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Old 12-18-2011, 12:44 AM
 
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Hi - i am relocating to US with my spouce. We are a family of 3 ( i , my spouce and 6 months old baby). We are looking for renting a 1bkh or 2bkh house around belmont , redwood shores / redwood city.

1) are these good areas to live ? Are they safe to live with a small baby ?

2) what is the expected rent for houses in these areas. I looked at craiglist and see most 2bkh around 2100 - 2500 per month. Is it easy for first time visitors to US to get rented houses ? We would not have much of credit history etc since we'll be very new to the country.

my spouce makes around 140k a year. Is this good enough for living comfortably ? I would not be working for a year or two till the kid is 2 yrs old.

Appreciate your responses.
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:29 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Belmont and Redwood Shores are great areas with RWS having more newer complexes. Redwood City is a bit cheaper but there are some sketchy areas so you'll need to be more selective.
Consider Foster City and San Carlos as well.
I don't know how easy it is to rent a house w/o credit history so I can't help you there. Most likely you'll need proof of income and bank statements instead.
140k annually should allow you to live very comfortably.
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:01 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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The part of Redwood City you'll want to focus on is from Jefferson Ave. west, and south of El Camino. It's called High School Acres. The letter streets (A St, B St, etc) are also mostly good and have San Carlos schools, but smaller houses (<1000 sf). Redwood Shores is also quite nice.

Can't really go wrong with San Carlos or Belmont, the area closer to 101 is not as pretty but it's still considered desirable..
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:48 AM
 
Location: The Bay
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The part of Redwood City you'll want to focus on is from Jefferson Ave. west, and south of El Camino. It's called High School Acres. The letter streets (A St, B St, etc) are also mostly good and have San Carlos schools, but smaller houses (<1000 sf). Redwood Shores is also quite nice.

Can't really go wrong with San Carlos or Belmont, the area closer to 101 is not as pretty but it's still considered desirable..
^This... anything between Jefferson and below El Camino going towards San Carlos is nice. The area between JEfferson and below El Camino going towards Menlo Park isn't terrible, but there is quite a bit of gang activity (Norteños) that's centered around Vera Avenue and the surrounding apartment complexes. If you're living below Hudson Avenue (closer to the hills) though then you're fine. The apartments around Woodside Avenue also have some gang activity.

East of El Camino is a much bigger crap shoot... on the one hand, you have some nice pockets like the A-G Streets (which Sonnarat mentioned) and the parts of North Fair Oaks that directly border Menlo Park (8th Avenue, 9th Avenue, etc). On the other hand, you have some outright bad areas like this:

Dumbarton & Calvin Ave North Fair Oaks - Google Maps

Rolison Road, Redwood City - Google Maps

559 Oakside Avenue, North Fair Oaks - Google Maps


That are honestly no better than what you'll find in the much more maligned East Palo Alto. In general I'd advise living below El Camino.


One thing to note about East Redwood City though is that it arguably has the best latino cuisine in the Bay Area, most of it being on the main drag for the neighborhood (Middlefield Road).
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