roommate Hunting

Pretty clear OP should move out of SF since he can't afford to live there, barring a sudden lucrative career change. Equally clear that's not happening anytime soon. Forecast calls for a continued unhappy (but reasonably comfortable) existence at parent's house, with a slight chance of nightmare multiple roommate scenario in cramped quarters and/or squalor.
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Old 06-17-2015, 04:36 PM   #31
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Micro housing is picking up in Seattle but it pisses off the neighbors when population densities triple or more in older neighborhoods. http://www.seattlepi.com/local/artic...to-5486211.php

http://www.seattlemag.com/article/ar...-neighborhoods
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Old 06-18-2015, 01:13 AM   #32
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I figured it would be zoning/covenant issues. Thought that SF may be one of the few places able to overcome that.

I didn't know that tiny condos were a thing now. Guess that makes sense.
You can't get around covenants unless you get everyone in the development to agree. If you lived in a neighborhood with a 2000 sq ft house, do you really want someone putting up a tiny house next to yours?
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Old 06-28-2015, 05:23 AM   #33
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While looking for a place to live for the past couple weeks in the SF Bay area, I've noticed an interesting phenomenon. There will be fairly large 3 or 4 bedroom houses or townhouses, where every bedroom is rented. It's not a homeowner that's picking up a little extra scratch like AirBnB, they are renting out every room except theirs, and sometimes all of the rooms are rented out. I think people are running out, getting a mortgage, buying a house with $4000 payments, and then renting out 4 bedrooms for $1250 each. What a nice deal if you can qualify for the mortgage. There's so much demand for (almost) affordable housing that the property owner can be confident that the house will fill up quickly.
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:09 AM   #34
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Re: Apartment / Roommate Hunting

I lived in SF about 15 years ago and the ridiculous rent is what forced me to get out. If I were you, OP, I'd focus my search outside the city. Berkeley, maybe. South SF. As long as you can hop on BART you're good. If you're dead set on staying in the city, I'd suggest focusing on the Mission District, or maybe getting a place with a bunch of roommates. Craigslist is a good resource for roommates.
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