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Old 01-05-2010, 11:16 PM
 
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I'll be moving to the south bay area at the end of the month to work at Apple in Cupertino, but I hear there's not a lot to do in the area. A friend suggested the downtown San Jose area and I was wondering what its like there. Would it be a pain to get to Cupertino and back during rush hour, and would living there be a significantly better choice for nightlife? I'm trying to stay under 2500$/mo to rent a place with a bit of a yard for my dogs and some space to park a few cars. Are there good/bad areas of town or is it pretty homogeneous?
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:16 AM
 
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I'll be moving to the south bay area at the end of the month to work at Apple in Cupertino, but I hear there's not a lot to do in the area. A friend suggested the downtown San Jose area and I was wondering what its like there. Would it be a pain to get to Cupertino and back during rush hour, and would living there be a significantly better choice for nightlife? I'm trying to stay under 2500$/mo to rent a place with a bit of a yard for my dogs and some space to park a few cars. Are there good/bad areas of town or is it pretty homogeneous?
Downtown SJ is not a good place if you want a house with a yard. The adjacent neigbhorhoods of Rosegarden and Willow Glen are close to downtown and you could probably get a small house for $2500 or less, but I'm not absolutely sure of that since both neigbhorhoods are pricey.

Another option might be the neigborhoods just north and east of downtown (think north 11th to north 20th streets north of Julian street). Close to downtown, but have houses with yards. Decent neighborhood but not as trendy/expensive as Willow Glen or Rosegarden.

If your workplace is close to 280, Cupertino would not be too bad of a commute. Personally, I hate commuting and try to minimize it at all costs, but by most peoples' stanards, it would be a tolerable commute. If you have to take highway 85, though, that freeway tends to be slower.

You might also want to look into a place like Campbell. There is a mini-nightlife scene at the Pruneyard Shopping Center. And it would still put you reasonably close to downtown SJ while at the same time making your commute easier. Rents in Campbell would be a bit cheaper than Cupertino, I think.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:41 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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You can live anywhere starting from Downtown SJ going west to cupertino. Commute from Downtown SJ to Apple Campus in Cupertino is fairly short (10mi or so?). Downtown, like the previous poster said is full of condos, lofts, and apartments... You will not find a yard. Campbell seems like a good suggestion, or west side SJ. Cupertino itself is very very expensive rents due to schools. I don't think any of these locations are too far from the SJ nightlife in Downtown SJ, Pruneyard in Campbell, and Santana Row in the West side.
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Campbell seems like a good choice Welcome to Downtown Campbell (http://www.downtowncampbell.com/about.php - broken link).
There is a light rail line between Campbell and downtown SJ. Cupertino is not too far away.
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:54 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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There are houses all over the downtown area, but they tend to be old and falling apart. Developers have gradually been buying them as they become unusable and building new properties, especially in the area around the Caltrain station..
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Back in California!
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Stay in Cupertino...
SJ isn't even that far if you wanna hang out...
I would live closer to penninsula and hang out in the city if I were you...
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:38 PM
 
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Well, Cupertino will be pure suburb.
Downtown SJ is ok; the complaints usually compare it to top 5 metros, which it of course can't keep pace.

It is unfortunately quite fragmented; traditional "downtown" is a highway drive away from Santana Row.
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Cambrian Park, San Jose
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If you want to be close to activity, there are some fun areas that you could try to get close to:
1) Lincoln Ave (xStreet Willow or Minnesota) in the neighborhood of Willow Glen (city: San Jose)
2) Campbell Ave (xStreet Winchester) would put you close to old town Campbell (city: Campbell)
3) Winchester Ave at Stevens Creek would put you close to Santana Row which is a "see and be seen" type night life with restaurants bars and shopping, much more popular than actual down town San Jose, which sort of closes down at night. (city: San Jose)
4) Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos is totally fun, but the rents in LG tend to be pricier... you'll have to check it out though. Living in Campbell or West San Jose would put you close to this and you could drive over for dinners, etc without hitting the freeways.

Hope that helps!
Kirsten Reilly
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Almaden
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Another area to consider is Cambrian....there are some really nice areas that border Campbell or Willow Glen, and prices will be cheaper.
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:34 PM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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What kind of 'nightlife' are you looking for? The South Bay isn't well known for it's late-night scene, unfortunately.
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