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Old 08-15-2017, 06:50 PM
 
Location: I is where I is
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Apartments =/= SFH

I get so sick of these these types of suggestions on here. The East Bay is NOT a solution for everything related to ridiculous housing costs in the Bay Area, and this is coming from someone who loves living in the East Bay. It's total misinformation to keep perpetuating the myth that there's plenty of suitable options for finding a house for $2500 a month in the East Bay right now, unless you actually think the far flung exurbs are what people REALLY want when they say they're considering SF, or that they'd be OK with living in a total dump, or a in a bad neighborhood with lots of crime and subpar schools.
It's a good solution compared to living in Tracy, Manteca, Mountain House, etc... $2500 doesn't put you in a bad neighborhood.
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I mean, if it works for you that's fine. Plenty of people who live here have to compromise on a host of criteria to make living here possible, but there's this annoying tendency for people to offer up "solutions" that don't apply to an OP's requirements. Half the time when an OP says they want to be near major job centers, people will suggest a brutal drive/ferry to SF/BART combo that makes the journey 90+ mins on a good day. Or the OP will clearly state that they want adequate space for a family of four with two teenage kids wanting a 3/4BR house, and people will tell them to cram into a 2BR apartment in Martinez. Or they'll say they want to be in a safe neighborhood, and people will suggest Vallejo, Pittsburg, Richmond, etc without giving a specific neighborhood that's at the listed price point. Or they'll just say: "I did a search on Craigslist and found all these listings that match, 1 or 2 of your criteria and you'll have zero problems getting it"

I'll make an analogy, so maybe it will help people understand better. If I want an "affordable", "safe", "comfortable" used car for under 15k, and I specifically state that I need a four door sedan with all of those features in my price range at a car dealership, I shouldn't expect the dealer to say: "oh, well we have bicycles instead that lots of people buy" OR "what you really want is this BRAND NEW 30K+ model that's our best seller" OR "we have BART passes that will get you all over the Bay Area!", or "Here's a 2 seater sports car that's fun to drive that was built in the 1970s"

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Old 08-15-2017, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Martinez, CA
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If you have $300K to put down on a home, why not buy something? There are houses to be found sub $600K in San Leandro, Hayward, Martinez, Concord, Hercules, Pinole, Rodeo, and possibly Livermore. The mortgage on a $300K loan right now would probably be around $1700-1800.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Given all that's going on in the world and the fair-to-good chance that the current RE market in the Bay Area is indicative of a bubble, I'd say that's a huge risk, without a ton of upside, given the situation the OP is in right now.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:22 PM
 
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I don't like Cobb Parkway either OP. But I have to wonder, could this be the real issue: Breaking Lease with Third party letter laws
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Martinez, CA
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If you don't want to buy, I would be looking at Sacramento State, Fresno State or UOP. I imagine UOP would be more expensive, and Fresno not as desirable either. Maybe Sacramento is worth a look?
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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[quote=04kL4nD;49201486]Apartments =/= SFH

I get so sick of these these types of suggestions on here. The East Bay is NOT a solution for everything related to ridiculous housing costs in the Bay Area, and this is coming from someone who loves living in the East Bay. It's total misinformation to keep perpetuating the myth that there's plenty of suitable options for finding a house for $2500 a month in the East Bay right now, unless you actually think the far flung exurbs are what people REALLY want when they say they're considering SF, or that they'd be OK with living in a total dump, or a in a bad neighborhood with lots of crime and subpar schools

I never said he'd get a house, I don't think anyone said that. I said he needed to bump that up to 3100 if he wanted a house and that 2500 would get him a decent apartment.
Still the east bay has some lower cost options than San Jose or the peninsula. Ruth and I suggested the east bay thinking it's his best cost option esp Castro valley if he were to attend cal state eBay.
No one said you pick one on Craigslist and it's yours. It's competitive. But it's what must be done and someone will find something if they keep looking.
I agree not to buy and I don't think op has the financials to do so.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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Have you found any sidewalks ? whats your opinion of cobb hwy? are there anything but strip malls around east cobb?
Are you talking about Cobb parkway? It's like el Camino real on the peninsula or mission blvd in Hayward.
I go there sometimes when I shop. Fewer sidewalks than Pleasanton, but I walk neighborhoods with sidewalks all the time.
Why don't you tell us what Area of California you are trying to emulate in ga.
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Old 08-16-2017, 03:04 AM
 
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Have you found any sidewalks ? whats your opinion of cobb hwy? are there anything but strip malls around east cobb?
There is no reason to go to Cobb Parkway unless you are going to a car dealer to buy a new car(which is a good thing to have in Atlanta!) If you are stuck in traffic on Cobb Parkway you do not understand Atlanta or how great it is. I have lived in both San Francisco and Atlanta and I prefer Atlanta 10x over SF!

To get around in Atlanta get all the paper maps and study the roads for the best routes. Using navigation is one of the worst things to do in Atlanta since it will put one on the worst routes like Cobb Parkway or Holcomb Bridge Rd. instead of good roads like Powers Ferry and Riverside Rd.

The schools in most of East Cobb, North Fulton(parts of Roswell, Alpharetta,Milton,John's Creek) and parts of northern Gwinnett are much better than you will find in most places in the East Bay. Unless you can afford Orinda,Lafayette,Danville,Alamo,San Ramon,Walnut Creek or Pleasanton, moving to the Bay area will be a big downgrade for your child's education. Also it is easier for parents in Georgia since the kids are bused to school and in CA the parents have to deliver them.

For starters I suggest taking your child to the Chattahoochee Nature Center and the playground on Azalea Dr. Ideal for a small child.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/riverside-park-roswell

Home - Chattahoochee Nature Center : Chattahoochee Nature Center

The Fernbank Science Center is also fun for children who like science.

Fernbank Science Center...Where Science Becomes an Adventure

There are tons of events and things to do. For example look at these events at the Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore. There are many other places having all kinds of events all the time depending on one's interests.

Events Calendar

If you want a neighborhood that you can walk around in, look at Martin's Landing in Roswell. It has tons of walking trails and a lake. Unfortunately Atlanta has few places for actually walking around. Little Five Points is one of the few neighborhoods with a walkable feel to it.

For interesting out of town trips I recommend going to the UGA campus in Athens(but not on game days) and Dahlonega. Also here is a previous post with info on outdoor rec in the Atlanta area.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/14201253-post7.html

And here is another post comparing the two places in my own weird way.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/3440218-post27.html
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Old 08-16-2017, 03:10 AM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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Thanks for the assist
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