Name: Emily Billings, Max Shay, and cat, Lorelei
Location: Woodside, California
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: Seven months, renting
I can't help but read real estate and rental listings the way the rest of the world reads the daily news. I have a knack for finding homes my partner, Max, and I could only afford if we subsisted solely on rice and beans. While it's almost always wildly impractical, Max politely indulges my fixation before inevitably bringing us both back to reality. "It's definitely gorgeous, and it's definitely 200 miles away." Yet sometimes the perfect house presents itself; and just six months after you move across the country to San Francisco you find yourself breaking your lease and moving 30 miles south to an A-frame nestled among the redwoods.