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Old 12-02-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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Default Work in Newark, CA - places to live?

Hi guys,

I have moved here from Philadelphia, PA and am looking for nice neighbourhood. I am 30/M/Single and would prefer to live at place where its easier to socialise and of course not more than 20-30 minutes away from work. I will be driving to work, and my budget is around $1500/month.

Any help will be highly appreciated :-)

Thanks!
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:06 PM
 
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Downtown San Jose is sort of at the edge of your commute time range, but you'd be going against the main commute direction. You'd probably find more young people there.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:10 PM
 
Location: California
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I spent my early 20's in Fremont and had a blast. It WAS many years ago but 30-somethings live everywhere and if end up meeting people at work and wanting to do things off hrs it's best to be close. I'd live close to work until you figure out what's what.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:54 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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If you want urban, I'd look at the Lake Merritt area in Oakland. If you want suburban, then somewhere like Fremont would be fine.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:36 AM
 
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Thank you guys. I have been looking at places, East Palo Alto looks good location-wise, I am not sure how good a place it is to live and whether I will be be able to afford living over there.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:37 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
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I would stay in Fremont over East Palo Alto.

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Thank you guys. I have been looking at places, East Palo Alto looks good location-wise, I am not sure how good a place it is to live and whether I will be be able to afford living over there.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Newark, Ca
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Thank you guys. I have been looking at places, East Palo Alto looks good location-wise, I am not sure how good a place it is to live and whether I will be be able to afford living over there.

East Palo Alto at one time had the highest per-capita murder rate in the country. It is better today than it used to be, but is still an unsafe and very undesireable place to live. I would never choose to live there. I highly recommend not considering it.

I have a good friend who is a Palo Alto police officer and he says that a lot of the crime that occurs in downtown and around the eastern part of town is committed by East Palo Alto residents. One of the most expensive parts of Palo Alto (actually the neighborhood that Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Young live in) is only separated from EPA by a small creek and there have been many residential burglaries in recent months that have been traced back to residents from EPA. There are worse cities in the Bay Area, but EPA is definitely not a place I'd ever consider to live in.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Fremont,CA
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I wouldn't do East Palo Alto, you have to cross a bridge and pay $5 going back every day. If you really must, I'd day downtown San Jose too since that's the only place with some nightlife that wouldn't be an awful driver (Oakland/Berkeley to Newark commute would suck).

#1, I'd say just live in Fremont. San Jose and Oakland are easy enough to get to, as is Palo Alto. Fremont is very safe and has some stuff, like outdoor parks, a few okay bars, some cafes.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:18 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I lived in Fremont for 10 years growing up. It is a terrible place to meet single women. Most of the women are already married with kids. It is a very family-oriented suburb. Fremont is a huge place, much larger than SF or Oakland in terms of land size. You're better off living in Fremont.

Most guys drive up to SF over the weekend and contribute to the growing dudefest. Yay tech boom!
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:35 PM
 
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Thank you guys, you all are awesome! Here are some questions for you :-)

So East Palo Alto is out of question. How about Menlo Park or Palo Alto itself? Someone at my office (I joined today itself) told me its about 20 minutes from Menlo Park and 35 minutes from Mountain View. How are these places, namely, Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Mountain View?

Again, living in Newark and Fremont is something I want to avoid mainly because the suburban culture here. And, being an Indian myself - so it should not be racist :-), I see too many of Indians around this area - the day I came to my hotel I saw a traditional wedding parade passing by right in front of hotel - which is something I have never seen anywhere else in the USA.

I want to meet people from different cultures and nationalities.
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