Ok, I am about to give up. My conditions for an apartment are too strict, and I cannot find anything that matches the criteria. Besides, I don’t have time to continue looking: I have to be out of my current apartment by the end of the month, and the Thanksgiving weekend is going to cause a huge hole in my schedule.
I still have a lot of furniture that does me no good. Have to get rid of it, since all apartments I can find are tiny. Must be a San Francisco thing. Or maybe it’s that the bigger apartments have all no cats policies.
That turns out to be the biggest problem. Cats (and dogs even worse) reduce the ability to get an apartment by a factor of 1:5. That’s a far cry from the good old times in Germany, where it was recognized as a human right that having a pet was soothing for the soul.