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Old 06-01-2015, 01:10 PM
 
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My husband and I are looking to possibly relocate from San Jose,CA to Minnesota. We have 4 children. We own a condo here but cannot afford to buy a home even with selling the condo. Isn't that awful. So we're just looking at all possible options. We have lived in san jose all our lives. Crime is rising here and our children are being bullied in the public school system and we are just sort of feeling stuck. Here's the tough part we both have decent local government jobs. It's just enough to get by here and maybe a little extra. How do we start over somewhere else? What suburbs are nice in Minnesota to raise a family as far as good schools? How is the job market and how are the prices of homes? I know the winters are cold, what else can I expect being a California transplant. My husband and I visited Minnesota for a Viking Game in October 2009 and really liked it. We were in Eden Prarie, Bloomington, St Paul and Minneapolis ofcourse. Any advice I would greatly appreciate it!
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Old 06-02-2015, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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I can't answer nearly as well as some other people, but I'll start the discussion. Nearly all the suburbs and school districts in the Twin Cities area rate very highly in various metrics; however, the most desired areas are usually the western suburbs of Minneapolis and South Minneapolis itself. Eden Prairie, Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata. Aside from Wayzata, those cities are pretty generic suburbs. If you're looking for places with more 'character,' i.e. an old downtown, etc., there are other options.

Unemployment is low and wages are relatively high. Homes are creeping up in price, too. There should be a multitude of options regarding prices/qualities of homes in the nicer suburbs, though.

I don't live in the area anymore, unfortunately, but that's my take.
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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I here from SJ in the early 90's but I don't live in the TC's so I don't know if I can help....
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Old 06-03-2015, 04:34 PM
 
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San Jose is shockingly expensive, especially compared to Minneapolis. You'll be able to get a lot more home for your money here.

I'll leave it to others to answer about good school districts - I don't know much about that topic. My brother is moving to Edina because his fiancé has two young daughters and they're motivated to move where the school system is good. Edina is a wealthy suburb that is somewhat mocked and demeaned (a joke is that the name is an acronym for Every Day I Need Attention).

Assuming you have equity in your San Jose townhome, you and your husband in middle tier government jobs could afford Edina. If you do not have equity, I think two middle-tier government jobs would mean Edina is priced out of your reach.

What kind of community are you looking for? Do you want to be near restaurants, mass transit, in a quiet residential neighborhood. It's hard to give advice without a lot more information.
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Old 06-06-2015, 02:06 PM
 
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You will have so many options depending on location of jobs, housing budget, and neighborhood preferences -- until we know those, any suggestions are going to be really random. You may even decide that some of the city neighborhoods are right for you; many of the city neighborhoods here are family-friendly with good schools and many are more "suburban" in feel than what you find in some bay area suburbs (although may be out of your price range given that you probably want a larger house with 4 kids). you'll have tons of options, though, assuming you can find comparable jobs here. The job market is decent, although it can be tough (but not impossible) job searching from out state. you could look at the city/state government job listings online to get a sense of what salary range to expect, and then figure out housing budget from there to get an initial idea.

and while commuting isn't nearly as bad as the Bay area, you still presumably wouldn't want to both end up with downtown st. paul jobs and a house in the western Minneapolis 'burbs.
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Old 06-07-2015, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Marshall, MN
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All I can tell you is at least you'll have more rain here.
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