Should I stay or should I go? An Introduction.

7 thoughts on “Should I stay or should I go? An Introduction.”

  1. Thanks for starting this conversation! We’ve lived in the city for 10+ years and now have 3 kids under 5. We love how much the city offers families and couples and feel lucky to be able to afford it for now (and have no plans to leave). That said, the kindergarten admissions process stands on the horizon (I’ve found it’s definitely possible to be happy in small living quarters; it’s a matter of attitude and attempting to simplify / reduce possessions). Since school acceptances are largely out of our control, we’re going with the flow and staying open to where-ever the process leads us. As our preschool director often says to our kids, “you get what you get and you don’t get upset,” so we’re embracing the city but staying open to the fact that she may prove to be “just not that into us” at some point! Hopefully she just doesn’t decide to break up with us via text message, if she decided to break up with us at all. In the meantime, I’m not giving up on a long and happy marriage in and to this lovely city!

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  2. Nice blog CityMouseSF! What’s interesting is this next generation of families strive to have exactly what you have. They are not interested in living in the suburbs like our parents once did. They want the ability to walk to a coffee shop, meet with friends, walk to green spaces and enjoy the outdoors. San Francisco is all of this and more. In fact, urbanism is the new trend which is what draws you. In fact, SF is that perfect urban city… except for the price. Unfortunately, it seems to be the cost of living that is the barrier to a sustainable base of local friends. But, I suspect that base of urbanites will soon settle in SF like yourself and this blog will be nothing but a point in time. You should stay!

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  3. Colleen,

    Hold on, we are coming…
    …in 2020.

    These are great questions and ones Monisha and I spend a lot of time on.

    Singapore was just rated the world’s most expensive city by EIU. Housing and education will become 60% of our costs in a few years when the three kids under five hit the full tuition cost.

    We also have the same situation of friends cycling in and out and being in constant social rebuilding mode.

    That said, if you want to stay in a high cost housing and education environment, the amount you have to earn before taxes is usually a big number which means a 60 hour a week, travel 40% of the time type of job.

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