And she hated that simply meeting a friend in one of the nearby artisanal coffee shops had become "astronomically expensive."
"Life was a grind," says DeMarco. "It was a lot of money, time, and effort to maintain that lifestyle."
So two years ago, DeMarco left it all behind.
In the glorious '60s, we might have said that she turned on, tuned in, and dropped out. Or maybe we'd just cut to the chase and say that she joined a commune. In fact, DeMarco did the modern-day equivalent: She joined "an intentional community," a group-living arrangement that in some ways harks back to the heyday of hippies. It's becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle choice for more mainstream residents as rents, home prices, and the cost of living just keep rising.