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Old 01-17-2012, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Hmm another not. Warning this is a generalization.

People on the Peninsula express wealth a bit differently than in the east bay.

The Peninsula is a bit more conventional: nice car, items from well-known upscale stores, etc.
In the East Bay it is more like: I went to <insert exotic place here>, I got this item from <family friend, commissioned for by local artist, international trip, random boutique in upscale shopping area>, I buy all of my food from <local farm, local gourmet market>. You don't find many "status" cars, but you will find more practical nicer cars. The name dropping is more like, "this is special because I understand the origin of it vs it comes from brand x."

It is pretty interesting how the dynamic is different.
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Midtown Sacramento
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Thanks for the replies!

We're not interested in malls, big box stores or chain restaurants. We love local restaurants & shops.

I've considered Half Moon Bay... it's beautiful there and the kayaking would be great. However, everyone says it's really cool and foggy.

Commute: I'm pretty sure my husband will only need to go into the office (near Oracle) a couple times a week. It's more important to find the area that feels right to us.

In a perfect world, I'd be able to walk to restaurants and trails that allow dogs. My dogs aren't that interested in romping with other dogs, and I can't usually let them off leash, so dog parks are not important.

Burlingame is very cute, but I am so disappointed that beautiful Coyote Point Park does not allow dogs...!
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Commute: I'm pretty sure my husband will only need to go into the office (near Oracle) a couple times a week. It's more important to find the area that feels right to us.
If you can choose a time to arrive off hours, you can definitely get over to the Peninsula in about 30-35 minutes (San Mateo/Redwood Shores Area). Approximately after about 9:30 and leaving before about 5 or 5:15 (the way home is tricky, it can be a little backed up all the way through 6:45 or 7 PM).

I generally use Traffic.511.org to check the status to estimate if it is a good time to leave.
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there.
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Sounds then like Oakland might be a good fit. Checkout Trestle Glen - my favourite area. It reminds me of Burlingame but with hills, and a few other areas that Jade suggested. Rockridge is very popular due to the cute shops and restaurants and the easy commute to San Francisco on the Bart. I'm not kidding EVERYONE here has a dog. You will definitely fit in.
I love the feel of it over here - very down to earth and relaxed.
But still I really would do the commute first. It can get old really fast.
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Midtown Sacramento
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I will definitely check out all those areas. Looks like I'll be there for a week or so at the end of February for some recon.

The commute to Redwood Shores is a factor, but I suppose we should also consider the commute to the airport, as my husband travels quite a bit. Is it easy to get to the airport via BART?

On a side note, I checked out the Hillsborough area because we have friends there and it looked like a nice area. Oh. My. God. I was just getting over the sticker shock of rentals in the SF area, but this is a whole nutha thang. Are there really people out there who are willing and able to pay those insane prices??
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:09 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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Getting to SFO is pretty quick and easy on BART from within SF, but from Oakland it takes about an hour...could be worse but it's not great, the Oakland airport is a better option from the East Bay and it's where Southwest flies out of.

But if you're working on the Peninsula and need to get to SFO a lot I'd mainly look at the Peninsula. Redwood City, San Mateo and San Carlos might work, just see what you can find on Craiglist with your budget.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there.
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I will definitely check out all those areas. Looks like I'll be there for a week or so at the end of February for some recon.

The commute to Redwood Shores is a factor, but I suppose we should also consider the commute to the airport, as my husband travels quite a bit. Is it easy to get to the airport via BART?

On a side note, I checked out the Hillsborough area because we have friends there and it looked like a nice area. Oh. My. God. I was just getting over the sticker shock of rentals in the SF area, but this is a whole nutha thang. Are there really people out there who are willing and able to pay those insane prices??
Hillsborough is beautiful, but crazy expensive. As a quick comparison here is the average price per square foot paid for purchasing a house in 4 areas:
Hillsborough: $636
Burlingame: $586
Piedmont: $475
Trestle Glen: $323

Someone pointed out Hillsborough to us when we started looking but I'd rather get twice the house for my money elsewhere.
Just to note when travelling about, if you are commuting from somewhere like Montclair Village to Redwood City you might be better taking Highway 13 and 580 and crossing the San Mateo Bridge rather than the Bay Bridge.
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Just to note when travelling about, if you are commuting from somewhere like Montclair Village to Redwood City you might be better taking Highway 13 and 580 and crossing the San Mateo Bridge rather than the Bay Bridge.
I'd say anyone in Oakland should take the San Mateo Bridge. Traffic om 880 isnt bad until you get to 238 most days. I do when I need to head that way.

OP: SFO on BART is about 45 minutes, 25-30 minutes in a car with no traffic from most of Oakland.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:49 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there.
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You probably know about this already but I came across this just now when I was looking for things to do on the 'meet downtown oakland' website:
California Canoe & Kayak Sea Kayaking

It points to the estuary (Jack London Square) and Half Moon Bay as places to take sea Kayak lessons so I'm assuming they must both be good places to kayak.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:52 PM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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Dogs are NOT allowed on any of the trails on the Peninsula, except for a couple very short stretches in specific parks.
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