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Old 06-13-2013, 06:48 PM
 
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Could you all please tell me what some good areas are in and around Oakland with affordable housing? We have 2 small children, 1 going into 1st grade and would like good schools as well. We would be moving from Ohio. My wife wants to move to SF but we could never afford that lol. So I have looked in Oakland and think that would be doable. We are on a single income and she stays at home with the kids, plus can't work because of a medical condition.

I was a truck driver for a while, and had been to Oakland a few times, but I can't remember the area. All I remember was it was a produce warehouse and I think there are a few there lol. But the area it was in was a sketchy neighborhood. If I could remember where that was it would help in relating to where other areas are.

Anyhow, thanks for any help!
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:57 PM
 
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You really have to define "affordable" on this forum, because affordable is a very relative term in the Bay Area. Cleveland Heights (tucked away behind the Grand Lake area) has a great elementary school for a non-hills location, but again it's not affordable by Midwestern standards.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:44 PM
 
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whats your budget? i'm a bay area native and don't know if i'd want to put my kids in an oakland school in an area that could be affordable for a one earner family. oakland can be very ghetto and can be very upscale but very expensive. you may want open your search area to a father out suburb for a good school district and affordable home.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:48 PM
 
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a) define affordable
b) as anywhere else, good schools drive up real estate prices.

Oakland does have some decent elementary schools but they tend to be in areas with pricey homes, like $600,000 and up. Middle schools and high schools tend to be pretty bad there, same in other towns like Concord that are cheaper than neighboring towns with better schools. So if you insist on buying a house (somehow on an Ohio budget) instead of renting like everyone else, you're locking yourself in more to a bad middle school/high school district.
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:46 AM
 
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Well, I was thinking $250k or less as affordable compared to, say, $150k in Ohio.

But, we would be open to renting. Depending on the wage change, I would say $1500-$2000 a month.

And we would be looking for a 3bd, 2ba home with hopefully at least a 1-2 car garage for my show truck.
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:54 AM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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I think you'd better stay in Ohio. Most people have no concept of what it costs to live here. If you can maybe double your housing budget you might have a chance if you get lucky
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:10 AM
 
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I think you'd better stay in Ohio. Most people have no concept of what it costs to live here. If you can maybe double your housing budget you might have a chance if you get lucky
I just moved from Ohio and agree with the above. My budget is a lot more than most and even I am shocked at the true reality of housing costs. It's frankly embarrassing and unwarranted - I'm not sure what the appeal is ...
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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I moved from Oakland to Ohio because I was tired of working two jobs with no time to go back to school. You shouldn't move out to the Bay Area unless you have a very good career position waiting for you (particularly if you're a single-earner); the reality is a 2BR rental in a nice neighborhood in Oakland with good schools would run you at least $2k/mo and it won't always be a house or have parking. I don't think I'd move back unless it was on the downside of the tech bubble bursting and had an RN position lined up before relocating.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Well, I was thinking $250k or less as affordable compared to, say, $150k in Ohio.

But, we would be open to renting. Depending on the wage change, I would say $1500-$2000 a month.

And we would be looking for a 3bd, 2ba home with hopefully at least a 1-2 car garage for my show truck.
Does not exist in much of the entirce state of California. Maybe in a fairly rural part far away from the city centers. But you'd end up with crappy schools. This is possible in the Central Valley. Maybe. In places like Galt. But keep in mind that is about 100 miles from Oakland.

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I think you'd better stay in Ohio. Most people have no concept of what it costs to live here. If you can maybe double your housing budget you might have a chance if you get lucky
Exactly. A good rule of thumb for the Bay Area is that a 2 bedroom condo in a good school district will cost you at least $500k. A small 3 bedroom home (older, around 1500 sq ft) will cost about $650k.

If you are willing to compromise a bit on "good" you could possibly find something in further out town with average schools. Think places like Concord or Pittsburg. And then you'd be spending about $350k-400k for a newer or bigger place. These are about a 30-40 minute commute to Oakland.

You might find an older pace for $400k in Livermore, which does have good schools, but that is a little iffy with limited inventory in that budget.

Under 300k either means small 1 bedroom condo (likely in a decent area, but school quality would be a wild card) or home in a really transitional or far out place 70+ miles away from Oak/SF/SJ.

You definitely need about $2500 to rent a 3 bedroom in most good school district areas.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:36 PM
 
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I just did a quick check of Craigslist, and there are apartments and homes to rent, 2-3 br. in good neighborhoods, for $1800-$2000, in Berkeley. OP should check for himself. Key in "Berkeley Hills" and "North Berkeley". There's also a really nice 2-br. flat with a beautiful garden in Temescal, Oakland for under $1900. OP, you may not get as much space as you want ideally, but I think with luck and persistence, you'll find something that will meet your needs.

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