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Old 01-27-2013, 10:19 PM
 
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Default South Bay Neighborhoods best for City Dwellers?

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone can help us out. My husband and I relocated to San Francisco about 2 years ago for his job (in Mountain View). We have been renting in the city since we moved, and are about ready to think about buying a place. We're a bit at odds because our priorities are a tad different - I would love to stay in the city, but other than Noe Valley, haven't found anywhere that is a perfect "match." I'm late 20's, he's mid 30's, and we have no children, but plan to in the next couple of years, so a good school system is ideal. I've traveled to South Bay a handful of times, and have liked what I've seen, so I am open to the idea of moving there for more space, better weather, and a closer commute for my husband. Can you guys recommend a few cities that we should start looking in? For me, the "cute factor" (curb appeal) is essential, and a nice downtown, restaurants, shopping strip would be ideal and help me transition from the city more easily. I grew up in the suburbs, and don't mind it...but would definitely appreciate a downtown that has some life going on, not a neighborhood that only has your standard fast food restaurants, applebees, etc. I've heard great things about Palo Alto, but I think price-wise, it will be out of our budget. We probably will look between 800K to 1.6M or so, and definitely need a single family home. I've only been looking right now in Menlo Park, but know there's more out there than that.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Palo Alto downtown (university ave.) has a lot to offer. So does Mountain View downtown (Castro st.).
Also El Camino is kind of like one long series of shops and restaurants, no matter which town you're in. So if you live near El Camino you can get a similar experience.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Upper East, NY
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El Camino is not walkable.

Look at Los Gatos too.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:04 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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For me, the "cute factor" (curb appeal) is essential, and a nice downtown, restaurants, shopping strip would be ideal and help me transition from the city more easily.
Cute factor + walkable downtown/restaurants = Willow Glen, Los Gatos, Mountain View, or Palo Alto.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:18 PM
 
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Cute factor + walkable downtown/restaurants = Willow Glen, Los Gatos, Mountain View, or Palo Alto.
You can add Menlo Park and San Carlos if you go a bit further north.

Possibly even Saratoga and Los Altos, although this is on a smaller scale.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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El Camino is not walkable.
There's a lot of spots on El Camino with high density of shop. Those areas are definitely walkable.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:07 AM
 
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Mountain View is where his job is and seems to fit all your qualifications pretty well, why not look there?
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:58 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone can help us out. My husband and I relocated to San Francisco about 2 years ago for his job (in Mountain View). We have been renting in the city since we moved, and are about ready to think about buying a place. We're a bit at odds because our priorities are a tad different - I would love to stay in the city, but other than Noe Valley, haven't found anywhere that is a perfect "match." I'm late 20's, he's mid 30's, and we have no children, but plan to in the next couple of years, so a good school system is ideal. I've traveled to South Bay a handful of times, and have liked what I've seen, so I am open to the idea of moving there for more space, better weather, and a closer commute for my husband. Can you guys recommend a few cities that we should start looking in? For me, the "cute factor" (curb appeal) is essential, and a nice downtown, restaurants, shopping strip would be ideal and help me transition from the city more easily. I grew up in the suburbs, and don't mind it...but would definitely appreciate a downtown that has some life going on, not a neighborhood that only has your standard fast food restaurants, applebees, etc. I've heard great things about Palo Alto, but I think price-wise, it will be out of our budget. We probably will look between 800K to 1.6M or so, and definitely need a single family home. I've only been looking right now in Menlo Park, but know there's more out there than that.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
If you're looking at Menlo Park, you should also consider the Cuesta Park neighborhood in Mountain View. While there's not much going on inside the neighborhood, downtown MV is right on the other side of El Camino Real and the school system in this area is excellent. It should fall neatly within your budget (provided there is inventory), and it will make for an easy commute as well. It sounds like a no-brainer to me.

As an example: http://www.redfin.com/CA/Mountain-Vi...40/home/647427
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:39 PM
 
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Mountain View is where his job is and seems to fit all your qualifications pretty well, why not look there?
Thanks! To be honest, I don't know. Not a single one of his co-workers he knows lives there (really not sure why) but that's probably why it hasn't come up as a possibility. But if it does meet those qualifications, we'll definitely add it on the list of places to look.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:42 PM
 
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Palo Alto downtown (university ave.) has a lot to offer. So does Mountain View downtown (Castro st.).
Also El Camino is kind of like one long series of shops and restaurants, no matter which town you're in. So if you live near El Camino you can get a similar experience.
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El Camino is not walkable.

Look at Los Gatos too.
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Originally Posted by bigdumbgod View Post
Cute factor + walkable downtown/restaurants = Willow Glen, Los Gatos, Mountain View, or Palo Alto.
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Originally Posted by roadwarrior101 View Post
You can add Menlo Park and San Carlos if you go a bit further north.

Possibly even Saratoga and Los Altos, although this is on a smaller scale.
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If you're looking at Menlo Park, you should also consider the Cuesta Park neighborhood in Mountain View. While there's not much going on inside the neighborhood, downtown MV is right on the other side of El Camino Real and the school system in this area is excellent. It should fall neatly within your budget (provided there is inventory), and it will make for an easy commute as well. It sounds like a no-brainer to me.

As an example: 3372 VILLA ROBLEDA Dr, Mountain View, CA 94040 | MLS# 81301826 | Redfin

Thanks so much guys. This is really helpful.

I've heard a lot of things about Los Gatos, and Los Altos - seeing some new cities I haven't heard of on these lists too, so I'll look into them. Everyone says PA is really nice, and good lord - just doing an initial search on redfin made it obvious quick it was not in our budget.
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