We were so lucky to buy our first home last year. Our top priority while hose hunting was finding the right place to start our family. We fell in love with our home right away! It is filled with lots of light, has a fenced in garden, and is located in a diverse, child-friendly neighborhood in a great school district. All of the bedrooms are on the same level, and there is a bedroom right next door to our master bedroom that will be perfect for our new baby. We have already hung the first piece of art in the room, a beautiful painting of whales and ocean life. This painting was one of our first joint purchases and holds special meaning to us both.
Our home has an open floor plan. Bronwyn is a busy bee and this layout allows her to move from room to room doing various household chores. Anjali’s favorite things to do at home are cooking, listening to music, and catching up on current events. When Anjali can get Bronwyn to sit down, we love to catch up on TV or watch a movie.
We love spending time outside on our patio while we barbecue or sit and admire the birds. One of the first things we did when we moved in was plant plenty of trees and flowers to make our yard bright. Coming from Philadelphia, we were excited to take advantage of the California climate and grow our own fruits and vegetables. While we are still gardening beginners, we did just find the very first lime on our tree!
We love our new neighborhood. We have friendly neighbors, many of whom are families with young children. We live close to two elementary schools (with great playgrounds) and belong to a tennis club right down the street that has a beautiful child-friendly swimming pool. We can’t wait to go play and swim with our child. We live close to the University of California at Berkeley and can take advantage of all of the on-campus events, especially the sports.
Living in the Bay Area has been wonderful. We love the diversity of people and cultures and the ability to explore so many new restaurants and museums. We are also enjoying the natural beauty of the Bay Area. We consider ourselves pretty spontaneous–we are always up for a scenic road trip, a weekend getaway, or a breathtaking hike.