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Old 09-01-2016, 11:20 AM
 
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Hi All,


I will be moving with my fiancé from Austin in November. I will be working in Albany and she will be working in San Francisco on Stockton street. I have been looking at the many townhouse developments in Richmond Marina and Emeryville and they seem reasonably priced (for the area) and in a pretty setting. Affordability will not be an issue. I have however seen many negative reviews of Richmond proper and am curious if that spills into the marina. Also Emeryville seems unsafe as well. I am more concerned with violent crime vs. property crime. Any insight on commute to Albany and Stockton street would be appreciated we both have cars but Train/Bus will be an option as well. I realize Emeryville is close for both but is the Richmond Marina commute that much worse? Also in regards to nightlife and restaurants is Emeryville's central location superior? City-Data has helped me in the past with moves from LA to Chicago, Chicago to Austin, and now full circle back to California. I appreciate all of your help and if I can answer any questions in regards to my situation please let me know.


Thank you!!
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Old 09-01-2016, 05:02 PM
 
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The Richmond Marina commute is way way worse. That pocket of 80 is not fun any time of day, north of Emeryville. For me that is a huge drawback of living north of Berkeley. Even the short drive to Albany will take way longer than expected. It puts you in the thick of the SF bound traffic.

If you also expect to check out the restaurant scene in Berkeley, Oakland or even Albany, the Marina is isolated by itself.

I wouldn't live in the Richmond Marina area because it is far. I don't like Emeryville because it is pretty inconvenient. I'd live in Oakland or Berkeley over either.

Violent crime is rare in both areas.
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Old 09-01-2016, 05:17 PM
 
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OP, why not live in Albany? Your fiancé can take BART to downtown and walk to Stockton St. You could walk or bike to work in Albany. If you prefer more scenic surroundings, consider Kensington or El Cerrito in the hills. Great views of the Bay, tree-lined streets, BART to the city an easy bus ride away. Also, north Berkeley/Berkeley hills.
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Old 09-01-2016, 08:43 PM
 
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Thanks Jade and Ruth, you have me definitely rethinking the marina. I have not seen much available in Albany for purchase under 700k that is decent but I will take a look at Kensington and El Cerrito thank you!! I know I mentioned affordability as not being an issue. Still getting used to what that means for San Fran and East Bay
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Old 09-01-2016, 08:46 PM
 
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Thanks Jade and Ruth, you have me definitely rethinking the marina. I have not seen much available in Albany for purchase under 700k that is decent but I will take a look at Kensington and El Cerrito thank you!! I know I mentioned affordability as not being an issue. Still getting used to what that means for San Fran and East Bay
Well, yes. My suggestions were based on your statement that affordability isn't an issue. You should be able to find affordable townhouses in those areas, though. You said originally that you were looking at townhouses.
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Old 09-01-2016, 08:54 PM
 
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Thanks Jade and Ruth, you have me definitely rethinking the marina. I have not seen much available in Albany for purchase under 700k that is decent but I will take a look at Kensington and El Cerrito thank you!! I know I mentioned affordability as not being an issue. Still getting used to what that means for San Fran and East Bay
Under $700k is tricky. There aren't many townhouses, particularly in places like Albany and El Cerrito. The townhouses are generally only in places with newer development and former industrial areas to develop. That doesn't leave much space.

Alameda is worth a look and in the off peak direction to Albany. There might be stuff in the former Army base. A little far to Albany but not awful. Probably a 15-20 minute drive most times.
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Old 09-01-2016, 09:27 PM
 
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Here's a townhouse in the El Cerrito hills that's way under your budget. When you can find them, this is the general price range. Otherwise, there are 2 br./1 ba. homes in El Cerrito and Albany that squeak in under your budget, but competitive bidding could take those over your budget.

https://www.redfin.com/city/5618/CA/...type=townhouse
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Old 09-01-2016, 11:37 PM
 
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Try the East Richmond Heights area (94805 zip). Most of the nice areas in Richmond are east of the 80 FWY. There's also an area called the Richmond Annex which borders Albany and el Cerrito.

El Cerrito, Berkeley, or Albany can work as well, but $700k will be tough, but you can find townhomes for that price, there just won't be that many available at any given time.

If you like the Richmond Marina it works too. It would be about a 10-15 minute drive to the El Cerrito Del Norte Bart. There's also all the AC Transit transbay bus lines that may be better than Bart from Richmond. Traffic to Albany won't be that bad as you can take surface streets and even taking the freeway it starts to back up a little before Albany. You're probably looking at 20 minutes most of the time, but depends on where you work in Albany. It's small so you won't be too far off the freeway.
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Old 09-01-2016, 11:41 PM
 
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Here's a townhouse in the El Cerrito hills that's way under your budget. When you can find them, this is the general price range. Otherwise, there are 2 br./1 ba. homes in El Cerrito and Albany that squeak in under your budget, but competitive bidding could take those over your budget.

https://www.redfin.com/city/5618/CA/...type=townhouse
Yes, even if there is a house listed at $595k/$695k, it will be bid up to the $850k+ range for a 1,200 sf house. OP, look around on Redfin and put in sold prices for the last year or so which will show you the list and sales price. It is very deceiving thinking you can get a house at list or a little over unless there's serious foundation or other issues. Townhomes though tend the sell for closer to list. This goes for Berkeley, Albany, Kensington, Thousand Oaks, Oakland, but may not apply as much to El Cerrito and parts of Richmond.
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Old 09-02-2016, 09:29 AM
 
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Lower Mira Vista, absolutely awesome house if you like Spanish/ Mission architecture: https://www.redfin.com/CA/Richmond/4...5/home/1518527

El Cerrito: https://www.redfin.com/CA/El-Cerrito...0/home/1148562

El Cerrito: https://www.redfin.com/CA/El-Cerrito...0/home/1738304
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