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Old 03-15-2012, 02:02 AM
 
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Should be able to get a small 1br for around or under 2k in SF but it is a competitive market right now. If you can't find a place there, I'd recommend Oakland, you can get a 2br for under 2k in nice neighborhoods (yes, Oakland has nice neighborhoods) and it's a 20 minute ride from SF on BART. Could get a 1br for around $1100 to $1400 probably. And it's way easier to park in than SF if you have a car.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:24 PM
 
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Please don't move here. This city needs more sexy single chicks not another boring couple.
Oh My You are so egotistical and out of touch with the rest of the world(please wake up and change your demeanor) and more single women in SF won't help, you are still not desirable no matter how "god looking" you are!!!!
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Please don't move here. This city needs more sexy single chicks not another boring couple.
What about swingers?

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Hi everyone,

concerned about whether we could afford a nice enough apartment there--because we'll both be working from home, we'd need at least a 2 bdrm place.

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how much are two bedroms going for in SF these days? $2500?

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- I have SAD and keep reading on here about how foggy and gloomy SF is, even though it's in California. Will I be depressed all year round because the sun never comes out?
Nowhere in the Bay Area is gloomy all year round. For example, here in Sunnyvale it's almost always sunny. I've been told the coastal neighborhoods of SF get a lot of fog, but the rest of the city doesn't. You can definitely see sun, probably more sun overall than clouds. When I worked in Potrero Hill (San Francisco) last year, it was mostly sunny most of the time.

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- If we can only afford something that is far outside of the city, should we not bother moving there? I read some posts that were saying that, unless we're moving right into the city, we'd be missing out on the "real" SF experience anyway, so don't bother. Thoughts?
Basically, yeah that's correct. There's San Francisco, which has its own vibe. Then there's the suburbs of the Peninsual and the Silicon Valley. Then there's Oakland and Berkeley which are more urban and also have their own vibe.

If the Boston-type urban vibe is a MUST for you, then you'll need to live in San Francisco or Oakland.

However, you posted a similar post in the Colorado forum asking about Denver, and honestly, you'll get more of an interesting city vibe along the Peninsula or South Bay than you will in anywhere in Denver.

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and I've sort of had SF in the back of my head for years. But it's sounding from a lot of posts on here that maybe it's not all it's cracked up to be?
Almost everybody that I've talked to in the Bay Area loves living here.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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Hmm yeah you're not easily getting a 2br for under $2500 in SF. I think you'd better look at Oakland. See what you can find for $1200 to $2000 in these areas:

- Rockridge
- Temescal (make sure to only look at places east of Telegraph)
- Piedmont Ave area
- Grand Lake area (you'll need to figure out what areas around Lake Merritt are crappy, generally east and north of the lake are best)

Berkeley is a bit more expensive but could work too. If all else fails, Walnut Creek is similar to Oakland in prices and has BART, but it's much more suburban.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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I was paying almost $2500 for an apartment in Outer Richmond District four years ago but it was 2000 sq ft and a half block from the 38 Bus which runs about every 15 minutes to downtown. If you are not commuting to work you can live on a hoseboat in Sausalito
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:21 AM
 
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Default More questions

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the feedback so far!

I've been looking into this a lot more, and it looks like the Piedmont or Rockridge areas of Oakland might be more affordable for us, and they're also near a BART station. What do you think? Are these areas nice? (Too nice? Not nice enough?) Are they safe neighborhoods? Is there no point moving there because it's too far from SF? Or are they areas that are fun on their own, so we wouldn't need to go into SF as often?

Also, what do they feel like? We didn't really like Berkeley when we visited (too many homeless people on the main strip, not terribly much to do, WAY too many spiders because it was more suburby than SF). Are these areas more like Berkeley or more like SF?

Thanks!
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:32 AM
 
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Default Oh, also

Also, how far in advance would we need to look at apartments in SF? In Oakland? (Are they the same? Is it less competitive/stressful in Oakland?)
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:20 PM
 
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A few things: if you are expecting it to be like downtown Boston, then you need to actually live in SF, not in an outlying community. Only in SF will you get a similar culture to a big, east coast city. That said, if you want more sun, live on the east side of the city. For instance, in the mission, Noe Valley, SOMA, Pac heights (anything east of VanNess). You should expect to pay $1800 for a suitable 2 bedroom place. Good luck!

Living in Piedmont or Rockridge, while they are great neighborhoods, are vastly different from living in SF. They do have their own, albeit smaller, selection of nightlife, restaurants and stores, but it's nothing like living in SF. It is suburbia. It is not like Telegraph in Berkeley either, so no worries about too many bums, you'll just have the standard few that collect your recycling from the dumpsters.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:48 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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Hi everyone,

Thanks for the feedback so far!

I've been looking into this a lot more, and it looks like the Piedmont or Rockridge areas of Oakland might be more affordable for us, and they're also near a BART station. What do you think? Are these areas nice? (Too nice? Not nice enough?) Are they safe neighborhoods? Is there no point moving there because it's too far from SF? Or are they areas that are fun on their own, so we wouldn't need to go into SF as often?

Also, what do they feel like? We didn't really like Berkeley when we visited (too many homeless people on the main strip, not terribly much to do, WAY too many spiders because it was more suburby than SF). Are these areas more like Berkeley or more like SF?
Rockridge and Piedmont Ave are safe. A BART ride from Rockridge to downtown SF is 20 minutes, so yes it's close. They are quite a bit like Berkeley but have a different feel, definitely less homeless people but downtown Berkeley has a lot more stuff going on. And if you don't like homeless people you might go crazy in San Francisco. Honestly Rockridge doesn't feel that different from Noe Valley or Lower Pacific Heights, but the housing is mainly houses rather than apartment buildings so it is more spread out.

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Also, how far in advance would we need to look at apartments in SF? In Oakland? (Are they the same? Is it less competitive/stressful in Oakland?)
Oakland is easier to deal with. SF is really unpredictable, give yourself about a month to find a place, it could take longer or it could take shorter. Right now there's a big rental boom so it's very hard to find a place because there's dozens if not hundreds of people applying for a single apartment, which drives up rents a lot. On the plus side apartments move fast and are almost always ready to be moved into when they're shown, so theoretically you could apply for the first place you see and move in a few days later. On the negative side, there will be so much demand that you might not be able to get anything in your price range because there are so many people applying for every apartment, so you could spend a month applying to dozens of places and never hear back from any of them.

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A few things: if you are expecting it to be like downtown Boston, then you need to actually live in SF, not in an outlying community. Only in SF will you get a similar culture to a big, east coast city. That said, if you want more sun, live on the east side of the city. For instance, in the mission, Noe Valley, SOMA, Pac heights (anything east of VanNess). You should expect to pay $1800 for a suitable 2 bedroom place. Good luck!
Uh, maybe 15 years ago. Also Pac Heights is west of Van Ness. East of Van Ness is the Tenderloin which isn't where anyone should live.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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). You should expect to pay $1800 for a suitable 2 bedroom place. Good luck!
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Nah, it's closer to $1400.

Per bedroom!
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