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Old 12-04-2016, 10:35 AM
 
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The key criteria you lay out probably need to be prioritized. For many people from cultures outside the USA, living in a community with similar backgrounds is important. Many prioritize the quality of the schools as No. 1.

The best schools in the Bay Area (IMHO) are in: 1. East Bay: the Orinda/Lafayette/ Moraga area AND Danville & San Ramon. 2. Along the Peninsula (Palo Alto / Los Altos).

Of particular interest to you would be Danville / San Ramon .... ranked near the top for decades. Also, the Daugherty Valley of San Ramon (relatively new development) and East Danville (94506 Zip Code) have demographics as follows: 1/3 India & Pakistan; 1/3 Asian; 1/3 Other (mostly caucasian) according to recent demographics. Crime is very low & plenty of activities for youth.

Many commute to San Jose and San Francisco ... for some, long commutes (most take BART train system). Oakland Airport is 30 minutes via surface streets since freeway track is snarled at commute time.

$4000 rent may be difficult to find property other than Condos / Townhouses .... average home is over $1 million.
Great points but isn't San Ramon/ Danville a little too far for commuting everyday. I am guessing it probably takes 1.5hrs each way to financial district door to door? BART access helps but what about commute from Sunnyvale to financial district?
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Old 12-04-2016, 10:38 AM
 
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just want to add another excellent area is Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette in Contra Costa county, more upscale, very high income but not too flashy, low key downtown areas, very low crime, many professionals, doctors, nurses, lawyers, etc., but less diverse, mainly white, also a lot of high achieving Asians....may not be your cup of tea as they are very woodsy and country like, but just a short drive from the hustle bustle of Berkeley and Oakland or an upscale downtown in Walnut Creek, IMHO great area to raise a family, very accessible to SF via BART, this is one of the best public school district in the bay area, excellent high schools belong to the Acalanes Union High district, elementary and middle schools consistently scored well above 900 API, very impressive


couple nice listings under $3000 in Moraga

Lovely Moraga Townhome 3bd/2bth

Beautiful Moraga Townhome
Excellent points. Lamorinda is under consideration but seems it will be far from Palo Alto Area. Thoughts? We did have that for consideration.
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Old 12-04-2016, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Great points but isn't San Ramon/ Danville a little too far for commuting everyday. I am guessing it probably takes 1.5hrs each way to financial district door to door? BART access helps but what about commute from Sunnyvale to financial district?
The BART ride is 40-45 minutes from Dublin or Castro Valley. And it takes 15 minutes to drive to BART from San Ramon.
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Old 12-04-2016, 11:30 AM
 
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Excellent points. Lamorinda is under consideration but seems it will be far from Palo Alto Area. Thoughts? We did have that for consideration.
Yes, horrible commute to Palo Alto. But most places are a pretty horrible commute. I'd definitely skip Moraga though. Love,y town, but really far from the freeway. It takes around 15 minutes to get to the freeway (24) with no congestion kn the surface streets. And there is only one route to the freeway.
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Old 12-04-2016, 12:25 PM
 
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OP, anyone needing to commute to San Jose or Palo Alto even occasionally would need to--you know-- live close to San Jose or Palo Alto. You seem to be gravitating away from there, rather than checking out communities nearby, on either side of the south Bay. You may not get all your criteria met closer in, but you'll be able to make a nice life for yourself and your family. BTW, which is it: will your spouse be working for someone in SJ or PA?
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Old 12-04-2016, 12:34 PM
 
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OP, anyone needing to commute to Palo Alto even occasionally would need to--you know-- live close to Palo Alto. You seem to be gravitating away from there, rather than checking out communities nearby, on either side of the south Bay. You may not get all your criteria met closer in, but you'll be able to make a nice life for yourself and your family.
Our first choice is still looking at San Mateo, Burlingame, Millbrae and Foster city.

On a different note, are there any particular criteria to look for in rental agreements such as HOA, etc AND specific rental agreement factors that can be surprises?
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Old 12-04-2016, 02:56 PM
 
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We are a family of 4 with two young kids looking to move to the bay area from DFW. We are looking at 3BR/ 2BA + covered parkings/ garage (preferable). We have a budget of under $4K/ month. Just as a background, we are from New Delhi but studied here in the US. In addition to DFW, we have lived in NY and London. The most important criteria are -
1) School districts with good elementary.
2) Access to nice eating spots and outdoor activities for the weekend, good walking score, etc.
3) Demographics - we prefer a good mix so our family gets as much exposure to all different cultures and we, hopefully, make good friends regardless of their country of origin or ethnicity.

One of us will work in SF downtown and the other will need an easier access to the airport or San Jose in some cases.

Looking for suggestions and advice. Also, anything else that we should keep in mind related to utilities, auto insurance, etc. will be very helpful.

TIA
-FR
If you are in finance I am going to say lamorinda is a great choice.The market starts at 6:00 am here not 9:00 like London or New York there is no traffic at that time and little traffic when you come home.Lafayette or orinda have great schools. The schools are As highly ranked as palo alto but without the suicide clusters. I would really look into the very high teenage suicide rates at places like Palo Alto before sending my child to school there .not all children thrive in that situation.lamorind has similar scores but less stressful
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Old 12-05-2016, 01:37 PM
 
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Is there any website that can pull the zoned elementary school based on the address of the property?
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Old 12-05-2016, 01:48 PM
 
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Is there any website that can pull the zoned elementary school based on the address of the property?
You could probably just google the zoning maps for each unified school district. That's what we did when we moved. For instance, below is what you find for the Albany/Berkeley area. I'm sure others are similar.


Find your BUSD Zone | Berkeley Unified School District

Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not ok

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Old 12-05-2016, 02:07 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Is there any website that can pull the zoned elementary school based on the address of the property?
Not sure which city you're looking at, but here is school assignment by address for Millbrae, Burlingame and San Mateo/Foster City..

Millbrae school assignment by address -
http://www.millbraeschooldistrict.or...boundaries.pdf

Burlingame school assignment by address -
Burlingame School District: District Boundaries

San Mateo/Foster City school assignment by address -
San Mateo-Foster City School District SchoolFinder
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