(GQ like question, but it seems pretty mundane) …
So here’s the thing … lately I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the possibility of moving back to the west coast – maybe within the next year or two (once the kids graduate HS), so just for poops and chuckles I was persusing Craigslist to see what the rental situation is these days in the Bay Area, where I used to live.
Am I reading things right? I see 3BR condos for rent on the peninsula for $1000. I see houses for rent in Oakland for $600. I see a townhouse in Bernal Heights for $500. As far as I can tell these are all monthly listings, not weekly. Did I click on a joke site by accident? Is it really Gregslist I’m on? Or did I accidently click the link for San Francisco, Puerto Rico?
Have the rents in the bay area really plummetted that much in the 10 years since I lived there? Fuck man, we had a studio apartment in the city for $1200 in 1999! Goddamn, my rent in Maine is $650 for a 1BR!
Something just doesn’t seem right. Either that, or I’m moving back to Cali next fucking week!
What’s the story?