San Francisco is known as one of the most expensive cities in America to live in and rents are prohibitive for many working couples. While some move to Oakland or farther afield, one couple solved the rent problem in a very creative way. They have a water view, now, and can change that view whenever they like. Here’s their story as published SFGate.
by Kristin Hanes (This story first appeared in The Wayward Home.)
Getting ahead in San Francisco is never easy. Even if you work a full-time job. For 4.5 years, Audrey and Garrett Ruhland rented a 385-square foot Nob Hill apartment. Until they decided enough was enough.
“Everything – from rent, to groceries to transportation, to dining out – was a money suck,” said Audrey. “And our apartment was so small! We went into that living situation knowing it was going to be expensive – but we got frustrated by how much we were paying for how little.”
The two started sailboat shopping before they ever thought about living aboard. But soon after they bought the 35′ Rafiki sailboat, they decided to give up the apartment life.
“It’s been my husband’s dream to live on a sailboat for quite some time,” said Audrey. “Since we don’t have kids and don’t own a house, now seemed like the right time to do it. It also seemed like a great way to save money.” Read more.