Where to live in SF Area?

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  1. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    Next week I'm flying to SF to do an Area Tour. I should be getting an offer from one of the big companies in south of SF and they want me to start looking at places to live. The company has a shuttle bus service to take people to the office.

    Where do you recommend living and why?

    We prefer hotter weather and have stuff to do walking distance e.g. restaurants, groceries etc

    I'm 33 y/o and moving with my fiance.
    We are looking either to rent or maybe buy a small place.


    Thank you for your help!
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  2. Meatn'taters

    Meatn'taters Not any more

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    Where's your office/work space? SF city limits is one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S. $3K a month get's you a mediocre sub 1,000 sq. ft. apt. in a mediocre area of town. Rough areas can be had in the low to mid 2K range. Weather in SF - a warm day hits 70 degrees, you can count the number of days it hits 80 degrees. Fog is common. The Peninsula, the 30-mile stretch from SF to San Jose, is also quite pricey, though has much better weather overall. 80 degrees is typical high temps, 55-60 degrees is common low temps. You can't really go wrong any where on the Peninsula, except avoid East Palo Alto. Palo Alto proper is very upscale, upper class - Stanford is in Palo Alto. If your office is in SF, my two cents - live north of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Rafael, and bus to work. Marin county is also pricey, has same weather as Peninsula, and is an incredible place to live/ride.
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  3. Qwik

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    Check out the Bay Area Craigslist for an idea on prices. Only place more expensive to live in the US is Manhattan. Where is the job actually located?
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  4. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    Thank you for the overview!

    The offices are in South San Francisco, a few miles south of Brisbane in the peninsula.

    One of the relocation ladies mentioned the tri-valley? they have a company bus from there... but 1 hour commute seems a bit to much...
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  5. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    Thank you! will check there!
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  6. Qwik

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    I live in Sunnyvale and work in Mountain View (right next to each other) it's expensive out here but with temps in the seventies all month who's gonna bitch!
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  7. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    Just FYI but my son just moved there. He lives in the Marina district (east of the Presidio) and splits a nice 2 bedroom apartment with a friend for $3200 per month (includes 1 parking spot). It's a nice area. for a city

    If you're coming from Nicaragua, I don't think anything there would be considered warm. :cry
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  8. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    I lived about 9 years in Italy, 4 years in Ohio and 4 years in Switzerland. I think I'm still frozen from those years and that's why I'm looking for a warmer place :D

    I was reading on line that the eastern part of the peninsula is colder and has more fog - so I'll try to avoid that.

    I did check Sunnyvale on wikipedia and it says that in the silicon valley has low temperatures in the 50's which sound pretty good.

    I will check the marina district when I'm out there!
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  9. tundradirtbiker

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    Sunnyvale should be better than further up the peninsula. If the company has a commuter bus better yet, traffic never gets better. Lots of bus rage down there recently. Might be better off lane splitting.
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  10. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    Second vote for Sunnyvale.

    Here is a list of places that I will plan to visit:

    - SF downtown
    - Peninsula: San Mateo
    - Silicon Valley: Palo Alto (Just for curiosity), Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino
    - trivalley: Dan ville, san ramon, pleasenton

    any other recommendations?
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  11. StuInFH

    StuInFH Been here awhile

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    Yeah, get over the idea that a one hour commute is a bit too much. Unless you actually live in the city and bike or hike to work, you will long for such a short trip.

    A chartered bus (although under attack lately by the income inequality crowd) sounds like a luxury to me.
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  12. High Country Herb

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    The further south or east from SF you get, the warmer it will be (longer commute too).

    Danville and Pleasanton are nice. Cupertino is a huge bedroom community with lots of stores, but I don't know about night life. Most of the smaller cities like San Mateo, Palo Alto, and San Ramon probably little revitalized down town areas if you can find a place close to them. Anywhere in the city of San Francisco is going to be cold and windy.

    Danville: upscale stores like the Blackhawk shopping center (and the vinatage auto museum there)
    Pleasanton: IMAX movie theater, hot rod shows a few times per year
    Cupertino: excellent proximity to good riding in the Santa Cruz mountains, such as Highway 9

    All the others: close proximity to public transportation
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  13. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    A commuter bus is nice, but being in CA, you'll be in not only prime motorcycling weather, but also in the only place where you can split lanes legally. I would definitely be looking to take advantage of that if I were moving to the area. If you do plan on commuting on your own at all, 280 is a much better experience than 101.

    I lived there years ago, in Palo Alto and Mountain View. Spent a good amount of time in the neighboring towns as well (Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, etc.). They're all good areas, though I recall Mountain View and Sunnyvale to be kind of a symptom of the dot com boom--lots of apartment buildings and convenient shopping and such, but not necessarily a whole lot of personality. Granted, this was 10+ years ago, so some things may have changed.

    I hadn't heard of the term "tri-valley" before, but my impression of most of the east bay was that it was more affordable, for a reason.
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    Your list is perfect - you will see what you need to see to make a decision.
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  15. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    :clap Thank you all for the advice!

    I would like to commute by bike on those nice days but not sure yet what the dress code will be. In the last role i had to were suit and tie every day which didn't really lend to riding a bike to work. But let's see as I hear that the culture is pretty laid back...

    I just got the email from the relocation company:


    [FONT=&quot]Your tour has been arranged. On the tour, you will get a much better sense of the Bay Area. Your guide is very knowledgeable and will point out your housing options, area amenities, commuting and public transit, as well as area shopping and recreational opportunities. You will be driving drive by current listings provided by the realtors below in order to get a feel for the real estate market. Here are the details of your tour:[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Date: Sunday, 02/02/14[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Areas: East Bay, Peninsula, Tri Valley[/FONT]
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  16. 01001010 01000011

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    IMO:
    First thought if you are not locked in. Take a pay cut and go somewhere else if you have that option.
    If not.
    Get a Paper Map and draw your commute limits, routes.
    A Private Bus would be nice but I am sure there are limits to it's routes or are they offering
    door-to-door service with x miles?
    Can Bart work for you, if so you can cast a wider loop. Danville/Alamo/Dublin would
    be on my list even tho they tend to be up scale with pricing to match.
    Be sure to put a price tag on your commute time, an 8 hr day sucks when it turns into a 10 or 12 hr day becuz of your commute.
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  17. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    Agree!

    Another location is not an option as the team that I'll be managing is there.
    I spent 3 years working in Orange County, CA and having a 30-60 minute commute and that was painful!

    The buses they provide have a set route/timeline.

    I'll check into the work from home policy... if possible just go into the office 4 days a week and Friday work from home.
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    you have to dig, but some good deals in redwood city, palo alto and south would be more $$
    look in san carlos also as a suggestion.
    east bay is normally cheaper but there are deals on occasion.
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  19. maxinux

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    Do you like having a garage? If so, you will likely get further away from SF. With a shuttle, living in Fremont/Union City is nice as you can get 3 bed/2bath+garage for 1800, where you can pay twice that or more for a 2/1+1 parking _spot_ in SF. You can move further out and get more space for less, but the commute, even on a bus gets long.

    I grew up in Fairfield (50 miles east of SF), have lived in Sunnyvale, Fremont, Redwood city and Milpitas and have typically been happier further from SF than closer, that said, Sunnyvale was nice. If you want Warm + walking distance to night life you should also check out downtown San Jose depending on where your shuttle picks up.
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  20. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    Yes, I will need a garage for the bike and probably for my fiance's car (if she feels that we need one).

    How is Fremont? they have a shuttle from there - Fremont - 6552 Kaiser Dr

    We are not planning on buying a car right away and i'll be bringing my bike over. So ideally we need public transportation and be walking distance to do basic shopping.

    Also, one of the things we want to pick-up is sailing so ideally we would like to be "close" to a marina and my fiance is into Yoga.
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