San Carlos, California, is a great place to live, raise a family, enjoy the beauty and benefits of living on the San Francisco Peninsula. I know--I've lived 35 years in the same house, 40 years in the town. It was a great fit for me--fabulous hiking, a friendly neighborhood, charming downtown, great rec center classes of all types, good schools--the list goes on.
However, lives change, needs change, desires change. At some point, it's time for big change. Two weeks ago my husband and I finally moved to our condo in San Francisco!
This is a move we'd planned long in advance. Close to 3 years ago we stumbled across the perfect place for us, not intending to buy, but this one place stayed in our minds for the next couple of months. One day we decided to take the plunge; prices had declined, the market had slowed--but the listing was withdrawn. A call to the Realtor confirmed that it was his own place and he hadn't succeeded in selling it. We structured an off-market sale and finally owned it. Since we still had a teen at home, we weren't ready to move, so found great tenants and waited.
In August our tenants left; our granddaughter had headed off to college a few months earlier -- our time is here! We're as happy as can be, enjoying our new urban lifestyle. Work continues; Gene telecommutes 2 days a week and heads to Sunnyvale the other 3--I hope he can switch the ratio next year. 40 minutes takes me to my San Carlos office; you'll still find me enjoying my work on the Peninsula and in Silicon Valley. That won't change, I just spend my nights elsewhere!