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Old 07-24-2012, 11:54 AM
 
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Hi, we have a potential job offer to move from Indianapolis to the San Fran area. We are empty nesters but looking for a safe community with things to do, arts, farmers market, shops, etc. We also have a dog, so need to have a yard. We might have to rent first, but do want a house eventually.

We would not want to spend more than $450K for a 3-bedroom home, nice safe area, not a really old house, that is no more then a 45 minutes commute from South San. We are not old enough for, nor would we want, a senior community. Does such a thing exist out there?

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Old 07-24-2012, 12:20 PM
 
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just picking a town randomly (sunnyvale) here is what's in that price range. condos and townhomes.

Sunnyvale Real Estate & Sunnyvale Homes For Sale — Trulia.com
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:48 PM
 
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$450K is enough to buy a 3-bedroom single family house in Newark in a safe neighborhood.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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two listings in newark:

Newark Real Estate & Newark Homes For Sale — Trulia.com
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:47 PM
 
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Hi, we have a potential job offer to move from Indianapolis to the San Fran area. We are empty nesters but looking for a safe community with things to do, arts, farmers market, shops, etc. We also have a dog, so need to have a yard. We might have to rent first, but do want a house eventually.

We would not want to spend more than $450K for a 3-bedroom home, nice safe area, not a really old house, that is no more then a 45 minutes commute from South San. We are not old enough for, nor would we want, a senior community. Does such a thing exist out there?

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You will not get a decent house with a yard for 450K in San Jose or other cities in the immediate area. Another poster suggested Newark. Depending on where your job is, living in Newark may mean a long commute.

Rents have also gone up substantially in the last 2 years, so be prepared for sticker shock, as they were already quite high even before then.
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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Are you willing to let go of the idea of buying a house here? It sounds like you are looking to live someplace relatively close to a quaint downtown area... and for a couple with no kids living at home and a dog, your quality of life would be much higher the closer to work you live and being happy with your surroundings. For 450k you will find someplace sketchy and/or a house needing a lot of updating in a far-flung suburb (think 1 hour+ commute at least). If you want to feel safe walking your dog during the day (and night!) I suggest renting in a GOOD area. And if you do rent, plan on 3000 a month for a 3 bd rental in a decent/nice area.

Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View are good places to look... Can also look at parts of Contra Costa Co and Alameda Co to save on rental or housing cost but then you are getting into hellish commute times over bridges. Any BART/Caltrain access to your work and that would help you out a lot to avoid a car-commute.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:51 PM
 
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You will not get a decent house with a yard for 450K in San Jose or other cities in the immediate area.
You could in the Burbank area of SJ, or Campbell.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:38 PM
 
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You may be able to do it with a townhome/condo, in decent area, if you look.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:49 AM
 
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You could in the Burbank area of SJ, or Campbell.
Burbank, while not bad, is kinda sketchy. I'm not so sure about Campbell.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:41 AM
 
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Thank you all, we might need to eventually buy to invest the money from our home when it sells. To get to the East Bay, where it is a little lower?? How long would the BART take? 3K for a rental?? Is that a house or apartment/condo?
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