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Old 02-08-2007, 12:10 AM
 
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Default Around the airport

I am moving to the Bay Area from New Jersey. I work in the airport so I suppose I'll have to get a place near the apartment (Millbrae, Burlingame, San Bruno, etc.)
How is the weather in those places? Is it really as cold and foggy as they say San Francisco is?
What is the area like? Suburban? Crimes?
I am an Asian. Is it racist over there?
Finally, what is the cost of living like?
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Old 02-08-2007, 01:51 AM
 
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The areas around SFO (airport) aren't bad, but also not considered the best. I'd avoid the parts of San Bruno and South San Francisco off highway 101, even though they'd be most convenient... they're a bit run-down and "icky", if you know what I mean. I also wouldn't recommend Colma, unless you enjoy living next-door to dead people - seriously, it's the only town known to have more dead residents than living!! (we call it "cemetery town") Millbrae is pretty nice, though not what I'd consider exciting, but it is close to Burlingame/shopping and BART. These are all fairly suburban-type cities, but they do have more of an urban feel than the mid & south Peninsula.

If having a strong Asian community is important to you, that really won't be a problem in this area! Racism against Asians is fairly rare out here, since you've been a part of our local culture pretty much from the beginning. But the largest populations on the N. Peninsula are in Daly City, and the hills of San Bruno and South San Francisco. Each nationality has their own neighborhoods, but Filipino and Chinese are most common... fyi, Serramonte Mall in SSF has a food court with Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, AND Thai food - YUM!

Anyway, hopefully the above has given you some suggestions... I'm actually relocating to that area soon (from the South Peninsula - Palo Alto), and will be looking at most of those towns. I'm also considering Brisbane, which I've heard is getting nice lately, so you might look there too. And my favorite town is Pacifica, which is a little bit further, but still very accessible to the airport - if you have a car, that is. Finally, about the weather, yeah it's pretty foggy in that part of the Bay Area!! It gets worse up by highways 280 and 1, and stays a bit sunnier around 101. The "foggy season" is generally from August-November, but it can show up any time of year... usually it's worst in early morning & late afternoon. Just keep the low-beams or fog lights on & follow other car's tail-lights, and you'll be fine! The actual temperature doesn't get very low, but it can feel chilly when the wind & fog roll in.

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Old 02-08-2007, 01:58 AM
 
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Oh, I forgot to answer about the cost of living... which you might not want to hear anyway, lol. The towns I mentioned are all around the same prices, depending on the exact neighborhood. Obviously the nicest parts will be most expensive, and those would include Burlingame, Westlake (hwy. 280) area of Daly City/SSF, Pacifica, and possibly around Serramonte Mall. The neighborhoods off highway 101 are a bit cheaper, but like I said in the last post, they're also pretty run-down. For a 1-bedroom apartment, you're looking at about $1100-1400 in the less nice towns, and $1300-1800+ in the nicer ones. Check on craigslist-dot-org and sfgate-dot-com for rental listings & classifieds...
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Old 02-09-2007, 05:26 PM
 
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Thanks a lot.
I am a Chinese, by the way. So is it foggy even in the summers? I have a friend living in Daly City and he says that Daly City is foggy almost every day for the whole of the year but that it's quite nice in Burlingame and Millbrae and southwards. He said that in those parts you could expect the California weather.
And when you say run down, do you mean that it's ugly and dangerous?
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:18 AM
 
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Thanks a lot.
I am a Chinese, by the way. So is it foggy even in the summers? I have a friend living in Daly City and he says that Daly City is foggy almost every day for the whole of the year but that it's quite nice in Burlingame and Millbrae and southwards. He said that in those parts you could expect the California weather.
Yes, it can get foggy in the summer, but not as often... late August tends to get quite a bit, and early summer is generally pretty nice. Some specific neighborhoods, like the hills around Serramonte Mall (Daly City/SSF) and Pacifica, will get fog all year - mostly at certain times of day, like early morning and dusk. Millbrae's kind of in the middle weather-wise, and Burlingame usually has more sunshine... but it gets awfully windy around the Bay, near highway 101 & Airport Blvd. If you want the most sunny days, try to find a place near Burlingame Avenue! That's a great neighborhood, and if you're willing to live in a smaller apartment, it's not TOO expensive.

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And when you say run down, do you mean that it's ugly and dangerous?
I wouldn't call it dangerous, since the crime rates are fairly low... I guess a better word is "seedy", if you know what I mean. For example, it has bowling alleys, bars, a casino (Artichoke Joe's, where I actually love to play poker ), old houses, the railroad & BART tracks, etc. I personally don't mind it, but if you're looking for a nice suburban setting, this probably won't be desireable. As for "ugly", it could be considered a bit drab... you don't get any of the Bay Area views, like the Bay, ocean & hills. Anyway, hope that describes it better!

P.S. Happy (early) New Year!

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Old 02-10-2007, 04:00 AM
 
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'Kay, thanks a lot.
It was just that I really needed the sunshine. I lived on the East Coast all my life and I was really looking forward to the great weather. I wouldn't really mind a smaller apartment because I live alone.
Anyways, thanks for the help.

P.S. Just an extra question. Can people surf there? I haven't heard of people surfing in the Bay Area....
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Old 02-11-2007, 02:34 AM
 
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I was born in San Francisco, raised in Daly City (7 miles south of SF) and work at SFO....
Best place to live? Millbrae....the weather seems to be nicer there and the neighborhood extremely safe. San Bruno and SSF is safe as well. If you want a nice getaway, you should search for homes in Brisbane. It's quiet, safe and less than 10 mins away from the airport.
Daly City is pretty much foggy all the time and cold, but also a nice place to live except Top of the Hill area (Mission St., etc..a little gang activity).
As an Asian, you'll blend in perfectly. Daly City has the largest Filipino population outside of the Philippines, and there are many, many Chinese in the Bay Area (I'm half).
You'll really like it here, and our airport....it's been voted many times as the best in the country! I'll see you around SFO!
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Old 02-12-2007, 04:57 AM
 
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'Kay, thanks a lot.
It was just that I really needed the sunshine. I lived on the East Coast all my life and I was really looking forward to the great weather. I wouldn't really mind a smaller apartment because I live alone.
Anyways, thanks for the help.

P.S. Just an extra question. Can people surf there? I haven't heard of people surfing in the Bay Area....
You're very welcome! And yes, you can surf in the Bay Area, as long as you bring a good wetsuit... the water is frigid at times & slightly shark-infested, but people still love to surf here. One of the best spots is Pacifica (i.e. Rockaway & Linda Mar beaches), which would only be a 10-15 minute drive from SSF/San Bruno. And for a nice day-trip, you can head south to Santa Cruz, where TONS of people flock every summer for the waves. Lots of other good spots along the coast, but I'm not the one to ask for specifics...
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Old 02-12-2007, 05:11 AM
 
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I found this cool picture of a surfer in Pacifica:

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