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Old 08-11-2018, 11:33 PM
 
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I’m married+3 kids, working in San Jose area and Im looking to buy my first home under 650k in these areas:

1-Brentwood
2-Mountain house
3-discovery bay
4-Tracy

What you guys think will be a good investment for my family?

Either way my commute will be more then an hour

Thanks for the help!
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:39 PM
 
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Tracy & Mountain House are the only places on your list that are somewhat commutable to San Jose. Even so, that's *way* more than an hour.
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Old 08-12-2018, 12:09 AM
 
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You could also consider Concord, Pacheco and Martinez. In particular Pacheco and Martinez have good schools (e.g. Martinez Senior High or College Park High) in areas in which houses sell for under 650k. These places are especially interesting if you are a bit flexible with your working hours allowing to avoid peak commute times (in theory less than 1 hour drive to San Jose area).
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Old 08-12-2018, 07:40 AM
 
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You could also consider Concord, Pacheco and Martinez. In particular Pacheco and Martinez have good schools (e.g. Martinez Senior High or College Park High) in areas in which houses sell for under 650k. These places are especially interesting if you are a bit flexible with your working hours allowing to avoid peak commute times (in theory less than 1 hour drive to San Jose area).
This sounds like very good advice, OP. You do NOT want to have to commute from Tracy! Once San Jose BART opens, you could take BART from the areas suggested here (Concord station).
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Old 08-12-2018, 11:08 AM
 
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Some mentioned BART here.

Maybe not a bad idea, but San Jose is a gigantic sparse suburb and most employment is not near the planned BART extension in the small downtown. The odds are that the OP will be forced to drive. My wife did that drive and in reality it is 2.5-3h each way during anything like commute hours. She would wake up at 4am and be home by 8pm.

But even if the job is in downtown, BART during commute hours *sucks* (personal painful experience over the years). Concord to SJ will be 1.5 hours on a good day - not a good lifestyle.

If the person's job is downtown-ish, better use the more comfortable ACE train which stops in Tracy. I really do think that Tracy is pretty much the only (semi) viable option here. Gilroy is the only other one that pops to mind.

Still, it really puzzles me that so many people are willing to give up most of their lives to commuting just to be home owners in the Bay Area. Peace to them, though.

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Old 08-12-2018, 01:40 PM
 
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Do you work near an ACE station? Or what about a Caltrain station?

If the former, you could relocate to Tracy and take the train from there. If the latter, you could relocate to Morgan Hill or Gilroy.

Perhaps you could count your train time towards your work schedule.

If you aren't working near a train station, see if VTA or San Joaquin RTD runs an express bus near your office. Maintaining your sanity with this kind of commute is important!
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Old 08-12-2018, 04:28 PM
 
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Some mentioned BART here.

Maybe not a bad idea, but San Jose is a gigantic sparse suburb and most employment is not near the planned BART extension in the small downtown. The odds are that the OP will be forced to drive. My wife did that drive and in reality it is 2.5-3h each way during anything like commute hours. She would wake up at 4am and be home by 8pm.

But even if the job is in downtown, BART during commute hours *sucks* (personal painful experience over the years). Concord to SJ will be 1.5 hours on a good day - not a good lifestyle.

If the person's job is downtown-ish, better use the more comfortable ACE train which stops in Tracy. I really do think that Tracy is pretty much the only (semi) viable option here. Gilroy is the only other one that pops to mind.

Still, it really puzzles me that so many people are willing to give up most of their lives to commuting just to be home owners in the Bay Area. Peace to them, though.
RE: the bolded, which drive? From Tracy? The OP mentioned several possibilities.

I assumed that once the BART extension was open, there would be bus service from there to employer neighborhoods, and around town. That would still be better than driving, IMO.

OK, the ACE train is not a bad idea, from Tracy. Is there transit from Gilroy to SJ? That could work. Gilroy has some nice Victorian and quasi-Victorian houses. It's kind of cool. But speaking of cool, Martinez is on the Carquinez Straight, so it gets delta breezes.

Lots for the OP to think about.
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Old 08-12-2018, 10:43 PM
 
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RE: the bolded, which drive? From Tracy? The OP mentioned several possibilities.

I assumed that once the BART extension was open, there would be bus service from there to employer neighborhoods, and around town. That would still be better than driving, IMO.

OK, the ACE train is not a bad idea, from Tracy. Is there transit from Gilroy to SJ? That could work. Gilroy has some nice Victorian and quasi-Victorian houses. It's kind of cool. But speaking of cool, Martinez is on the Carquinez Straight, so it gets delta breezes.

Lots for the OP to think about.
Employment near San Jose is decentralized. If there is a bus it wont be fast or frequent or direct unless you are extraordinarily lucky.
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Old 08-13-2018, 01:43 PM
 
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Is there transit from Gilroy to SJ?
Yes, Caltrain operates rush hour trains from Gilroy and Morgan Hill to all stations. Also, VTA runs three different express bus routes from Gilroy and Morgan Hill. One goes to downtown San Jose, one goes to Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, and one goes to Mountain View.
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Old 08-13-2018, 03:41 PM
 
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Employment near San Jose is decentralized. If there is a bus it wont be fast or frequent or direct unless you are extraordinarily lucky.
Right, but I'm thinking that when the BART station opens, the local transit system would step up to the plate, and create new routes to serve the demand.
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