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Old 05-03-2013, 12:25 PM
 
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Hi we are moving to California. My husband's company has given a temporary housing in San Mateo for now.

Please suggest us areas that are good to live in. Here are the criteria we are looking at.


1. We are looking to move to an area that has good elementary public schools and good school districts (the older one will turn 5 in september).

2. Good day cares (reasonable pricing of day care) Our second one is 10 months old.

3. It should be close to San Mateo (my husband's office is here) & San Francisco (downtown) (my office is here)..we are moving from WA.. so, any commute > 20mins is far for us but looking at CA, I get a feeling that everything is far The other main reason is to get back from work quickly so that we can pick up our kids on time

4. Can pay rent up to 3000$

5. Prefer a single family home or even a spacious town home with at least 3 bedrooms. We have our parents living with us as well.

thanks in advance for your help!!
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Hi we are moving to California. My husband's company has given a temporary housing in San Mateo for now.

Please suggest us areas that are good to live in. Here are the criteria we are looking at.


1. We are looking to move to an area that has good elementary public schools and good school districts (the older one will turn 5 in september).

2. Good day cares (reasonable pricing of day care) Our second one is 10 months old.

3. It should be close to San Mateo (my husband's office is here) & San Francisco (downtown) (my office is here)..we are moving from WA.. so, any commute > 20mins is far for us but looking at CA, I get a feeling that everything is far The other main reason is to get back from work quickly so that we can pick up our kids on time

4. Can pay rent up to 3000$

5. Prefer a single family home or even a spacious town home with at least 3 bedrooms. We have our parents living with us as well.

thanks in advance for your help!!
San Mateo or Burlingame are nice towns with good schools. However, you might have to go above $3000 to rent a house.

There is a commuter train between SF and San Jose with stops in Burlingame and 2 stations in San Mateo caltrain.com if you don't want to drive. Driving between SF and Burlingame/San Mateo will be more than 20 minutes.

Cal state income tax is 9.3% versus 0% in Washington state.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:12 PM
 
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San Mateo or Burlingame are nice towns with good schools. However, you might have to go above $3000 to rent a house.

There is a commuter train between SF and San Jose with stops in Burlingame and 2 stations in San Mateo caltrain.com if you don't want to drive. Driving between SF and Burlingame/San Mateo will be more than 20 minutes.

Cal state income tax is 9.3% versus 0% in Washington state.
Thanks.. I didn't know that San Mateo had stops for Cal Trains..that's good to know. I will check out Burlingame..
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:08 PM
 
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$3000 is a really nice 1BR or a crappy 2BR apartment in San Francisco.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:02 AM
 
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Hi we are moving to California. My husband's company has given a temporary housing in San Mateo for now.

Please suggest us areas that are good to live in. Here are the criteria we are looking at.


1. We are looking to move to an area that has good elementary public schools and good school districts (the older one will turn 5 in september).

2. Good day cares (reasonable pricing of day care) Our second one is 10 months old.

3. It should be close to San Mateo (my husband's office is here) & San Francisco (downtown) (my office is here)..we are moving from WA.. so, any commute > 20mins is far for us but looking at CA, I get a feeling that everything is far The other main reason is to get back from work quickly so that we can pick up our kids on time

4. Can pay rent up to 3000$

5. Prefer a single family home or even a spacious town home with at least 3 bedrooms. We have our parents living with us as well.

thanks in advance for your help!!
You'd get a lot more responses if you posted this in the San Francisco Forum.

1) San Mateo has great schools.

2) I don't any specific day cares, but I wouldn't imagine having a hard time finding one.

3) You can look in San Mateo, Burlingame and Millbrae. All three cities are very safe and nice, but San Mateo has the better schools. Your husband can take Caltrain, but driving will still be faster most of the time.

4) Craigslist.com
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:12 AM
 
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Thanks everyone. I will also post this in San Francisco Forum. Are you saying that 3000$ won't get us a decent living (like 3 bedroom home in a nice neighborhood?) I get a feeling that we have to compromise on something .. either commute or a cramped up place to live.
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:13 AM
 
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You'd get a lot more responses if you posted this in the San Francisco Forum.

1) San Mateo has great schools.

2) I don't any specific day cares, but I wouldn't imagine having a hard time finding one.

3) You can look in San Mateo, Burlingame and Millbrae. All three cities are very safe and nice, but San Mateo has the better schools. Your husband can take Caltrain, but driving will still be faster most of the time.

4) Craigslist.com
Thanks. If San Mateo has great schools then will look around the area.. hoping for the best.
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:21 AM
 
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$3000 is a really nice 1BR or a crappy 2BR apartment in San Francisco.
$3000 is a really nice 1BR in San mateo? Or everywhere else in bay area?
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:56 AM
 
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Why not look at Craigslist rentals for San Mateo to see what $3000 in rent will get you?
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:49 AM
 
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Thanks. If San Mateo has great schools then will look around the area.. hoping for the best.
Lots of people over-estimate and under-estimate. The best way is to search craigslist to see what you can get.
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