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Old 05-19-2013, 08:48 PM
 
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I am going to be moving to the Bay area and will be working in Redwood Shores.

I need help with which city would be the best to live in - Daly City, San Bruno or San Mateo.

Other than SF I am not too familiar with the peninsula.

At first I thought about moving to Inner or Outer Richmond or Sunset but then that might be a little too far for the commute to work. Since Richmond and Sunset are "out of the way" so-to-speak I would need to use my car to get around to other parts of the city. Of course I could go by bus but that would take a long time to get across the city.

I feel that living in either Daly City, San Bruno or San Mateo will allow for a closer commute to work and when I want to go into the city I can use either Bart or Caltrain.

What are the pluses and minuses of living in either Daly City, San Bruno or San Mateo?


Thanks for your help!
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:04 PM
 
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San Mateo has the best downtown and nightlife of the three and is closest to Redwood Shores.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:36 PM
 
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San Mateo is by far the nicest out of the cities you mentioned and it would be the best for your commute.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:51 PM
 
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Daly City and San Bruno are more foggy and windy than San Mateo and then there is the closeness to SFO airport and the jet noise. San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, or Foster City would work. Both San Mateo and San Carlos have a walkable downtown with restaurants, bars, etc.

Caltrain is the commuter train between San Francisco and San Jose. From the San Carlos Caltrain station and the station at Hillsdale (San Mateo), they have free shuttles to Redwood Shores (EA, Oracle, etc.) Shuttles
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:32 PM
 
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Daly City and San Bruno are more foggy and windy than San Mateo and then there is the closeness to SFO airport and the jet noise. San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, or Foster City would work. Both San Mateo and San Carlos have a walkable downtown with restaurants, bars, etc.

Caltrain is the commuter train between San Francisco and San Jose. From the San Carlos Caltrain station and the station at Hillsdale (San Mateo), they have free shuttles to Redwood Shores (EA, Oracle, etc.) Shuttles

I second all this and would add Burlingame as another town that would work, is on caltrain route and has a nice walkable downtown (it actually sort of has 2 downtowns), i would add Millbrae too, but its a bit more sedate of a downtown, but convenience to caltrain and bart is a real bonus. Note the shuttles from caltrain station to the offices run infrequently and are timed to go with the train coming from SF. I found it was quicker to walk from Belmont caltrain station to my office then to get off at the san carlos station and wait 10 minutes for the shuttle to move, and then it took 30 minutes to get to my office, it will depend where you're working whether that shuttle is convenient or not. also only 1 train per hour that stops at peninsula towns also stops at redwood shores, seems crazy to me given how many people work in the area.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:09 PM
 
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San Mateo would be my pick of the three, easily. The minuses are it will be more expensive than the other two and you will be slightly further from SF. The pluses are better weather, less fog, nicer overall setting, more going on, much better downtown, and shorter commute.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:57 AM
 
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Assuming you are looking at narrow range of housing costs, the parts of San Mateo that are comparable to DC and SB cost wise are more run down and have a less inviting vibe. The better parts of San Mateo will cost significantly more than the better parts of DC and SB. There are some really nice properties in Westlake, for example, that would cost a lot less than similar properties in SM.
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