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Old 07-11-2015, 10:15 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Your wife's future commute is probably tolerable, I'd say 35-45 minutes, depending on traffic. Your future commute, in the afternoon, would be intolerable from Mountain View. You would have a huge back-up on 237, then 880, then the interchange from 880-680 is simply horrible (usually via Mission Blvd). Then, the Sunol grade on 680 is always backed up. I'd estimate 75-90 minutes in the afternoon, easily.

I commuted from Fremont to Pleasanton for a while and that was a reverse commute. We liked Pleasanton so much, that we decided to live there. I changed jobs and my office was in North San Jose and I commuted (only 1-2 days per week) from Pleasanton to North San Jose and it was something I would never want to do again.

Keep in mind, that 680 heading towards south bay is packed in the morning, due to the commuter traffic coming in from Livermore and beyond from 580. In the afternoon, the traffic pattern is reversed.

Pleasanton is a nicer city than Fremont, but commuting from Pleasanton to the south bay, daily, is not recommended at all.
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Old 07-08-2018, 12:46 AM
 
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Your commutes will be terrible...terrible. Period. There's just no way around it. Lots of people do it though. It's a very common commute for many people and you'll be in good company as you sit in the 680 parking lot. Your commute will be far worse than your wife's. Your Friday commute home will be exponentially worse.

Sorry to be so blunt, but it's just reality. Pleasanton is very nice in my opinion though, so in that regard, it may be worth it to you. I'd personally much prefer to live in Pleasanton over Fremont. The commute WILL NOT be fun though.
Hello!

I wanted to thank you for your honest and realistic feedback. I thought I could hack the commute and move to Pleasanton, but I could not handle the commute and moved back within one year. Sitting in traffic for over an hour each way was killing me slowly.
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:52 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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OP, I understand you're dazzled by how much more bang you can get for your buck in Pleasanton, but commuting from Pleasanton to Mountain View would take some of the pleasure out of that life, IMO. I would consider alternatives, if you haven't already, such as: looking in Union City bordering Fremont (slightly more affordable), looking in the Hayward hills, possibly Castro Valley. You'll have to compromise a little, but you might be happier in the longer-term. A horrible commute can really wear you down.
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:00 PM
 
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OP, I understand you're dazzled by how much more bang you can get for your buck in Pleasanton, but commuting from Pleasanton to Mountain View would take some of the pleasure out of that life, IMO. I would consider alternatives, if you haven't already, such as: looking in Union City bordering Fremont (slightly more affordable), looking in the Hayward hills, possibly Castro Valley. You'll have to compromise a little, but you might be happier in the longer-term. A horrible commute can really wear you down.
I don't think the commute from Hayward or Castro Valley to Mountain View will be any easier vs Pleasanton. 880 is terrible during the morning/evening commutes as well and the communities just aren't as nice. The wife's commute will be marginally better, but I'd only recommend this if the OP is looking for cheaper housing stock vs a shorter commute.
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Old 07-09-2018, 03:28 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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The OP currently lists his zip code as 94539 which is Fremont, the Warm Springs Area.

This thread began in 2015 and the OP came back two days ago just to thank everyone. He made his choice and does not need further advice.

It is time to close this thread.
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Old 07-09-2018, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Newark, CA
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The OP currently lists his zip code as 94539 which is Fremont, the Warm Springs Area.

This thread began in 2015 and the OP came back two days ago just to thank everyone. He made his choice and does not need further advice.

It is time to close this thread.

Actually, the original poster just added some useful information that could probably be beneficial to other people who might be considering the same commute. It's actually nice when people come back to give updates later on after the original threads they start. It's one thing when new people come into a thread offering advice that's no longer relevant, but it's different when the original poster comes back with an update to their original post. Most of the time, we're all left wondering how things played out.

You're not a forum moderator, are you? Also, you need to chill out with when and where people should be allowed to post in these forums. The 94539 zip code of Fremont (Warm Springs/Mission San Jose) borders Milpitas. There's nothing unreasonable about him posting in the San Jose forum instead of the SF-Oakland forum...which seems to be another issue that you have.

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Old 07-10-2018, 03:42 AM
 
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Moderator here - agreed with post #16. Please carry on and stay on topic - no further attempts at moderation, discussing moderation, or discussing other CD members posting preferences
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Old 07-11-2018, 01:03 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Hello!

I wanted to thank you for your honest and realistic feedback. I thought I could hack the commute and move to Pleasanton, but I could not handle the commute and moved back within one year. Sitting in traffic for over an hour each way was killing me slowly.

It does. I've had commutes of 15-30 minutes before, now it is 60-90 minutes depending on traffic. It's a reverse commute on 880, but it's almost worse because it's a very stressful drive. Traffic is heavy enough that 55 is about all you can do safely, but you still have people trying to gun it and go 75 for a couple carlengths before slamming on their brakes because oh gosh, there's another car there going exactly the same speed. And another. And another.
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