Some quick research revealed that we actually had 60-days under the city rules, but even that is hardly enough time to find a great apartment in this very expensive market. We spent all Friday on Craigslist. I was well enough on Saturday to spend the day in the car on an apartment hunt. There's no shortcut to finding a great city apartment, just a whole lot of driving around looking at open houses - some of which are as short as 15 minutes!
We toured six apartments on Saturday and drove by probably four others. Everything from pink-bathtubbed homes too far out in the fog to fancy high-rise apartments that were too small.
Rob and I left straight from the last open house at 4:30 to have dinner with Jean and Trent in Menlo Park. Homemade lasagna, salad and breadsticks. We sat around the fire laughing at the dogs.
I woke up Sunday with a terrible headache and proceeded to throw up all morning. Rob called the doctor and got strict instructions that I should spend the day drinking one sip of gatorade every 3 to 5 minutes. So, no apartment hunting. I watched Sleepless in Seattle and Something's got to Give, took naps and worked my way back to a hearty dinner of white rice.
I woke up Sunday morning feeling 100% better. Whatever I had, it was finally over. So, back out on the apartment hunt first thing in the morning. We looked at a place out in Little Russia and then drove all the way back to Dogpatch for a tour of apartments still under construction.
Our noon open house took us close to Nicole's apartment so we joined her for a sandwich lunch in the marina. Our next tour in Laurel Heights was a winner, the first apartment that we actually applied for. One more at 4:00 that we didn't like at all before driving home.
In an attempt to eek out a bit of Labor Day fun, Margaret came over for a big taco dinner. We walked to Whole Foods for chocolate ice cream, then called it a night. Rent prices are so high in the city right now that we may actually find a better deal buying a place. Rob has plans to talk to a mortgage broker tomorrow. The hunt continues!