Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Affordable, Schmaffordable

Just for fun --- or perhaps pathological and obsessive procrastination --- I have been checking out the rental and house market for the bay area. My actual plan is to crash with family, but I can't stop my self and my time-wasting. And the more I look around, the more I think this whole idea of moving back to be with family and then try to get a job is a terrible idea. What was I thinking? Sure, there's no jobs around here, but the cost of living is only unaffordable instead of "We have beaten out Manhattan for expensiveness." Ugh. Anyway, I was tooling around, procrastinating, and found the perfect cheap place. And in San Francisco, too!

Take a look at what will set me back only 288,000!

I love the pink wallpaper.

But, you know, that's still a bit of a stretch for me, financially, and unlike some fashionistas, I define "the Bay Area" more widely. What about the other side of the bay, sunny Oakland???

I found this lovely location on Zillow for only 60K that really puts the oaks in Oakland:

Good thing we're in a drought, inorite!?! Cause there doesn't appear to be any actual buildings there. Even if I could push a trailer or something up to the top, it might just roll back down. But it gets much warmer on the other side of the bay so I'm sure camping out with my cats and pissing in a portapotty would be totally doable. Although probably against housing regulations. And possibly dangerous if I put the portajohn at the bottom of the hill and then needed to roll down the hillside for a middle-of-the-night bathroom break.

Ohhhh, people, I'm so fucked.


Fie upon this quiet life! said...

That hill looks like the perfect place for a Hobbit hole. The 288K place is such a great fixer-upper. /snark.

I miss the BA. I don't miss the financial burden. :( I really wish the timing were better because we'll be searching/hiring next year at HU. (Not that anyone would want to work here, but ya know...) I am so sorry about what you're going through, and I hope that something works out. :(

Notorious Ph.D. said...

I'm thinking "treehouse." But "hobbit hole" is even better.

Contingent Cassandra said...

I live in a very high cost of living area (not as bad as NY or the Bay Area, but close), and moved back here in part because of family connections, and, well -- if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't, because the high cost of housing in relation to the salary of any kind one can make as an academic is a very real problem (for my tenure-track colleagues as well as for me, and of course far more so for my part-time contingent colleagues). The one upside is that there are a number of different employment opportunities in the area. I'm not sure it's all that easy to find somewhere with a better balance (lower cost of living, still plenty of job possibilities), but, if you could find one, and since you're relocating anyway. . . .not an easy choice, but perphaps still one worth considering.

Susan said...

Well, that first one would keep you busy, and stop you worrying about employment. . . Totally a fixer upper!