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Old 12-14-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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My husband and I are contemplating a move to the west coast, as he has a great opportunity at Google. His income (and my current income in Boston, though no idea what I would make in SF) would support buying a home in the 700K range. We have two dogs and plan on adopting a child as well.

However, before we buy, we'd like to rent in an area to see if we like it. We are visiting SF January 13-16 and would like to tour various areas and find apartments/rental homes in those areas which would allow us to save up a bit for a down payment.

Here's our criteria:
- on the peninsula, but not in SF itself
- nice area, not too sleepy, but has downtown/shopping and respects diversity (our child will most likely not be caucasian, though we are)
- some access to public transportation
- in the apartment itself, it needs to take dogs and have two bedrooms

If you could, please reply with advice on where to visit (street addresses/areas/specific stores or restaurants would be appreciated) and your experience finding housing in SF. I've heard it's rough, but if we do this, we'll do it right!

Thanks.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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San Mateo.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:36 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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San Carlos, Burlingame, Millbrae, Belmont, etc. Somewhere around there anyway.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Agree with the above - Burlingame, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos and Redwood City. It's all safe, middle class suburbia. Except for Belmont, all of the above have nice walkable downtown areas with access to Caltrain commuter train.

Finding an apartment with 2 dogs will be a problem.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:26 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Lots of the big apartment complexes in Foster City will allow dogs.
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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What about Daly City? South San Francisco?
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:19 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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What about Daly City? South San Francisco?
They're not as nice as the above-mentioned cities.
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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What about Daly City? South San Francisco?
More working class and run down but they are cheaper. SSF is more industrial though I've never really spent any time there so I dunno what the mix is in terms of nice parts and grungy parts. Daly City and Pacifica are pretty much always socked in by fog so you have to be able to deal with that. San Bruno and SSF I think get the windiness of the coast but not as much fog. Millbrae is pretty much where it stops being so foggy and windy and gets warmer and sunnier, at least from around spring to fall.
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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Start at the SF airport and drive south on 101 then back up on 280, stop in all the downtowns (maybe 10 of them in total) on way, that'll give you a great overview of the area.
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