Where to live in SF Area?

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

  1. Jim Colombotos

    Jim Colombotos Been here awhile

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    East bay!.....
    Oakland is jumping!
    Oakland hills montclair.....close to mountain bike trails.
    Berkeley
    Emeryville
    Alameda
    all mild tempertures but you will have have to drive over bridge.

    If you want warm head out to the 925 area code !
    Orinda .walnut creek. Danville. All posh.

    You can truly pick your weather depending how close or far you get away from the golden gate.....

    money and time no object....... marin
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  2. BogeyMan

    BogeyMan Been here awhile

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    Not so. It's probably the least conjested of all the Bay Bridges. Plus, if you're on a bike (as I am every day) it's a a doddle. Car pool lane from Novato to Sausalito (and on 101 it only requires two people per vehicle to qualify - or a motorcycle).

    I live in Central Marin and work South of Market. Free motorcycle parking. Door-to-door, on average is 30 mins. On a *bad* day (accident or bad weather) add 10 mins.
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  3. Matt fe2o3

    Matt fe2o3 Long timer

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    fify w/mho
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  4. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    THere are some nice communities up in the coastal/Santa Cruz mountains that are quiet and much cheaper than in the valley. Rustic, yes, but rustic is good. If you are commuting mostly on a moto, the traffic is really not an issue. I commute 50 miles each way, each day from the south, my commute is about 45 minutes each way, do the math. In my car, by myself, about 1 hour. You have to choose your commute times right if you are caging it. On the road by 5 am to work and leave work by 3, traffics not a problem usually, even in a cage. Redwood City has about the best climate on the Penninsula, and the cheapest rent.
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  5. 01001010 01000011

    01001010 01000011 AKA-JC

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    No matter how nice an area might be the distance to get there counts.
    50 miles = 1 hour avg = 2hours extra per day avg, it does not matter
    who is driving.
    I disagree, traffic congestion does matter.
    In the bay area to many people for various reasons just do not see a M/C,
    the long odds are stacked against you.
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  6. Matt fe2o3

    Matt fe2o3 Long timer

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    I agree with you in the sense of riding in/through the City. The odds are just stacked against you. 880 is in MHO better than 101 from San Jose to the Bay Bridge.

    Pick your times, pick your battles. I ride 300 miles a week though the shit but do it off commute, over the SM bridge and make it work. To each their own, it's like hookers, not risk free :lol3
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  7. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    piedmont
    cool
    close to perv city Berkeley
    good restaurants etc.
    not much crime
    close to Oakland
    as well
    bart
    quick trip up to napper
    cheers
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  8. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    Hi All,

    Just to give you a quick update. I got an offer and passed the background check!

    Now just waiting for the lawyers to get me the paper work to process the visa.

    It looks like I'm going back to California after almost 7 years :deal

    I miss the ADV community in Cali and all the amazing off-road riding in the region :clap
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  9. Meatn'taters

    Meatn'taters Not any more

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    Congratulations and welcome back! :1drink Where'd you decide to call home?
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  10. ReferJohn

    ReferJohn 4th Gear pinned> you'll make it

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    Let's just hope he's not moving to Sonoma County:rofl:rofl
    It's just too close to real trails, the beach, under a hour to City, but I guess it could be worse :deal
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  11. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    I will probably move to SF at the end of March or beginning of April.

    The company will provide at least 2 months of free corporate housing "in the city" and I might be able to extend that by another month.

    These 2-3 months will give me an opportunity to get a better feel of the area. I'm looking at buying a used KTM to explore around. I already have BMWs, Suzukis and Yamaha bikes (bc of moto rental business) so it is time to see what the KTM is all about!

    Just FYI I crossed Africa last year on a F800GS two-up with my girlfriend and did all of Latin America solo in 2006 with a F650GS Dakar.

    In the area tour we visited a few neighborhoods in the city and a few towns/cities in the peninsula all the way south to Mountain View. We did not visit any area outside the peninsula.

    So far we (my gf) liked a couple places around mission/dolers st. We also liked San Mateo.

    The company is located in South San Francisco so the commute from the "city" is not that bad and pretty closed to San Mateo. I have start working at 7am because working closely with Europe so I will miss most of the rush hour traffic.

    Let's see how many of you FFs I get to meet once I move out there! :freaky
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  12. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I'm not very familiar with the neighborhoods themselves, but San Mateo might be pretty good location wise. Hwy 92 will take you to the coast, or get you out of the Bay Area headed east pretty quickly.

    What KTM are you thinking, maybe a 690 or 990 supermoto? The 690 would be a hoot around The City.
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  13. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    I was thinking a 950 Adventure... or a 500 street legal... I'll go base on any good deal available.
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