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Old 07-08-2019, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Southampton, PA
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Hey all,

I am debating a transfer with my company from the Philly area to a job located in Fremont. We are a family of 4 with kids in elementary school and our 2 biggest concerns are having good schools and a home we can afford. I don't think we can afford to buy since the housing costs are so much higher there. But I think we could afford to rent in the 3-4 thousand range with our bump in monthly income. My wife is originally from the Bay Area and we used to live near Phoenix so coming back to the West Coast is an exciting idea. She works in healthcare and is not too worried about finding a job which is a bonus. Ideally, she would work in the East Bay but there is the potential she might look to work in SF so the idea of being near Bart is appealing.

My question for the group is really to provide insight into Fremont itself and whether this would be a good place for us or if we should look in other nearby areas. Also, tips on renting and/or buying with our family's budget. We don't really need a yard since we have 2 indoor cats but would need a minimum of 3 bedrooms and 2 bath. Being in a family-friendly neighborhood would be ideal but we are open to compromising on that in the right situation.

Thanks for any insight and help anyone can provide.
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Old 07-08-2019, 02:48 PM
 
Location: East Bay, CA
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Fremont is really expensive, so you'll have to either increase your budget, or increase your radius/commuting distance.
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:18 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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You have a good budget for renting.

Just to give you a general idea:

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa...929362932.html

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa...929338024.html

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa...927211329.html

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa...924152091.html

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa...928685584.html

It's best to live near your employer, to eliminate the hellacious commutes in the area, trust us.

Schools in most parts of Fremont are good. Generally, it's best to stick with Fremont proper, school-wise, vs. Union City (on F's northern border), or Newark.

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Old 07-08-2019, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Richmond, CA
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Yes, you'll be able to rent, as noted above. Buying will be more difficult. You may be able to get a 3/2 in/near Fremont for $900,000, in which case you'll have to boost your monthly budget to something like $4,500 and also have $180,000 for a down payment.
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Old 07-08-2019, 07:45 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Though all of the schools in Fremont are good, the best schools are located in the southern and south eastern side of the city. The rents and RE prices will correlate with the school quality as there will be higher demand for the properties zoned in the more desirable school attendance areas.

Fremont is a pretty family oriented city, with child friendly activities and family friendly activities.
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Funky town
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You can get a nice 3/2 for under 4k in Fremont mission area (highest rated schools).
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Old 07-15-2019, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Southampton, PA
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Thanks for everyone's responses so far. It sounds like we would probably be able to afford renting and the schools sound pretty decent.

Does anyone have an opinion on what Fremont is like for a resident? Does it have a personality or vibe? Is there plenty to do nearby and is downtown Fremont vibrant or is it more quiet in the evenings? For perspective, we currently live in an area that is almost exclusively residential and have to drive 15-20 minutes for a wider variety of shopping and eating. However, where we live is very family-oriented, so I'm just trying to get an idea if it is generally a "nice place to live."
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Old 07-15-2019, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Newark, CA
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Thanks for everyone's responses so far. It sounds like we would probably be able to afford renting and the schools sound pretty decent.

Does anyone have an opinion on what Fremont is like for a resident? Does it have a personality or vibe? Is there plenty to do nearby and is downtown Fremont vibrant or is it more quiet in the evenings? For perspective, we currently live in an area that is almost exclusively residential and have to drive 15-20 minutes for a wider variety of shopping and eating. However, where we live is very family-oriented, so I'm just trying to get an idea if it is generally a "nice place to live."

I've lived in Newark since 2009 (separate city surrounded on all sides by Fremont) and have worked in Fremont for many years. If you're ok with stereotypical American suburbia, then you should enjoy it enough.

It's very family-oriented and there are lots of different neighborhoods to choose from. Fremont is actually pretty big. It covers more area than Oakland and SF each and has over 200k residents. There really are no "bad" areas of Fremont, but there are some sketchy-ish areas...but nothing where I'd feel unsafe. Crime is low for a city of its size.

As far as "downtown" goes, it's pretty much non-existent. There are plans for the eventual development of it, but for now there's just some new condos and older low-rise commercial buildings. There is another historic downtown that's actually really cool in the Niles district...nothing exciting, just quaint. If you're looking for actual nightlife or a "vibe", you'll be heading to cities like San Jose, Palo Alto, Oakland, etc.

Fremont is an unexciting but mostly pleasant city to live in. Neighborhoods range from blah to multi-million dollar mansions. It's in a good central location to branch out to other parts of the Bay Area. Schools are good. There are lots of shopping and restaurant options to choose from all over town, especially if you like Asian food. There are plenty of parks and a very large one (Central Park) with a man-made lake in the middle of it and also a water park and skate park adjacent to it.

If you have any other specific questions, feel free to ask away.

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Old 07-16-2019, 12:05 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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There are two main concentrations of shopping and restaurant options in Fremont. One is Fremont Hub, which is close to the proposed Downtown development and the other is Pacific Commons Shopping Center, which is further south.

Pacific Commons is newer and a bit more modern compared to Fremont Hub, but it’s far from a “hipster hangout”. It has a newer movie theater, shops (Target, Lowe’s, Kohl’s, etc) and some good casual restaurants/coffee shops which will usually fill the typical family shopping and dining needs. Anything more specialized, and you’ll probably need to go to San Jose or Oakland.

There are other smaller areas of shopping & dining options in town.

Both Fremont Hub and Pacific Commons are family oriented.
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Old 07-16-2019, 11:54 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Thanks for everyone's responses so far. It sounds like we would probably be able to afford renting and the schools sound pretty decent.

Does anyone have an opinion on what Fremont is like for a resident? Does it have a personality or vibe? Is there plenty to do nearby and is downtown Fremont vibrant or is it more quiet in the evenings? For perspective, we currently live in an area that is almost exclusively residential and have to drive 15-20 minutes for a wider variety of shopping and eating. However, where we live is very family-oriented, so I'm just trying to get an idea if it is generally a "nice place to live."
There are some good parks in Fremont: Coyote Hills regional park on the Bay, which can be reached via a bike trail (fun for a family ride), as well as by driving; Mission Peak Regional Preserve in the hills, which has horseback riding in addition to hiking; Quarry Lakes Recreation Area on the east side of town, and an interesting botanical garden and historical site--the site of the residence of the last Mexican administrator of the San Jose area: California Nursery Historical Park.

https://www.fremont.gov/325/Historical-Parks-Facilities

https://www.ebparks.org/parks/mission/#about
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