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Old 12-21-2010, 09:54 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I'm looking to apply for three jobs with a fantastic company. (I've worked for this company before) They have five offices: two in NJ, two in California, and one in San Antonio, TX. I've researched the California and the SA offices, as well as the one in NJ close to home.

The first office is in Concord, CA. I know nothing about the area. (I'm single, in my 20's and venturing out on my own for the first time) I'm looking for things to do, but want a safe area to live in as well. (peaceful, but not dull)

The second office is in Monterey, CA. What are the pros and cons of these two cities? I'm just trying to get a feel for both before I apply.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:01 AM
 
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Concord is a very nice safe area with quick access to all the Arts, entertainment and culture you can handle in the Bay Area. Very expensive area but with affordable living (by California Standards) with in 10 to 15 miles.

Monterey is a beautiful seaside enclave that is perfect if you enjoy foggy/beach life. Less city and more laid back. Fairly expensive in the safer areas.

Set a budget and hit the real estate sites.

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Old 12-21-2010, 10:06 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Thanks! I suppose more research is in order.
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:08 AM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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No research needed, choose Monterey, if you don't, you will spend years trying to get there anyway. If there is a better town in the US to live in other than San Luis Obispo, I don't know of it.
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:20 PM
 
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Depends on your criteria. If it were me, I'd consider Concord, CA. But I'm biased, since I grew up in Monterey and have moved away since then.
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:47 PM
 
Location: California
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Unless you love the beach and want to spend all your time there choose Concord. There is way more variety of things to do, a short BART ride to SF if you like, and you are still just not that far away from the beach if you ever get the urge to go. Just hop in the car and make a weekend getaway.
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:42 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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Monterey, small classy town. I was there one evening, went by a local night spot, filled with 20 somethings dressed so nice, I was intimidated
Great restaurants.
Big Sur and Esalen just down the road.
Ventana Wilderness for scenic hikes and Redwoods.
The new University at Fort Ord, take a few classes.
Carmel, more great restaurants and very classy shops.
Point Lobos "the greatest meeting of land and water."

There are four towns in California that have a beautiful setting, dramatic character based on their history, intelligent and classy people, great arts, and other cool stuff nearby.
Monterey
Nevada City
Ojai
San Luis Obispo

Concord is a really really boring suburb of another suburb.
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:18 PM
 
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Unless you love the beach and want to spend all your time there choose Concord. There is way more variety of things to do, a short BART ride to SF if you like, and you are still just not that far away from the beach if you ever get the urge to go. Just hop in the car and make a weekend getaway.
I agree with this. Either you are a beach person, city person, or suburb person.

If you are a beach person, choose Monterey. It is a great city.

If you are a city person, look in San Francisco. It will be a BART ride to Concord for work.

If you are a suburb person, look in Concord and surrounding areas. You can BART to San Francisco when you want the city feel. Depending on your budget, for a girl, I think Concord is going to feel safer than San Francisco.

Personally, I could be happy in any of those cities.
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:19 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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Depending on your budget, for a girl, I think Concord is going to feel safer than San Francisco.
Not to hiijack; but, to chase a rabbit for a moment. I went to SF to visit my college daughter, we went to supper in Chinatown, then walked 20 blocks to her residence beyond Van Ness, at about 10:00 at night, she was completely comfortable at night, walking in SF, I noticed plenty of women walking or jogging, alone. I walked back to my hotel off Union Square around 11:00, still single women, and various guys wandering around. It all felt very safe to me.

I know there are rough areas, but, it is a safe city compared to most American Cities.

Regarding, beach in Monterey, I did not consider the beach at Monterey, actually I had to think a moment to come up with one, Monterey does not seem like a beach town to me at all. Although, I used to do the Monterey Triathlon years ago, we did a two mile bay swim to start, so there is definitely an ocean there!

I have been to Concord, if the best one can say about a town is that it is close to fine places, well, then,..
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:53 PM
 
Location: US
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I'd choose Concord...between the two cities Monterey is nicer. HOWEVER, Monterey is very secluded. I feel like I'm in the middle of nowhere and it will take HOURS to drive to a major city. I'd like to have a vacation house in Monterey, but would hate living there for more than a few months at a time. Also, if the job doesn't work out, employment options in that area are VERY LIMITED and real estate/rent is VERY EXPENSIVE. If you live in Concord, you have the whole Bay Area to explore. It's much more exciting than Monterey. Although, Monterey is very beautiful, it'd be dull living there in your 20's. Before deciding, it'd be worth visiting both areas. You can fly into San Francisco or Oakland and drive to both cities from there.

ps. Monterey really isn't a beach town. It has beautiful views of the ocean, but trust me, you won't be going swimming and sun tanning on the beach every weekend lol, FREEZING!

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