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Old 01-10-2012, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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I have a wife and two children 9 and almost 2yrs. We are both very progressive and love ethnic dining. I really hate traffic so I would rather take public transit if possible. We would need 3 bedrooms with a fenced in yard which I'm sure is hard to come by within the city. We desire good schools for our children. Our monthly rent limit would be $2800. Also, my wife is disabled and cannot walk very long distances which might make it tough in the city.
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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I have a wife and two children 9 and almost 2yrs. We are both very progressive and love ethnic dining. I really hate traffic so I would rather take public transit if possible. We would need 3 bedrooms with a fenced in yard which I'm sure is hard to come by within the city. We desire good schools for our children. Our monthly rent limit would be $2800. Also, my wife is disabled and cannot walk very long distances which might make it tough in the city.
I'd think the Outer Richmond or Sunset Districts would be where to look.
I've seen plenty of rentals with yards but 3 bedrooms could be tricky
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:29 AM
 
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I have a wife and two children 9 and almost 2yrs. We are both very progressive and love ethnic dining. I really hate traffic so I would rather take public transit if possible. We would need 3 bedrooms with a fenced in yard which I'm sure is hard to come by within the city. We desire good schools for our children. Our monthly rent limit would be $2800. Also, my wife is disabled and cannot walk very long distances which might make it tough in the city.
No, I would not move here. Your rent limit is small for wanting 3-BR with a fenced-in yard in the city. No guarantee that you'd get in a nearby school, either (you'd get A school, just not necessarily one in the neighborhood). Is there any specific reason you want to move to San Francisco? Do you have a job possibility here? If not (i.e. you can work from anywhere) you may want to look elsewhere. Or at least look outside of city of San Francisco limits. You could find something in Berkeley, for example, that could fit the bill.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:18 AM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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Schools are the issue. Areas with good schools are car dependent, by and large. And less "urban" in the truest sense. Also, they are very expensive, most of the people who live there tend to be either upper middle class, but increasingly upper class - some of them are essentially "upper class ghettos."
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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There are good private schools within the city where you can live close to public transit and live without a car. There are houses and flats avaiable with 3 bedrooms and a yard. While I had no need for a third bedroom I had friends who rented houses with yards close to the Ocean and Transportation
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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No, I would not move here. Your rent limit is small for wanting 3-BR with a fenced-in yard in the city. No guarantee that you'd get in a nearby school, either (you'd get A school, just not necessarily one in the neighborhood). Is there any specific reason you want to move to San Francisco? Do you have a job possibility here? If not (i.e. you can work from anywhere) you may want to look elsewhere. Or at least look outside of city of San Francisco limits. You could find something in Berkeley, for example, that could fit the bill.
I'm active duty in the Coast Guard and could basically move to anywhere in country with a major Coast Guard command. I used to live in Petaluma and would spend much of my time in San Francisco and really enjoyed it. That was before I had a family though. After much research on here I'm coming to the conclusion that every major metro area has bad schools, bad traffic, high prices, and good restaurants. I have to live in a major metro area and figured San Francisco would be better than say "Mobile, AL" or some other red state city. I currently live in Red Wing, MN and commute 1.5 hours in the morning to get to work in Northwest Bloomington and will never do that again. I unfortunately cannot stay in MN and must transfer somewhere else.
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:09 PM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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As prepared as you can be, 'High Prices' in the Bay Area are still going to shock you.
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Dimond, Oakland, CA
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How about Alameda? Isn't there a Coast Guard station there? I think that town would fit your bill quite well.
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:03 PM
 
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Given that you're coast guard, I'd say that's another strong reason to take a look at Alameda! It's also an easy school situation -- unlike the crazy lottery situation in SF, you don't have many options in Alameda. Good restaurants, too, and easy access to both East Bay and to San Francisco.

Be prepared for major sticker shock, though. WAY more expensive than Minnesota. (we're from Minneapolis) Alameda prices aren't too bad, and it has a nice downtown, and seems very family-friendly. Very walkable, and great location surrounded by water. Lots of coast guard people there. We're returning to the Bay Area after some time away, and Alameda is on our list, too.
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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