We LOVE our city, THE City – San Francisco!
San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California and the 14th most populous city in the United States, with a population around 805, 000. It’s one of the top tourist destinations in the world; renowned for its cable cars, cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the world’s crookedest street, Coit Tower, and the Chinatown district. We enjoy walking or biking around the city, hanging out with our friends, and going out to eat.
We’re city people all the way. We like knowing the small business owners that run the corner market, the sushi restaurant and the laundromat and saying hello to our neighbors. We also like being able to walk places and get around easily via buses, trains and trolly cars. The sense of community you get from living in a city is something that really resonates with us. We want our child to grow up in an environment that appreciates different cultures and beliefs. We believe that living in a big city is a great way to experience many different cultures and people. We love having lots of options when it comes to food and fun and we want to raise our children in The City.
For us, mass transit is not only a headache-free way to get around, but it’s also good for the environment. Our daily commutes to work, as well as our evening and weekend adventures, include bus rides, train rides and trips up and down the San Francisco hills in cable cars! As frequent mass transit riders we feel attached to the unique mass transit community, which includes people from all walks of life.
Not too worry, we have a car too, for those specials trips to Target and weekend trips to Napa, Sonoma and Half Moon Bay. Our car, who we named “Francis” (after Francis, the male lady bug in A Bugs Life), is a bright, cheery red Fiat. When we were considering buying the car we made sure we would be able to easily put a baby and a carseat in and out of the back seat. Sure, Francis is small, but he’s just the right size for The City.
Maybe it’s our family’s Midwest roots, but every once in awhile we enjoy driving (and flying) to the vineyards, beaches and mountains close by. It’s fun to explore the smaller towns in both Northern and Southern California. We also love being able to rent a house with Jay’s sister and brother-in-law and just chill out and explore the natural beauty of California with our nieces.
We’re currently renting a condo in a cute neighborhood with a dog park just down the street. We love the local restaurants and shops in our neighborhood and being able to just walk around the corner for Sunday brunch. One of our favorite places has outdoor seating which means we can bring Cody Monster with us!
Jay’s sister, his brother-in-law and our two nieces, Mia and Ellerie live just a short bus ride from our home. We often meet in our neighborhood (or theirs) for dinner or brunch.
We’ve made many new wonderful friends since moving to San Francisco and they’re all looking forward to welcoming our baby into their lives.
On any given weekend you can find us out and about exploring the city, trying new restaurants and enjoying the fantastic California weather. When we have a child in our home we plan to introduce them to all the different sights and sounds of San Francisco.