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Old 12-18-2011, 08:34 PM
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Hi. We are a family of five, with kids 11 years, 9 years and 3 years old.
My husband has now got job in Google, Mountain View - so I am trying to find out a bit about the place.

Where is it possible to live (rent a house) without to long commuting to work for him - and also a nice place for the kids to go to school?
Any thoughts or ideas?

How is the clima?

I dont know anything about living in USA either. Feel that I am without any knowledge at all by this stage...

Help...
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:19 PM
 
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Really depends on your budget, the area around Palo Alto and Mountain View is very expensive. Maybe check out Fremont for a town with good schools and cheaper rent.
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Really depends on your budget, the area around Palo Alto and Mountain View is very expensive. Maybe check out Fremont for a town with good schools and cheaper rent.
Mountain View, Sunnyvale, or Cupertino would do, or Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, or Los Altos for more $$$. Virtually no commute from these areas.
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:39 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Mountain View is the northernmost point of what we call the Silicon Valley. It's where a huge number of high-tech jobs have been concentrated starting in the '70s, and today companies like Google, Intuit, LinkedIn, and Symantec, not to mention the NASA/Ames research center, make Mountain View a major economic powerhouse. As a result, there are tons of jobs concentrated in a small area and getting into Mountain View from literally any direction is a challenge. Coming in from Cupertino on Highway 85 onto 101, it can remain slammed as late as noon, and 237 can be stop-and-go nearly that late as well. Coming from the north (Palo Alto, Menlo Park) is just as bad, if not worse because of the terrible surface street congestion.

It's also a very expensive area to live. Renting is the only viable option for most. It may not seem excessively expensive if you're coming from London or Hong Kong, but you can expect to pay $3500-5000 per month for a family sized house in a quality school district, and that won't get you anything lavish. This would be someplace like Mountain View's Cuesta Park neighborhood, Los Altos/Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, or Palo Alto. The further you're willing to commute, the more the prices start to come down, but like I said, coming into Mountain View is extremely tedious.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:50 AM
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Thank you so much!!

What about public schools? I have heard that the public schools are not always very good. Is it anything in that - or just rumors?
And does it cost anything? Anyone have any good url's to info about this?
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:08 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Public school doesn't cost you anything (except your tax dollars, and time/gas spent taking them).. it's true that not all of them are good, but the areas that bigdumbgod and I mentioned have good school districts. The areas that don't have good schools are highly visible.. places like Seven Trees or Alum Rock in San Jose, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks in Redwood City/Menlo Park.
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:05 PM
 
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Go here and type in the zip code for an area you're interested in:

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Old 12-19-2011, 02:15 PM
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Thank you so much!!
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