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Old 03-25-2011, 07:18 PM
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Hello helpful people-

I am a graduate student and I accepted a job in California. I will be moving there with my fiancé and we both have only lived in urban cities like Chicago and Washington DC. I hate long commutes, hence why I always opt to live in the city near my work. However, I will be working in Silicon Valley.

I stayed in Milpitas over the summer for work, SNOOZE, and now I will be moving permanently. I hear to get the city feel you need to live in SF or Oakland. We don't want to live in SF due to lack of diversity, and Oakland may be too far. Do you think we will be happy living in San Jose? Are there any other cites to consider? We just want to live in a place where there are things to do and everything in town doesn't close at 10PM.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:24 PM
Location: The High Seas
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The commute into the city would be godawful, so think about it before you decide to rent there. I like most of the towns in Silicon Valley and you can find things to do. Spend a week or two looking around before you settle on one place.
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:38 PM
Location: Bay Area
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Mountain View's not half bad, much better in terms of nightlife than Milpitas--the downtown area is lively enough and has a good choice of restaurants, bars, cafes etc. Other than that, San Jose would be the other logical choice. If you post this on the San Jose forum you'll get more specifics on better neighborhoods in the region. San Francisco and Oakland are just going to be too far for you to commute to/from every day...unless you seriously don't mind spending hours of your day on the road.
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:43 PM
Location: the illegal immigrant state
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You're right, to be in a more dense, old, compact city, you need to be in SF or Oakland. In the Silicon Valley, the oldest and least suburban city is San Jose so I recommend you try living there first. The bars/clubs stay open well past 10pm so you shouldn't have a problem with that. As well, Downtown SJ is close to Milpitas.

The one thing to be aware of is that SJ and Milpitas are generally more working class in character than the western side of the Silicon Valley, that side including Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino. I hope that's OK with you.
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:49 PM
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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We don't want to live in SF due to lack of diversity,
Say what? is there any city in the world more diverse than San Francisco?
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:56 PM
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Originally Posted by shea123 View Post
I am a graduate student
One demerit for you: Consider posting this on the Bay Area forums.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:56 AM
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Thanks! Will do!
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