Here are the first photos of the outside of the house, taken during the open house organized by the real estate agent.

How do you like that gigantic Yuca and bed of ivy (that turned out to be infested with rats)? Or those nice AC units sticking out through the walls (interestingly we will discover later that with proper insulation and a white roof this house required zero air conditioning in the Bay Area climate)?

There are a couple of trees to save: 2 great old Santa Rosa plum trees, one young loquat. But the rest is unfortunately just overgrown pittosporum bushes and invasive species.

Looking back at these pictures I truly wonder what went through our heads when we signed up for this house…

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