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Old 08-03-2016, 06:26 PM
 
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Looking for advice on areas and crimes, saw a lot of murders this year on the crime map in San Jose, just like Oakland and San Francisco. I'm from Houston area so they're murders everyday here when you turn on the news, but not many just random people targeted, they're are gangs but they are not seen often. You just can't be in certain areas too late. I never felt uncomfortable leaving a restraunt, game, bar, etc. Wife $100-120k, me $80k first year, I'm working in Fremont, wife will work in San Jose.

Any areas you suggest, things to know, anyone moved here from Houston, we're going to rent & just try out the Bay Area for a year then go from there. We're into fitness, ALL sports (love going to games), outdoor activities, restraunts, occasional happy hour here and there. We're 28 & 29 and just weren't ready to settle buy a house in suburbs in Houston and decided to do something new. So we know the sticker shock on renting and buying is crazy in CA in general compared to Houston. Never been to the Bayarea before, only San Diego & LA for vacations, Should we stop run turn around or will we love the bay like many people do?
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Old 08-03-2016, 06:53 PM
 
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From your description of crime in Houston, I feel the same in Bay Area. Sure there are murders. But most places I are safe.

For Fremont and San Jose, you can consider:

Milpitas. Right in between the 2 cities. Parts of Milpitas has smell issue from land fill and/or sewage treatment.
Sunnyvale/Santa Clara. Closer to peninsula. Commute is opposite the traffic for both Fremont and SJ.
Mountain View. Even closer to peninsula. Commute is opposite the traffic for both Fremont and SJ.
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Pleasanton, CA
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The San Jose area is actually very safe overall. It actually has a much lower crime rate than San Francisco and Oakland. Crime is generally isolated to specific parts of town and it's typically not random. To be honest, I actually have the perception that Houston has much more crime than San Jose. Media has a lot to do with how people perceive a city.

San Jose's crime has seen an uptick this year, specifically with murders. They are almost always targeted though and are not random. The East Side of SJ is typically the hot spot for violent crime, mostly gang-related. I'd completely avoid the 95116 and 95122 zip codes altogether in SJ.

If you're looking for nightlife and want to live close to it, downtown SJ is mostly safe. I'd feel comfortable living anywhere in the immediate downtown core. Things can happen anywhere obviously, but I've never personally felt unsafe downtown although stuff does happen.

If you're ok with living in the suburbs, you have many options to choose from. From a commuting standpoint, Fremont and Milpitas both are good options but each have their pros and cons. If you can give some more specifics as far as what your budget is and what type of neighborhood you want to live in, I'd be happy to give more advice. (I grew up in the Bay Area and have lived in Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara and now Newark. I've worked in Fremont for many years too, so I think I can give some pretty good options depending on what you're looking for)...

and yes, the Bay Area rental and housing market in general are ridiculous. Be prepared. That will be your biggest obstacle.
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Old 08-04-2016, 12:55 AM
 
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fremont is reasonable in terms of rental compared to bay area. rent and house price starting to stabilizie in recent years. if you want you can live in pleasanton or livermore for fremont commute. But to san jose from livermore will be torture. so i'd recommend fremont or nearby. i moved from texas about years ago, times has changed since. more traffic more people.
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Old 08-04-2016, 01:49 AM
 
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fremont is reasonable in terms of rental compared to bay area. rent and house price starting to stabilizie in recent years. if you want you can live in pleasanton or livermore for fremont commute. But to san jose from livermore will be torture. so i'd recommend fremont or nearby. i moved from texas about years ago, times has changed since. more traffic more people.
Ok thanks for the information when you say rent is starting to stabilize what do you mean ? It's still not a good time to buy right ? Me & my wife aren't in tech our careers are very steady.
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Old 08-04-2016, 06:56 AM
 
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From previous post, I assume that your wife is RN and both in medical field. I am also working at Regional and living in Berryessa area. 95132 and 95131 area the zipcode I recommend cause there is no traffic for your wife ( local street only) and you are against the traffic. Also it's easy to get into Freeway I-680 or I-880. However, if you both think about buying the house, 95132 is strongly recommend. Especially the area with Ruskin Elementary, Piedmont High, the average house ( 3BR/2bath ~1500 sq) is around $950K-1M. Berryessa is might not the top area in San Jose, but it's great area.
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Old 08-05-2016, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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What? You haven't even been here and you want to move? Did I get that right? What's your combined income? Have you looked at rental prices on Craigslist?
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Old 08-05-2016, 04:25 PM
 
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What? You haven't even been here and you want to move? Did I get that right? What's your combined income? Have you looked at rental prices on Craigslist?
I listed all the info in my first post. I've been on apartments.com & craigslist. I'll be in town next week for few days of work and to check out apartments in person. & yes I've never been to the Bayarea before had interviews over phone got job, it makes it even more exciting, I like Houston but sure it's wayyyyyyy more pros in trying out the Bayarea vs staying in Houston area for the 30th year.
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Old 08-05-2016, 04:49 PM
 
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Ok thanks for the information when you say rent is starting to stabilize what do you mean ? It's still not a good time to buy right ? Me & my wife aren't in tech our careers are very steady.
i meant the crazy rise in rent/real estate has seem to have some slow-down in recent years.
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Old 08-05-2016, 05:12 PM
 
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i meant the crazy rise in rent/real estate has seem to have some slow-down in recent years.
oh ok thanks I see, yeah I don't think we would buy in the area, my wife likes oakland area from her research to buy a house but she would have to get a job in that area next year if we were to considered that, I would be ok with commuting or catching the bart to fremont from there.
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