They say money is the root of all evil…

It’s Jen. I feel like I haven’t sat down at a computer without checking Craigslist in the past four days. Jason and I have pretty much decided that the Mission and Noe Valley will be our target neighboorhoods, the main reasons being that they’re pretty conveniently located to the BART and they’re two of the sunniest neighborhoods in the city. (If you’re thinking, ‘Sunny? What do you mean? It’s California—all the neighborhoods are sunny!’ think again. San Francisco is home to a bunch of crazy microclimates, so while some neighborhoods tend to be sunny and warm, others are really foggy. And I don’t do foggy.) One thing I’ve realized while clicking through Craigslist, however, is that not nearly enough of the rent prices listed in the postings start with the number “1″ (i.e. it may prove to be quite a challenge finding what we what, where we want, for under $2,000 a month).

We’re heading into the city to start looking at apartments tomorrow, and so far it’s looking like we’re definitely going to have to drop at least one item from our wishlist. One of the places is close to the BART, has a shared, coin-operated washer and dryer in the building, and is dog-friendly—not to mention has an amazing (and huge) garden outside—but doesn’t include parking. It’s a little pricey, at $1,875 a month, but I’m already in love with it just based on the pictures in the ad. Plus it’s still cheaper than one of the other places we want to check out. Option #2 is also close to BART (though it’s near a different station than option #1), includes an enclosed parking space, and has a washer and dryer in the unit (in the unit!). Even wireless internet is part of the package. That said, it’s $1,950 a month, and pets are verboten. See what I mean?

Wish us luck!

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