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Jun 18

A 420-Square-Foot Studio Is Small, But Comes With a View — House Tour

Name: Kirstie Maryott
Location: Lower Pacific heights — San Francisco, California
Size: 420 square feet
Years lived in: Rented 2 years

Kirstie has bounced around from state to state the past few years of her life, including stops in Colorado, Virginia and Georgia. A California native, she has called the Bay Area home for the last two years, where she lives in a charming studio on the top floor of a building in the Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood. “This little studio has been a great place to call home during my time in San Francisco,” Kirstie said.

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Jun 18

Think SF Real Estate Is Scary? This City Is Even Worse

If you listen closely, you’ll hear something booming in the Silicon Valley—and no, it’s not just the sound of blockchain capital exchanging hands or tech bros downing Soylent. What’s booming far louder than anywhere else in the U.S. is San Jose, California’s real estate market: According to a recent report by Zillow, home values are rising the fastest in San Jose, at a remarkable 26.2% change year over year to a median value of $1,263,900, the highest in the nation.

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May 18

5 Roommates, 0 Closets and Lots of Clever Storage Solutions in San Francisco — House Tour

Name: Shelbie Engelgau, Blake Cox, MJ Tantingco, Myles Huff (and fifth roommate Brian, who isn’t featured in the tour)
Location: Oceanview — San Francisco, California
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months, rented

Shelbie’s move into this San Francisco apartment required no driving: She and her roommates only had to schlep their furniture up a small flight of stairs from the unit below into this newly remodeled four-bedroom upstairs unit. Quite the upgrade from the two-bedroom apartment she squeezed into with her boyfriend Blake and their friends MJ and Myles…for two years! Not surprisingly, after the upstairs unit opened up, they jumped on it. “It was a super easy transition and kind of bizarre at first since all of the fixtures and furnishings were basically the same,” Shelbie says. “Our good friends moved into our old spot, and now our life is basically a sitcom.”

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Apr 18

A Swoon-Worthy San Francisco Home with Killer Views — House Tour Greatest Hit

Name: Leo and Daniel
Location: Dolores Heights — San Francisco, California
Size: 1,250 square feet
Years lived in: Rented 2.5 years

Leo and Daniel consider themselves fortunate to live in a stunning, spacious San Francisco apartment overlooking the city’s skyline. Daniel’s parents own the building, so he and his sister (who lives in the unit above the couple) got first dibs. There are many advantages to this set-up, one being that Leo and Daniel had complete freedom when renovating and customizing the space. The end result of the huge project was a beautiful, modern blank canvas that the couple can fill with their growing furniture collection, as well as art from their closest friends.

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Apr 18

A "Laid-Back Glamorous" San Francisco Studio — House Tour

Name: Kym Pesola
Location: Lower Pacific Heights — San Francisco, California
Size: 400 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting

“I wouldn’t say ‘no’ to a real dining table and more space, but it’s actually cozy to gather around on the floor and the sofa when friends come to visit.” In one sentence, media relations manager Kym Pesola sums up big pros and cons of studio apartment living: the intimacy it can offer and the lack of space. So she made the best out of her home by dividing it to suit all her needs (even squeezing in a keyboard). Although Kym claims decorating didn’t come naturally to her at first, she’s clearly a master of it now: her small studio is a study in sophisticated glam and laid back functionality.

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Mar 18

An Absolutely Adorable 400-Square-Foot San Francisco Studio — House Tour

Name: Adrianne Hawthorne
Location: Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco
Size: 400 square feet
Years Lived In: Renting 1.5

Adrianne’s studio apartment, perched high up in a Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, is an oasis of color and unique details. The thoughtfulness of each item placed in her home isn’t surprising; Adrianne works as a visual designer by trade!

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Mar 18

Take a Peek Into This Serene San Francisco Apartment — House Tour

Name: Mohammad and Rachael Gorjestani
Location: Western Addition — San Francisco, California
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, rented

Mohammad and Rachel’s San Francisco apartment is so cozy and serene, it’s easy to forget that it’s right next to a busy intersection at the center of the city. The original hardwood floors add warmth to the space, and the view of greenery in their spacious backyard (a true luxury in San Francisco) is beautiful. They realize they’re lucky to have stumbled upon this apartment after a long tedious search. “We knew exactly the kind of apartment we wanted, but given the housing crisis and crazy costs of San Francisco, it took a while to find a place that fit the bill and we could afford,” they say. “We got very lucky!”

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Dec 17

A Teeny But Impressively Organized Studio Apartment — House Call

“When I decided I was ready to live on my own after years of living with roommates, I needed a place where I could continue to have dinner parties and space for guests to feel comfortable — but finding that at an affordable price point in San Franciso is challenging,” writes Chelsea Drenick. “I work as a structural engineer, and have an eye for space planning, and decided to hunt for a studio apartment where I could make a real separation between a sleeping space and an entertaining space. When I saw this place, measured the closet, and determined my bed could fit in it, I knew it was perfect. Even though I live in a studio, I can have several friends over without them ever feeling like they are in my bedroom, and my small couch pulls out into a bed so I can even host an overnight guest.”

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Dec 17

An Airbnb Content Manager's Chic San Francisco Studio — House Tour

Name: Holly
Location: The Mission — San Francisco, California
Size: 650 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

The first thing you notice when you open the door to Holly’s apartment in San Francisco’s popular Mission neighborhood is the light in the hallway that runs two-thirds of the length of the space. Windows all along the right side — some stained glass — make it feel very airy and ethereal. And the style with which she chooses to adorn the walls — delicate, simple, and thoughtful — spills into the whole apartment. Overall, her place gives off a bit of a Parisian vibe, which is ironic, since when I mentioned my impression, Holly said she’s never actually been to Paris. Though as a Content Manager at Airbnb, she’s likely seen a lot of the style that goes into Parisian homes as she goes about her daily work.

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Nov 17

A Pinterest Employee's 232-Square-Foot San Francisco Studio — House Tour

Name: Cindy Zhang
Location: Soma — San Francisco, California
Size: 232 square feet
Years lived in: Rented less than 1 year

Finding a nice, affordable apartment has become a challenge for anyone moving to San Francisco. When Cindy moved in 2016 from San Diego, she was super happy to find a cute little studio in the hip neighborhood of Soma. A mix of new buildings and old warehouses, housing mostly start-ups, Soma is quickly becoming a residential neighborhood.

Cindy’s studio shows you don’t have to live in a huge space to live comfortably. She drew inspiration from Scandinavian design, contemporary typography and vintage posters to decorate her small home. But she also heavily considered furniture shapes and sizes to complement the layout of her studio; Cindy’s small studio actually feels quite spacious. And she’s carved out dedicated areas for work, relaxing, hosting friends, and even for her beloved piano. Besides working at Pinterest, she is also a proud member of the band Mino.

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