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Old 04-09-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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Hi everybody,

I just moved to the Bay area a fews weeks ago for work and need to find an apartment. I hope you can help me out and give me some tipps.

I would like to live as much downtown as possible but unfortunately I will have to work outside of the city. So, the conditions are more or less the following:

1. Less than 60 min commute
2. 60% I will need to commute to Santa Clara and 40% to San Leandro (approx.)
3. Looking for relatively easy parking
4. Rent around USD 2'000-2200

It would be great to be in a lifely neighbourhood with bars and restaurants or have easy access with public transport to it

I really would appreciate all tipps and hints!

Thanks, Luke
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:43 PM
 
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Are you okay with a studio?
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:56 PM
 
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Mountain View would be my pick. The downtown is quite nice and has a fairly lively vibe with a large choice in restaurants, bars, cafes, etc.
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:58 PM
 
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In the end it may come down to where you can afford to live.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:32 PM
 
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I would look at San Mateo also.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:15 AM
 
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Thanks for your comments. I guess, I would be ok with a Studio if it's decent, but would of course prefer 1BD.

I read traffic will be quite bad down on 280 or 110, so I guess it would be good to be close to a Freeway.

How is San Mateo like?
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:45 AM
 
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Wherever you live between San Leandro and Santa Clara, the traffic is going to be pretty bad. My suggestion is to consider as wide an area as possible and try to find the best deal. I would suggest looking anywhere on the peninsula from aforementioned San Mateo south to Mountain View (San Mateo/Belmont/San Carlos/Redwood City/Mountain View). Palo Alto and Menlo park are also possible, but usually expensive, especially the former. I would also check out a few East Bay locales - definitely Fremont, possibly Dublin/Pleasanton and Milpitas. In all cases it's going to be a trade-off between affordability, amenities and commute time. Cast a wide net and pick what's best for you. Good luck!
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:51 PM
 
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Thanks for your comments. I guess, I would be ok with a Studio if it's decent, but would of course prefer 1BD.

I read traffic will be quite bad down on 280 or 110, so I guess it would be good to be close to a Freeway.

How is San Mateo like?
The traffic on 280 has the least amount when comparing Bay Area freeways. The traffic on 101 is spotty, you'll come across high traffic zones during rush hour. San Mateo is a smaller city, but very thriving. The downtown area is full of restaurants and very pleasant. I'd have no problem living there. I think it's one of the best cities outside of San Francisco.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:58 PM
 
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Thanks for all the comments. I really appreciate it. I will check out some areas and see what is most suitable for me.

What is your opinion on Bayview? It is still close to SF, but since it is South of it I hope to avoid some traffic.
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:19 PM
 
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The Bayview is an "up-and-coming" neighborhood in realtor-speak. In other words, a ghetto. There is some small amount of gentrification taking place, so you could give it a try as long as you don't mind not being able to walk anywhere.
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