Where to live in SF Area?

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by salcar, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    There are lots of marinas around the Bay. Shorline Lake in Mountain View might be a good place to learn, since SF Bay can be challenging even with experience (watch those tides!). When you buy a boat, Sequoia Yacht Club isn't too far north. I have no idea how expensive these places are.

    Just about any marina will be close for weekend boating when traffic is light.
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  2. Allroads

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    To the op, you might want to consider some other East Bay locations as well, depending on budget...Alameda, Castro Valley, LaMorInda, Walnut Creek, etc.
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  3. Kyron

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    I would stay on the peninsula if I were you..... Burlingame or Milbrae would be the furthest south I would want to commute.

    I lived in Pacifica for 30 yrs and would totally recommend it except you said you wanted warm. :rofl
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  4. High Country Herb

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    How is the cost of living on Alameda Island? I liked that eclectic little neighborhood.
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  5. OCRider

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    Hey Sal,
    I spent about 10 years working in and around the bay area. There is nothing inexpensive about the place. I really don't know what all the fuss is about. It's crowded, traffic sucks (whoever the highway engineers were should be strung up by there nu* sac*s), The only good weather there is about this time of year. If your hell bent to the area, I worked for and became good friends with an engineer at Genentech and he lived in Novato. Nice area. I spent most of my free time in Santa Cruz. San Jose sucked. I think you should just focus on your time away from work and come live back down here in Orange County so you enjoy some riding time with Paul, Henry, John and me. Then you could commute via Southworst airlines. SFO is right there in south San Fran. Oh yeah. Be careful, those uppity types there on the peninsula don't much care for folks referring to their dear city as San Fran, Frisco of any other abbreviated nomenclature. If you want to stroke their precious little ego's and do your best to fit in, then the proper endearment is "The City". After spending several months up there and upon hearing this term, I just had to step out there. I was out to dinner with some friends over in Emeryville and asked our cute little waitress where in the area we might go find an ice cream? She proceeded to explain how she was from "The City" and if we were in "The City" then she could tells us just where to go, but since we weren't in "The City" then she really could not help us. So I simply exclaimed how I had heard all these people talking about "The City" and how this must be some mystical magical place like the Wizard of Oz, would she be so kind as to tell exactly where " The City" is. She promptly turn and walked away mumbling something under her breath, I think about where I could go.
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  6. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    :lol3:lol3:lol3:rofl:rofl:rofl

    I would love to move back to the OC!
    I guess I'll give it a shot up there and see if my job will allow me to move to the OC.
    I'll look up Novato.
    And definitely if I move back to the states I'll come south to ride with you guys once again!
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  7. AngryShawn

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    If you will be working south of SF you'll hate the commute from Novato, it will kill you.

    I worked in SF for many years commuting from Sonoma county on public transit (to SOMA/Presidio/Potrero Hill) and it is very rough on the home/personal life, as in 3hrs commute per day on average.
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  8. Matt fe2o3

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    Fremont is hot in summer and nice enough if you like Indian food.

    I would frankly look at renting a townhouse or apartment with a one car garage adjacent to the Colma BART station.

    Colma ain't exactly hopping but you can still catch a train from downtown at about 1am and get there (but not going the other way).

    Yes its foggy. But all the same you are minutes to the airport and downtown on the BART train. Everything you need is within minutes.

    Time is a precious commodity. Don't spend yours commuting.
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  9. 01001010 01000011

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    IMO
    Pass on anything in the N.Bay. Crossing the Golden Gate on a daily basis would be a PITA.
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  10. Rockcat

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    It really depends on what you do. I spent the last 10 yrs as a VP Eng at Oracle and I don't own a tie. Until recently we lived 1/2 time near Half Moon Bay and it was great. Not hot in the summer, but great in the fall/winter. If no one screws up on 92 the commute was better than coming from the SouthBay.
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  11. boney

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    If you ride a moto most of the time it's no more PITA than crossing any of the other bridges but with a better view and a nice color to boot!

    $3 on a motorcycle in carpool hours makes it only 50 cents more expensive. Closer to the awesome coastal roads.

    The problem is that there's no easy or timely way across the city to South City or south of the City. It all sucks unless you come around through Berkeley and ride the Bay Bridge but then, well, you might as well live over there.
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  12. 01001010 01000011

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    I think you made my point.
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  13. salcar

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    Novato is out then!
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  14. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    I spent the last 4 dressed up as penguin in Switzerland. i wore jeans, tie and jacket on Fridays until they called my attention that I was being unprofessional! So suite and tie everyday. If I get the job it would be the same as before just for a different company and in SF.

    It sounds you have a pretty cool gig!
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  15. salcar

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    I'll check if they can show us that area! thank for the info!
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  16. Ron_Ces

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    I am not from the area, but I visited one my friends who relocated out west a few times over the last couple of years. Los Gatos was great! He lived off of Summit Road. Great riding and great location. YMMV
    Ron
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  17. High Country Herb

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    Los Gatos = $$$$$$$$ ...but nice, yes.

    If you would be working in south SF, you might even consider a place over in Half Moon Bay. That would totally separate you from public transportation, though, but the ride would be nice (assuming you could avoid rush hour).


    Most companies in SF are fairly casual, from what I hear. Jeans and sportcoat is pretty good for everything but client meetings.
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  18. boney

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    Yeah, I suppose I did.


    Sent Using Tapatalk- because surfing ADVRider while speeding down the road one handed is awesome!
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  19. Matt fe2o3

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    Cheers, Colma is worth a look. If I was single that's what I would do. I'd dump my cars keep the bike and maybe buy a vespa too.

    I figure between registration, fuel, maintenance and insurance that would offset a budget about 500/month (plus any car payment, parking, tolls, etc.) by not having one car. Dumping two would be more better.

    That makes the rental rates real competitive for the location and transit is at your door. Especially if you have GF that works to share rent. You can always rent a car for a day here and there for the COSTCO (So. City) run.

    I'm not opposed to having a car (heck I have three) however to be sensible if you don't need one why pay all the coin. Quality of life is important.
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  20. ThirdBestFriend

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    Warmer weather + close to work + affordable. In the Bay Area, you can only pick two. My picks:

    Warmer weather + close to work = Hillsborough or Burlingame
    Warmer weather + affordable = Dublin or Pleasanton
    Affordable + close to work = South San Francisco or Pacifica

    Keep in mind that "affordable" is relative and that you can go very cheap if you want to in parts of Oakland or even SF.

    Personally, of those choices, I'd live in Hillsborough or Pleasanton. If I wanted to surf in the mornings, then Pacifica. If I was hell bent on living in the city, then Glen Park (BART is just a few stops from work).

    As for riding a motorcycle to work, it can be dicey from a safety standpoint, depending on which roads you take. I do it from time to time but personally feel like I'd be tempting fate if I did it every day. YMMV.
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