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Old 12-16-2010, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Pleasanton and Dublin are actually decent towns with close proximity to Oakland/San Francisco or San Jose to Monterey. I would suggest to the OP that she at least check them out herself.
I actually lived in Pleasanton for a year and if you're looking for young/hip/intellectual then this is definitely not the place. It's great for conservative white families. I'm also a native San Franciscan so for me, the place was the equivalent of he**.
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:30 AM
 
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This is great advice. I just did some reading on Rockridge, and if I CAN find something I can afford (I'm spending $1,600 on my condo now, which I plan to rent out.) I'd like to not go above $1,200 for a rental and I'm fine with a 1 bed for now. (At least until I can sell my condo in Boston, will have to rent it for now.)

What's Berkeley like? I haven't been since I was 18 and looking at the school for college. It seemed very urban then, but that was half my life ago.

And, I'm not looking at SoCal at all. My family is there... I grew up in the SF Valley, which is why I'm looking at the North! I'd like to be closer to them than I am now on the east, but not so close, if ya know what I mean!
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:34 AM
 
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Thanks everyone! Such great insight.

I'm definitely looking for a multicultural place, so maybe not Pleasanton. I like being close (within a 5 mile radius) of an urban environment, but I don't need to be on the main thoroughfare. For anyone familiar with Boston, I'm in Inman Square now, which is about a 25-minute walk from downtown Boston. It would be ideal if the neighbors would actually talk to me (and I've lived in this place for 4 years!) and if the I didn't have to dig myself out of two feet of snow every couple of weeks in the winter!
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:57 AM
 
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I actually lived in Pleasanton for a year and if you're looking for young/hip/intellectual then this is definitely not the place. It's great for conservative white families. I'm also a native San Franciscan so for me, the place was the equivalent of he**.
As I've said in my previous post, the OP should check them out herself...
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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This is great advice. I just did some reading on Rockridge, and if I CAN find something I can afford (I'm spending $1,600 on my condo now, which I plan to rent out.) I'd like to not go above $1,200 for a rental and I'm fine with a 1 bed for now. (At least until I can sell my condo in Boston, will have to rent it for now.)

What's Berkeley like? I haven't been since I was 18 and looking at the school for college. It seemed very urban then, but that was half my life ago.

And, I'm not looking at SoCal at all. My family is there... I grew up in the SF Valley, which is why I'm looking at the North! I'd like to be closer to them than I am now on the east, but not so close, if ya know what I mean!
If you post your Berkeley/Oakland (Rockridge) questions on the SF Forum you'll get a lot more neighborhood specific information that I don't about (poster "Mayorhaggar" and several other posters over there will be able to help you out more than I)
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:14 PM
 
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THanks for the tip. I didn't realize the north was that wintery. I was thinking that after being in Chicago and on the east coast for 15 years, even northern California would feel like paradise! SLO is San Luis Obispo, right?
Yes, it's a college town and very active and young. Your only 3 hrs from family, tons of sun, and there is tons of sophistication in downtown from coffee shops to art galleries to indie film theater to performing arts theater to book stores to bars and different restaurants!
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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With SAD you really shouldn't live much north of the 35th parallel. That means central California, not northern. I would consider anything as far north as SLO on the coast and up to Chico inland. There is still a certain amount of winter tule fog in the valley, but the dark season is fairly short.
Can I ask a silly question? SAD???
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Old 12-24-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Tijuana Exurbs
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Can I ask a silly question? SAD???
SAD = Seasonal Affective Disorder

Basically, it means that gloomy weather gives you a gloomy mood. I think it was a term that was invented to describe Seattlites and Portlanders.
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:55 PM
 
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Never thought about Sacramento since I was so focused on being close to the ocean, but of course, that's where you get the fog! I lived in California for 18 years and never visited the capital so I have no reference. How sad is that?!

More research to do....
The fog in Sac really only lasts through December & January, and it usually doesn't last all day long. So you'd probably have SAD issues 2 months out of the year (at most) instead of 5. The winter weather there is obviously warmer than Boston, but nothing to rave about. Highs are typically in the low 50s, with lows in the high 30s or low 40s. A lot of people complain about the summer heat there, although it's really only a few degrees warmer than Boston in the summer if you average out the highs & lows. Sac is hot during the day but cools off more at night.

Sac is very suburban in character, although downtown/midtown Sac do have an urban vibe...but it's a relatively small area and if you don't live & work in that immediate area, then you'll effectively be forced into living the suburban lifestyle. There is an arts & culture scene there but it's definitely not going to be as good as what you have in Boston. The better weather alone makes it is more outdoors oriented than Boston would be, and they do have some nice parks by the American River.
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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