Janice might have found the boat of our dreams but I am the one that found our residence in Woodside, CA from 2012 – 2014. While Janice was in Alaska taking care of family business, I found the house we would live in for the next 2 years. If anyone has lived in the San Francisco Bay / Silicon Valley area, you will understand how difficult it is to purchase or rent anything, due to the 2nd .com boom. After scouring pretty much every online service, I came across this property and knew Janice would immediately fall in love! Why, you ask? THE WILDLIFE!
Over the past two years, we have seen absolutely everything right out our windows. The animals include: deer, racoons, foxes, owls, possums, weasels, tons of birds, and even coyotes that howl well into the night. I love the peace and quiet and the relative closeness to work and Janice being an animal lover, immediately fell in love with our extended family.
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However, there were some drawbacks to the property:
- We have very strange weather patterns being that we are on top of a hill with the ocean on one side and the bay on the other. It feels like it constantly rains in the morning and typically clears up around 10 – 11 when the clouds head back to the ocean.
- It is very remote. We have a local restaurant and a VERY small convenience store but the nearest grocery store is approximately 20 mins away.
- The crazy drive up the mountain. You definitely get used to it but many of my co-workers and relatives complain about the constant tourists, bicyclists, and the craziness of the road. There is at least one accident a week!
We absolutely loved living here (Janice’s all-time favorite so far) and it was really difficult to submit our moving notice:
I wanted to send you a formal notice that our last day at the residence of XXX will be on November 30, 2014. My wife and I have absolutely LOVED living here in Woodside and have been extremely happy with our decision to move into this house.
We are moving onto our boat in Florida and will start our voyage of sailing around the world. If it is possible, we would like for you to start showing on Nov. 1st as we will be in / out of the house moving stuff to our house in Southern California and making a couple of trips to the boat. I hope that is ok with you.
If you have any questions, please feel to reach out to me. Thanks so much in advance!
It truly was an experience that Janice and I will always remember!
I took the following video to capture my commute down the mountain on the way to work:
That said, the pros DEFINITELY outweighed the cons – 100:1. Woodside, you will be missed but really excited about what the future holds for the both of us!