There's a lot of color in San Francisco's Mission District. Sometimes it comes courtesy of the profanity-laced ramblings you might be subjected to on a typical walk up the street, but mostly it's in the form of brightly hued murals and welcoming storefronts that dot the neighborhood. Either way, it adds up to the character of the area that, bless it, we've come to love.
Halloween has come and gone, but if you're still looking for a good scare the city's spookiest spots remain to creep you out for the rest of the year. Case in point: this week's Craigslist Deal, located in the new Presidio Landmark. It may look as lovely as can be now (hardwood floors! washer and dryer in unit! a hot tub out back!), but drive by before the renovation and the former Public Health Service Hospital could make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
Most studio kitchens are meager, to say the least; a small chunk of the wall with a few plates-worth of cabinets, a sink, a wisp of a stove, and virtually no counter space to devote to actually preparing a meal. On the other hand, find a studio that's big enough to actually cook in, and who wants to? When that quick sole meunière is bound to spend at least a week hanging out in your nearby sheets and pillows, it's just not worth the effort.
It's thanks to HGTV that I'm aware of the country's fascination–nay, obsession–with granite countertops. Every show features someone or another insisting upon nothing else gracing their kitchen. And once a property is found with gleaming swathes of the stuff, you can practically hear the potential owners purring with content.
So it's for all of you out there with similar proclivities that I offer this week's Craigslist Deal. See that counter? It's granite, people! And brand new. You could hack at that thing with a cleaver for hours and it'll still look all shiny and, um, granite-like.
Everyone has their personal Holy Grail of apartment amenities–you know, that perfect combination of home features that always seems to elude you in your hunt. For me, it's a place with hardwood floors that allows doggies. For under $2000, it's surprisingly hard to find. But today it caught my eye like a needle glimmering in a stack of hay; yes, this week's Craigslist Deal has got all my requirements, and then some.
While the idea of setting off sans roommate and renting a studio of your own can at times sound sweet (usually when you'd prefer to watch "Jersey Shore" sans judgement), the dilemma remains: Do you really want to sleep in the middle of your living room?
Individual character. It may be an easy trait to come by in San Francisco residents, but finding an apartment with it is one tall order. Despite the many architecturally attractive exteriors around town, so often the interiors of those unique old buildings are poorly updated, zapping their individuality with bad carpet and poor overhead lighting, and turning them into another one of those blah spaces you were hoping to avoid.
We like to keep our apartment finds as low as possible, but sometimes looks–not to mention neighborhoods–conspire against us. Such was the case on both fronts with this weeks Craigslist Deal. It's a little bit pricier than the usual, but given the location and sharp interior (that comes fully furnished, in addition) we'd still say it's a steal.
Like all living things, humans are dependent on the sun. Hard to believe, living in this city, right? If the fog doesn't squelch those golden rays, your railroad-style apartment most certainly will. Instead, pick a place like this week's Craigslist Deal that makes sure to let every sparkling drop of sunshine in.
After a blissful long weekend vacation, sometimes the return to S.F. can be a bit of a rude awakening. Come home from a relaxing wine country excursion to find yourself in the midst of a screaming match on Haight, and you wonder why it is you ever left that quiet, sunny vineyard at all. (Can you tell I'm speaking from personal experience?) Yeah, living in the city is the best, but sometimes city living gets old.