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Old 11-09-2017, 09:55 PM
 
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Oh and if you're going to want some nightlife, Rivermark has nothing to offer. NOTHING. Well, you could saunter your way across Guadalupe River, cross 1st, walk all the way to Zanker, and go to Crescent neighborhood to get to Mortar and Pestle, who only opens until 12AM on Fri and Sat night.

Meanwhile, Downtown SJ has over 40 bars/lounges for you

Outside of DTSJ, the other South Bay downtowns has about 1-3 bars/lounges each, with Palo Alto having the most with 4? Basically you combine every other South Bay downtown bars/lounges outside of DTSJ, multiply by 3, and you get the number of bars/lounges in DTSJ.
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Old 11-11-2017, 02:11 AM
 
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Mountain View downtown
Palo Alto downtown (might be out of budget for $3k)
Sunnyvale downtown (kind of small but nice safe area)
Willow Glen
Downtown SJ
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Old 11-11-2017, 03:08 AM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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Google Rivermark Plaza and see if it would have what you had in mind, as far as things to be able to walk to. It's really close to Intel. There are apartments right around that shopping area, and there's a park there, and a library, restaurants, grocery store - all within walking distance right out your apartment door.

Here's a Google map search for "Rivermark Plaza" for you to check out (zoom in to see more shops, restaurants, etc.) I see one of them has a lounge listed. I remember going to a really nice popular upscale restaurant there for a work event lunch and there was a separate bar. I think it was Piatti's that I see on the map. So, you could even go out for just a drink in a nice place. There's a Starbucks, etc., too. Check out the street view.:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ri...4d-121.9456779

And here is the map showing the distance to Intel from Rivermark Plaza (just 1.2 miles):

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/2200...9!2d37.3943414


The down side to being in that part of town, is that depending on where you're going, traffic can be a problem with the stadium when there are games (Levi Stadium) from what I've heard. But, overall, it's a nice safe area. I used to live in Santa Clara, and at one point worked close to there.

Willow Glen downtown area is cute and a fun place to go - it's just a few blocks of shops, but I can't think of any apartments close to downtown, so I'm not sure about being able to walk out of your apartment to go out. And commuting from there would be a pain.

I do think you can find that in Campbell, but again, the cute downtown area is pretty small and I'm not sure about apartments right there. There are a lot of apartments around the shopping malls in Campbell that I can recall. But, I'm not sure it's got enough more going for it than Rivermark to deal with the commute, which would be a big pain.

Saratoga is really nice, but far, and again, the downtown area is small and not near any apartments that I know of.

If it was me, I'd choose Rivermark for the convenience to work, and walkability from my apartment door, and then just go to downtown SJ when I wanted more action or to go see a show, etc.

Edit: Here's a search on Craigslist for rentals using the search term "Rivermark" so you can see what type of housing is available for what price, etc., in that area:

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/...rmark&hasPic=1
Thank you much; this was helpful. In my research I did find some places for rent in the Rivermark area and reached the same thought process of sticking there for now until we get our bearings in about a year or so. Then we can venture out to a different part of the South Bay once we get more familiar.
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Old 11-11-2017, 03:09 AM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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Mountain View downtown
Palo Alto downtown (might be out of budget for $3k)
Sunnyvale downtown (kind of small but nice safe area)
Willow Glen
Downtown SJ
Whoa mama! those Palo Alto prices are no joke.
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Old 11-11-2017, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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Oh and if you're going to want some nightlife, Rivermark has nothing to offer. NOTHING. Well, you could saunter your way across Guadalupe River, cross 1st, walk all the way to Zanker, and go to Crescent neighborhood to get to Mortar and Pestle, who only opens until 12AM on Fri and Sat night.

Meanwhile, Downtown SJ has over 40 bars/lounges for you

Outside of DTSJ, the other South Bay downtowns has about 1-3 bars/lounges each, with Palo Alto having the most with 4? Basically you combine every other South Bay downtown bars/lounges outside of DTSJ, multiply by 3, and you get the number of bars/lounges in DTSJ.
Yeah, it appears Rivermark would be more about convenience to work for sure. We'd have to drive to downtown SJ to get our nightlife fix. I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons of living close to work and driving to downtown; or living downtown and driving farther to work.
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Old 11-13-2017, 03:06 PM
 
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Yeah, it appears Rivermark would be more about convenience to work for sure. We'd have to drive to downtown SJ to get our nightlife fix. I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons of living close to work and driving to downtown; or living downtown and driving farther to work.
Take it from folks who live here. There are no pros and cons.

Live close to work is almost always the correct choice until you see this traffic first hand and test it out for a week or so.
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Newark, CA
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Take it from folks who live here. There are no pros and cons.

Live close to work is almost always the correct choice until you see this traffic first hand and test it out for a week or so.
Yes! This! ^^^

I've been spoiled with having a 4 mile commute to work for a long time now. Before that, I commuted from south San Jose to Fremont, then to Palo Alto from Fremont and back home...repeat Monday through Friday. I DO NOT MISS IT!

I've actually found myself getting annoyed that my once 10 minute commute to work is now about 20 minutes. I've gotten so spoiled.

The OP really should focus on making an easy commute be the biggest priority. I've lived in the Bay Area my entire life and I've never seen traffic as bad as it is now.
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Old Today, 08:58 AM
 
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Take it from folks who live here. There are no pros and cons.

Live close to work is almost always the correct choice until you see this traffic first hand and test it out for a week or so.


THIS. OP, don't worry about nightlife, walkability, etc. Those are trivials compared to the real issue: commute.

In this forum, the mantra is: "The key to happiness in Silicon Valley is to live as close to your work place as affordably possible."
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