Of course I have also wanted to live in London, the Cotswolds, Zurich, Key West, Mendocino, New York and a long list of other places that have captured my heart.
But San Francisco is a place that has always made me wonder what it must be like to live in this beautiful, vibrant city. So I did. Sort of.
My home away from home for four great days was the Loft on Lombard. Located at the foot of Telegraph Hill and historic Coit Tower, this condo is part of the worldwide selection of great places that HomeAway offers that make you feel like you are living like a local no matter where you travel. It is the best way to really feel like you are part of a city for a few days.
Offering all of the amenities of a high rise city lifestyle, this warm and comfortable 600-plus square foot loft gave me a peak of the Bay Bridge. Across the street is the historic Del Monte building. It was the best reservation I have ever made. For me, it is always about the décor, wherever I go. This little slice of San Francisco had it all. A terrific window seat that frames the window and views. A contemporary kitchen with state of the art appliances and Ceasarstone countertops. The living room has high ceilings and contemporary furnishings. There are lots of books on architecture and art. I was right at home.
It was only a short two block walk to the cable car and from here I could go anywhere. China Town. Union Square. I left the car in the garage and walked to Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli square, the Embarcadero, Pier 39. Five minutes from my favorite Fog City Diner. I went to the market. Walked the streets. Ate seafood on the Wharf. Felt like a local. I liked it.