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Old 01-18-2012, 11:43 PM
 
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Thanks for your responses guys, really helpful. To clarify a few things:

1) The commute will not be a problem. The company I work for provides shuttles from SF multiples time a day. The buses have Wifi so I'll be able to count my time on the bus as work.

2) The bedrooms are in the back of the apartment and the windows are double-paned so they're very quiet.
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:23 AM
 
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Thanks for your responses guys, really helpful. To clarify a few things:

1) The commute will not be a problem. The company I work for provides shuttles from SF multiples time a day. The buses have Wifi so I'll be able to count my time on the bus as work.
Have you actually done it though? Trust me it's good and comfortable in theory, reality is it sucks. You can count the time as work, but can you actually get any work done? The WiFi bandwidth and speed is low on the bus, pretty useless except for basic email, word processing, web browsing or you tube watching (which is what everyone else is doing, sucking up all the bandwidth). You are better of opting for 4G data then relying on the bus WiFi.

You need to talk with people who takes the bus and are in a similar job function as you, to see if it's really possible to get work done on the bus.

I have done it (and on a route that ran 10+ times a day, at 20 minute intervals), and it's not as easy as you think it is. No one I know likes the commute, most do it because they have other commitments (spouse's job/ existing mortgages/kid's school etc) that prevents them from moving closer. How much work gets done really depends on what you do, I can only speak as an engineer..ever tried doing a code review or trying to commit change on a moving bus with a slow wifi connection?
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:33 AM
 
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Buses with WiFi counted as work?? Why not just telecommute...
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:45 AM
 
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Have you actually done it though? Trust me it's good and comfortable in theory, reality is it sucks. You can count the time as work, but can you actually get any work done? The WiFi bandwidth and speed is low on the bus, pretty useless except for basic email, word processing, web browsing or you tube watching (which is what everyone else is doing, sucking up all the bandwidth). You are better of opting for 4G data then relying on the bus WiFi.

You need to talk with people who takes the bus and are in a similar job function as you, to see if it's really possible to get work done on the bus.

I have done it (and on a route that ran 10+ times a day, at 20 minute intervals), and it's not as easy as you think it is. No one I know likes the commute, most do it because they have other commitments (spouse's job/ existing mortgages/kid's school etc) that prevents them from moving closer. How much work gets done really depends on what you do, I can only speak as an engineer..ever tried doing a code review or trying to commit change on a moving bus with a slow wifi connection?
Those are some good points to consider, thanks for the input.

A lot of my co-workers do it and don't seem to mind. Of course, it won't be as comfortable as sitting in an ergonomic chair with a high speed connection. But the work I'll be doing on the bus really doesn't require too much in the way of bandwidth and concentration.

The one thing I do know is I cannot live in Silicon Valley any longer. I've been wanting to live in SF for about 3 years. I may hate it but I do have to give it a try while I can.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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Hi Manatea,

I'll be moving to the city soon and my boyfriend will be commuting to Mountain View. We've had a few people tell us "it sucks" but a lot of people tell us that it's "not so bad" and "worth it." We're only planning to do it for 1-2 years and then move back out to the 'burbs.
I'm in your situation, trying to find decent housing that doesn't cost a ton and it's hard. Good luck!
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:19 PM
 
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Why would you want to spend an hour each way (2 hours both ways) every day in a moving vehicle on freeway, breathing the exhaust crap? While you could live in SV and be close to work--?? I mean SV rents are lower than SF, even from the rent standpoint.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:50 PM
 
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We're 24 and 25 and don't have much fun in SV. We've tried going out and doing things all over the Bay Area and SF is the funnest to us.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:51 AM
 
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Default It can work...

My husband has done such a commute 20 years now, loves it. He reads novels instead of doing work though, going by Caltrain, but he chose Potrero Hill over other areas of city for Caltrain.

Still as a property manager expecting to rent to people working in the city, many, well most rent my apartments, only to commute to San Jose, Cupertino, Palo Alto, and places like that.

You know what you want so go for it. Look for quiet apartment, facing back instead of onto busy streets. Get a garage!

We love being able to go out in city. Can not even imagine living in south bay for us. We have 2nd home in Pacifica though.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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Ahh, 24 and making $90k. I'm not sure if I love or hate Silicon Valley!
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