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Old 03-13-2010, 03:27 PM
 
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Cool Safe, affordable city in the Bay Area?

Hello,

My husband and I are possibly relocating to the Bay area, coming from Indianapolis (where is is very safe and cheap). I have lived in Southern Ca, so I know that it is expensive and you get a lot less of a home for the price.

The potential job would be in South San Fran, we want a nice place, that is family oriented but close to cultural activities, ethnic dining, libraries, museums and such. We do not want to commute more then 45 minutes away. My husband also does not want to be stuck on a bridge and pay tolls everyday. Most of the homes that I see are very old, and tiny any suggestions, with not going to far out? We want to be able to enjoy what San Fran has to offer, but we do not need to live in the heart of it.

Thanks!
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Old 03-13-2010, 06:58 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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What's your budget? What type of place are you looking for (single family home, townhouse, apartment, etc.)?
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:01 AM
 
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Well considering we come from an upscale neighborhood where the homes are valued 200-300k, we would maybe go up to 450k at the most. We have a dog so we need a yard (so single family home)

Woudl there be any hope for us? I saw some nice homes online in Livermore and Discovery Bay, but those places would be too far out.
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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I'd look at Walnut Creek and surrounding areas. You will be challenged by the cost of homes. I spend a lot of time in the Bay Area. Always sticker shock compared to Dallas. A very nice place for raising kids is Moraga. Prices are high but schools highly rated. Lafayette is near the BART, look there too.
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:47 AM
 
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Thank you, I will check those out, I once knew someone in Walnut Creek and it was nice. We do not have kids, we are in our late 40's and early 50's, but still are not ready for retirement yet! I checked out homes in Martinez and did a map, husband says 45 minute ride means three hours each day, and no to that! Go figure.
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:17 PM
 
Location: California
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Check out Hayward/San Lorenzo/Castro Valley. While I wouldn't consider these areas "upscale" necessarily they do have upscale ammentites and are good family areas. They are on the BART line to for easy access to SF but still have fairly affordable areas where you can buy a home in your price range. You can't avoid the bridges though for commuting.
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:52 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Since your husband does not want to drive over a bridge, your options are living in SF or the Peninsula, or living somewhere on a BART line. While you can find single family homes in that price range in those areas, you will have very few options, and perhaps none in an upscale neighborhood. Are you only looking for places in upscale neighborhoods or are you open to other options?
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Old 03-14-2010, 02:37 PM
 
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Thank you, I will check those out, I once knew someone in Walnut Creek and it was nice. We do not have kids, we are in our late 40's and early 50's, but still are not ready for retirement yet! I checked out homes in Martinez and did a map, husband says 45 minute ride means three hours each day, and no to that! Go figure.
Also, check out Pacifica; easy commute to south sfo, small community on the water, working class roots.
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:07 PM
 
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HI, everyone, no the area does not have to be upscale, just safe with green areas and parks not all cement. I do see alot of foreclosures that might be an option for something nice.
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:05 PM
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Location: San Leandro
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Hello,

My husband and I are possibly relocating to the Bay area, coming from Indianapolis (where is is very safe and cheap). I have lived in Southern Ca, so I know that it is expensive and you get a lot less of a home for the price.

The potential job would be in South San Fran, we want a nice place, that is family oriented but close to cultural activities, ethnic dining, libraries, museums and such. We do not want to commute more then 45 minutes away. My husband also does not want to be stuck on a bridge and pay tolls everyday. Most of the homes that I see are very old, and tiny any suggestions, with not going to far out? We want to be able to enjoy what San Fran has to offer, but we do not need to live in the heart of it.

Thanks!

Nope no suggestions, besides the one you have ruled out (ie going to the east bay where it is affordable). For your price range get used to run down fixer uppers in hit or miss areas, or condo -small town house living. Otherwise rent. In places that support free competition you would see more options, but you just are not going to see that here, and yes it is diliberate.
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