You’ve heard the nightmare stories of the high cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Even this falling-down San Francisco shack for $350,000 was snapped up for well above asking price. But we found at least one Berkeley, CA, couple who opted out of the high-priced game, going instead the DIY route to build a tiny home—for a tiny price tag.
Eliana Chinea, a 28-year-old yoga instructor from Indiana, moved to the Bay Area three years ago with her cyclist boyfriend, Mark Alford. The two had to juggle multiple jobs just to cover the basics.


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