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Old 02-04-2013, 01:42 PM
 
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Default Where to live San Jose/Pleasanton ?

Hi,

My husband, our 5 month old son and I will be moving to Bay area in April. He will be working in Pleasanton and I will be working in San Jose. We both are new to the Bay area so not sure where should be live so that neither of us face long commute. Also, if we do decide to stay closer to his work in Pleasanton (which might be cheaper, our budget for a 2 bedroom apartment is around $2000), how bad the commute will be for me?

I appreciate your input.

Thanks!
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:07 PM
 
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Based on the factors given, I'd look in Fremont and Milpitas. You may have a hard time finding decent apartments for $2k/month though. You will have more options in Fremont, simply because it's bigger than Milpitas and has more apartments to choose from. Your budget is pretty low though.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:30 PM
 
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Thanks mstnghu2. I will look at these areas. I thought we might be able to get an apartment in Pleasanton around $2000/month but I might be wrong. Do you have any idea about commute from Pleasanton to San Jose?
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:50 PM
 
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San Jose is a big city so it is hard to give an accurate estimate of the commute time. During the 6:30 to 9:00 hours in the mornings it can take and hour and half to over 2 hours depending on where you are driving to. Like people said Fremont is right in the middle and your $2000k budget will get you a nice apartment is Fremont. The commute to plesanton from Fremont will be a breeze because it is going in to opposite direction from the commuters so it will be 30 minutes or so. Fremont to San jose is still an hour commute depending on where your job is.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:52 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
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I agree that Fremont (particularly the south side and near the hills) and Milpitas would be good choices for your situation.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:03 PM
 
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Thank you everyone!
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:02 PM
 
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I think you have options to try different locations, since your son is very young. But if you plan to settle in, you might want to research the schools before deciding. In that regard, Pleasanton would get my vote. However, the point about the reverse commute is interesting -- you might experiment with living closer to your job in San Jose, because your husband would zip to work (comparatively speaking) going north on 680.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:41 PM
 
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Pleasanton is much nicer and safer than San Jose.

To get an idea of the commute, go to google, click on maps, type in san jose to get the san jose map, and click on traffic to see real time traffic on your possible route, probably Interstate 680. And do this during your projected time of travel during monday-friday morning and afternoon.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:07 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
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Pleasanton is a great city, without a doubt. But, the commute to San Jose, is pretty tough (I commuted to Sunnyvale from Pleasanton a few days a week, for several years). It is a heavy traffic commute that can be brutal if there are accidents, etc
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:09 AM
 
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Pleasanton is a great city, without a doubt. But, the commute to San Jose, is pretty tough (I commuted to Sunnyvale from Pleasanton a few days a week, for several years). It is a heavy traffic commute that can be brutal if there are accidents, etc
If you can get away with telecommuting 2-3 days per week, it can be a good deal. You'll have access to the great schools, nice communities and relatively inexpensive (as compared to the Silicon Valley) housing. However, if your boss expects you to be in the city 5 days per week, it probably is not worth it.
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