Nicole Jones lost her job when she was pregnant with her now 18-month-old daughter, which caused her to also lose her apartment.
Jones found work again, but between costs for daycare and transportation, and San Francisco’s skyrocketing rent prices, the only living space she can afford is a small converted garage for $1000 a month. Jones lives in San Mateo, a city in the San Francisco Bay Area’s Silicon Valley, where the average rent is now $3,608, according to Zillow.com.
It’s pretty normal for parents to chose to live in neighborhoods that have better schools or are closer to their work, and though she doesn’t directly address the reasoning, we’re guessing that’s why Jones decided to stay in such a pricey area.
“This was pretty much the only thing I could get. There’s no playing sports, or doing little soccer games down the hallway, because this is it. What you see is what you get.”
The 250-square-foot garage has a small toilet and stand-up shower, but the rest of the unit is exactly what you would expect from a single-car garage. In an attempt to make it more comfortable, Jones installed hardwood floors and a gas fire. The only way to get in and out of the unit is to open up the garage door — putting her entire “apartment” on display.
Jones is now pregnant with a son, saying that she’s nervous, excited, but also frightened.
“I have to know that this is my life, this isn’t just a story that I tell. This is really happening. And I don’t want things to get worse than they already are. I barely got into this garage, and I’m so happy to have it.”
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[via Daily Mail]