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Old 01-09-2008, 01:26 AM
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Hi there
We are moving from New Zealand to the San Francisco area in April of this year. We have three children (aged 4,2 and newborn) and would love a recommendation on where to live that is family friendly/good schools etc, not in the city. We would like to be in an area near the water within one hours drive of SFO and Oakland airport. We would look to rent office space for 20 to 30 people and within biking distance of our new home. We are looking to rent a 3 to 4 bedroom family home with a garden up to approx 3k/month.
Thanks for your help in advance
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Old 01-10-2008, 01:20 AM
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Post this message (if you haven't) on the San Francisco board. You should get some help there.

Good luck.
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Old 01-21-2008, 05:23 PM
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We moved from New Zealand in November 2006. We have an 11yr old son and now a 4 month old baby. We found everything we needed searching greatschools.net for suitable schools, craigslist craigslist: san francisco bay area classifieds for jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, and events for accomodation, and Berkley Parents Network Berkeley Parents Network: for parental advice and of course google maps. The school area was the primary deciding factor on where to live.

After taking advice from a friend who had lived in Oakland on the Berkeley border, we considered 3 cities: Berkeley, Albany and Alemeda. My husband came a month earlier in October and was able to scout all the places I suggested, so by the time I arrived with our son nearly everything was sorted.

We now live in Albany which is right next to Berkeley. All the schools from elementary up to the high school are very well rated. Plus it's a relatively short commute to Emeryville where my husband works. It's very much like a city in NZ so we adapted very quickly. Cons: very high rental, small houses, ants(!) Pros: great community, close to Berkeley campus, freeway, SF, both airports within an hours drive on a bad day, 10 minutes from the Berkeley and Albany marinas and Albany beach. When you get here subscribe to Berkeley Parents Network for fortnightly posts on all sorts of useful things. Sorry, I don't have much information about leasing commercial property here. Let me know if you want to know more. Good luck!
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:59 AM
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Short answer... Alameda

Great schools, small coastal town atmosphere, it's an island so water is on all sides. Very low crime. About 5 minutes from the Oakland airport and SF is within an hour depending on traffic and easily accessible using public transit.

It's kind of pricey but you should be able to find something in your price range and in a good neighborhood. The worst parts of Alameda are nicer than a lot of other cities' nicer areas so pretty much all the neighborhoods are good. Be forewarned, the police do enforce traffic laws. If you really want a speeding ticket, speed in Alameda.
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