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Old 01-02-2008, 10:58 AM
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We're hopefully moving to the Bay Area soon but one of us is looking at positions in Berkeley, Oakland, and Santa Rosa. What would you say is the commute time from downtown DF? We'd drive to Santa Rosa and do public transport to Oakland or Berkeley.

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Old 01-02-2008, 12:00 PM
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Santa Rosa is a long drive from SF - probably 45 minutes minimum with no traffic. At least it is reverse commute, but you'll still run into problems a few nights a week coming back into the city on the GG Bridge. If you end up working there, you are best off living on the north side of SF - the Marina District, Cow Hollow, or Pacific Heights, maybe the inner Richmond. Otherwise, every morning you'll first have to get through the city just to get to the bridge and there are no freeways to get there.

Oakland and Berkeley are easier, but you need to plan to live within walking distance of a Bart station if you want to take public transit. That means you'd be looking to live in the South of Market (SOMA), Mission, Lower Noe, or Glen Park areas. I guess you could try near Balboa Park/City College also, but you are really starting to get far from downtown SF out there. Anywhere else and you are better off driving. If you don't have a car, it is possible to take a bus to Bart from other neighborhoods, but it will add alot of time to your commute.
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:55 AM
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It takes 45 minutes with no traffic and 75mph to get to the golden gate from santa rosa (and that's going with the traffic flow during non-commute times). It currently takes about an hour to get to berkeley from santa rosa outside commute hours. Basically going north through marin between 230pm-6pm M-F is close to your worst nightmare, as is petaluma to san francisco from 3pm on sunday of a normal weekend, or 6pm on a friday or saturday night. Once you get on the richmond bridge going to berkeley, it's fairly painless but depending on where you get off in berkeley can ruin your day. the further north, the better.
the commute from san francisco across the bay bridge to oakland is close to being at the top of the avoided list in my opinion. Of the cities involved that you might all be working in, I say VALLEJO is your best bet and most centrally located, and it's pretty nice too.
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:57 PM
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Why do people do these insane commutes? Just live close to where you work. If you don't think you'll have the job for a long time, then rent. It's not that hard.
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Old 02-02-2008, 07:29 PM
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Though not very accurate, Maps.Google.com gives you a rough idea of the commute times on major thoroughfares.

Bart.gov is the website of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (Subway/Commuter Rail) service that allows you to view its system and its times via the "Trip Planning" option.

I would say that you should look for jobs that are closer in distance. Otherwise, you should prepare yourself to become very well-adjusted to long commutes and high gas prices.

If you really want to consider working at such distances, have an existing home, and money saved up, then there are many cities to consider.

Point Richmond and Marina Bay in Richmond are good if you don't have children. Those are upscale areas that differ a lot from Richmond proper, thus lower crime and more affluent. Living within Berkeley and Oakland may also be an option.

If you do have children, Albany, Piedmont, American Canyon, Napa, and cities in Marin County have good schools. Homes in American Canyon and Napa are generally the least expensive of the aforementioned. You may find deals in Novato and San Rafael once in while, but make sure that the home is zoned to the more highly performing schools.

As I saw on another thread, live in one of the cities that you are working in. That way, only one person has to commute. You would only need to pay for gas, servicing fees, and registration fees for one car, as opposed to two cars or one car plus public transportation fees if you both commute to work.

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