Buying and Selling

C004A3A3-7663-4CE4-AA07-F7FEA4299F1EYou may remember in this post from December 19th I wrote, “…there’s a lot going on in my life right now. Some of it good. Some of it exciting. And, unfortunately, some of it not very good at all.” The “good” was that my wife and I are going to be grandparents. The “not very good” was that I would be having ear surgery around the end of the year. This post is about the “exciting.”

Our son and daughter-in-law both work and they have asked us, as well as our DIL’s parents, to help out with childcare after the baby is born. DIL’s parents live pretty close to where our son and his wife live, which is on the “East Bay.” But we live about 35 miles to the west, in San Francisco. And because we have to cross the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge, which is always jam-packed with traffic, it’s an onerous drive that typically takes us about 90 minutes each way.

So, we decided — okay, my wife decided — that we needed to sell our house in San Francisco and buy a new one on the East Bay. And we did! Well, we bought one on the East Bay and we will putting our San Francisco house on the market soon.

Our new place will be only 10 miles south of where our son lives — about a 15 to 25 minute drive. And with no damn bridge to cross to get there and back.

Living in the ‘burbs will be a whole lifestyle change for us. Where we live now in the city, we can walk to shops, restaurants, entertainment, or we can catch one of a number of buses if it’s a little too far to walk. We hardly drive our car anymore (except when we go visit our son and his wife).

Once we move, though, we’ll be car-dependent, as our new house is located a little over two miles from the “downtown” section of the town. Not walking distance to shops or restaurants. But we may buy a couple of electric bicycles so that, rather than always having to drive into town, we can bike without exhausting ourselves riding up and down the hilly terrain. Fun times ahead, huh?

Why am I telling you this? Because, it’s all happening very quickly. We have the final walkthrough of our new place next week and the closing the week after that. And we’ll be physically moving in early February. Between now and then we have a ton of work we need to do. We need to get our current house ready to be put on the market. We need to pack up all of our belongings, arrange for movers, get stuff we’ll need before we can move into the new place. It’s going to be hectic and time consuming.

Bottom line, I’ll be a bit less prolific on WordPress for the next month or so. I will still post my daily FOWC with Fandango prompts because I can schedule them weeks in advance.  But I’m not sure if I’ll be able to participate in too many other daily or weekly prompts or to keep up with all of your posts, as my days will mostly be taken up with move related tasks. I’ll do my best to respond to your comments on my posts, which should be easier for me to do because I won’t be posting as much as I usually do. And I’ll read as many of your posts as I can.

Anyway, this is just a heads up that for a while, anyway, you won’t be seeing as much of me as you’ve seen in the past. But once we’re settled into our new place, I plan to come roaring back.

56 thoughts on “Buying and Selling

  1. Paula Light January 10, 2020 / 6:52 am

    How exciting! I wish I lived closer to my granddaughter in Los Angeles ~ an hour’s drive from Orange County, on a good day. Hope everything goes smoothly! 😍

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  2. Stroke Survivor UK January 10, 2020 / 6:56 am

    So is your current place going to stand empty until you sell it? Is that common there? Hardly ever happens here – a few days, usually, at most. I remember with my place, the previous people left on a Friday and I started moving myself in the next day.

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    • Fandango January 10, 2020 / 7:04 am

      This is the first time we’ve done it this way, but the guy we bought the house from wanted a relatively quick close. We got what’s called a “bridge loan,” which will enable us to buy the new place before we sell our current place. Hopefully that won’t take too long.

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      • Stroke Survivor UK January 10, 2020 / 7:08 am

        Yeah, we have bridge loans here but they’re not very common. Mostly, people just get stuck in chains.

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  3. oneletterup January 10, 2020 / 7:01 am

    Good luck! I went through that several years ago. Sifting through so much “stuff” and “staging” the house for sale. Craziness! But, it will be so fun to be near your granddaughter – totally worth it 🙂
    I’ll look forward to the return of Friday Flashback!

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    • Fandango January 10, 2020 / 7:07 am

      They’re having a boy, so our grandson. I will try to still do Friday Flashback, but no guarantees until we’re all settled in.

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  4. newepicauthor January 10, 2020 / 7:25 am

    If there is anything that I can do to help, just let me know. Good luck with your new place.

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    • Fandango January 10, 2020 / 8:05 am

      Do you wanna buy a lovely home in San Francisco? I will try, as time permits, to continue to respond to your SLS prompts.

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      • newepicauthor January 10, 2020 / 8:24 am

        I like it hear in Florida and I realize that it will take you a while to get back into the swing of posting, as I remember living out of boxes for a month the last time that I moved. I am sure that you will eventually get settled and I am sure that the time it takes for you to start posting regularly will be well worth the wait.

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  5. Marleen January 10, 2020 / 9:35 am

    Excellent decision, certainly.

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  6. Sadje January 10, 2020 / 9:41 am

    Exciting news. Hope it goes smoothly.


  7. Jen Goldie January 10, 2020 / 10:56 am

    I hope everything goes smoothly, joyfully and peacefully for you and your family in the next few months and year. You have a lot on your plate my friend. Go gracefully and slowly on this journey. Take Good Care. 💜

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  8. Richmond Road January 10, 2020 / 12:04 pm

    For quite some time San Francisco was my home away from home. I lived in Bush St, just up above Union Square. My cousin lived (and still does) in Berkeley and we took it in turns to cross the bridge. I will continue to miss both sides of that bridge.

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    • Fandango January 10, 2020 / 7:00 pm

      I know the neighborhood you lived in, just south of Chinatown, right? As to that bridge, these days traffic is horrendous no matter what side of the bridge you’re on.

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      • Richmond Road January 10, 2020 / 10:45 pm

        Nob Hill, more or less. I only lived there a couple of days a week, but that came to a close about 3 months ago. Let me assure you that the Sydney Harbour Bridge is no better.

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        • Fandango January 10, 2020 / 11:14 pm

          Most urban bridges are pretty much miserable to drive across most hours of the day.


  9. kajmeister January 10, 2020 / 12:17 pm

    Congratulations on the move and welcome to the East Bay. I worked in the city for decades, but I’ve lived in various places among these foothills for most of my life. You’re exchanging fog in the summer for serious heat, cars instead of crowds, green instead of gray. You can’t walk to the store anymore, but because of the East Bay Regional Park District, there are thousands of acres of beautiful countryside to walk around in. We will eagerly await to hear more after you unload all the boxes.

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    • iidorun January 10, 2020 / 11:52 pm

      Congratulations! These are exciting changes and additions to your family! I used to live in San Jose and while I miss many things about the Bay Area, traffic was not one of them. You’ll get used to ‘burb living especially with a cute grandson to keep you distracted.

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  10. Suze January 10, 2020 / 2:34 pm

    may your belongings be packed with care and swiftness, your move done with ease, your house need nothing done to sell quickly and above asking price……may your grandchild be born easily and thrive…..and may you come back to the world of bloggery soon.

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    • Fandango January 10, 2020 / 7:30 pm

      Aw, what kind thoughts. Thank you, Suze!


  11. rugby843 January 10, 2020 / 3:40 pm

    I have no advice. My move six years ago still doesn’t make me happy. Good luck.

    Sent from my iPad


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  12. annieasksyou January 10, 2020 / 4:19 pm

    Whew! I was exhausted just reading through your to-do list. Exciting time for the Fandangos(?!)

    Isn’t property incredibly hot in SF? I’m betting the house will be sold pronto.

    Best wishes with your ReLo (I learned that from crossword puzzles) and of course with your imminent grand parenting. We’ll manage as best we can with you at whatever level of involvement fits your life-in-transition.

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    • Fandango January 10, 2020 / 10:01 pm

      Yes, the market in San Francisco is pretty hot, so I’m confident that our current house will sell quickly. Yay! And thanks, Annie, for your kind words!

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  13. Willow January 10, 2020 / 4:29 pm

    Good Luck with your move. I grew up a little north of San Francisco. I miss California, but not enough to move back. ^_^

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    • Fandango January 10, 2020 / 10:15 pm

      Ha! I will still be in California, but where the weather gets a little colder in the winter and much hotter in the summer than it does in San Francisco!


  14. slmret January 10, 2020 / 5:06 pm

    That all sounds very exciting. Years ago I said that everybody should move about every 5 years in order to keep from collecting too much junk — now 30 years after I bought this place, it’s going to be difficult to extricate myself! Hopefully you can do some downsizing as you pack for the move. There are some beautiful areas in the East Bay (my aunt lived in El Cerrito for many years) — I hope you will have a lovely home with a lovely view of the bay! And how nice that you will be a short distance from your family. Will look forward to hearing how things progress.

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    • Fandango January 10, 2020 / 10:23 pm

      We’ll be too far east to have views of the Bay, but we will have nice views of Mount Diablo.


  15. cagedunn January 10, 2020 / 7:04 pm

    I cross my fingers for a smooth move — always rains when we move house, especially on the day the furniture is delivered — no dark nights or waterless days, beds set up first, kitchen second, and always remember the rule: what happens during the move doesn’t count towards the demerits!
    And enjoy the new bundle of joy!

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    • Fandango January 10, 2020 / 10:34 pm

      Thanks, Cage. I will be very happy once the move is over and we’re at least somewhat settled in. I wonder if I still remember how to hold an infant!

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      • cagedunn January 10, 2020 / 10:43 pm

        We never forget how to protect the fragile life of a baby.

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  16. Marilyn Armstrong January 10, 2020 / 7:10 pm

    I remember the Bay Bridge. I worked for EBMUD (from Boston) for two years. They are the Oakland water and sewer department, in case you didn’t know that. I came back to Boston exactly 18 hours before the earthquake broke the bridge, which was a pretty eerie experience and made me surprisingly un-eager to move to the west coast. I would have been on that bridge except i came down with the flu and left a day early.

    Even with the driving, it really is easier to NOT live in the city. You always think you’re going to visit the city often. For a long time we did, but gradually as we’ve gotten older and the traffic has gotten worse and worse — what was an hour and bit to drive is now three hours or more any time but extremely early in the morning or in the middle of the night. And parking is bizarrely expensive. Sometimes, your parking costs more than the event you are attending.

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    • Fandango January 10, 2020 / 10:36 pm

      We should be able to take BART when we want to go into the city. I don’t think, once we move, we’ll be driving there too often.


  17. Irene January 11, 2020 / 10:36 am

    What an exciting way to start 2020 with a bang! All the best for the move, welcoming your grandchild, and all the rest involved!

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  18. leigha66 January 11, 2020 / 10:24 pm

    That is exciting news! It does sound like you have it all planned out well, right down to the electric bikes to travel into town. May your move go smoothly!

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