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Old 11-19-2009, 01:53 PM
 
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Hello All,

I am currently living in MA and I'm getting a little sick of the cold weather. My work has a location in Redwood City, CA so I'm just interested in learning more about it. I'm finding that decent areas are VERY expensive. I would be looking for a quaint town with good schools and a good place to raise a child. My husband and I have decent jobs but we are not rich and we also have daycare expense. Our combined income is about $90,000 but that might change if or when we moved. How are the beaches around there? Is there any area that would be affordable for us that is nice and within a half hr from Redwood City? Please let me know the pros and cons of living around that area.

Thank you
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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It depends on what sort of living arrangement you want. You won't be able to buy a house on a $90k salary unless you have a large downpayment. Figure at minimum $600k for a house, more likely $800k for anything decent. $90k salary might get you a $300k mortgage these days, so the rest will have to be cash.

Redwood City isn't cheap, but it has sections that are cheaper than many of the surrounding towns. You should be able to find a basic rental house for $2000/month or so. Apartments are somewhat cheaper. Whether you would consider them decent depends on you. There are no beaches nearby. The beaches are on the ocean side of the peninsula (across the mountains), a drive of 30-60 minutes depending on traffic and which beach. Don't expect warm SoCal-style beaches. The coast is often cold and foggy.

By the way, that region is usually referred to as "the peninsula," not Silicon Valley, which is further south.
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:04 PM
 
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Silicon Valley is perhaps the most expensive suburban housing in all of California, and one of the most expensive regions in the entire country. Within 30 minutes you have tony enclaves and wicked ghettos. 90k will not afford you much beyond a simple condo. Do not make any plan to move to CA around a decrease in cost-of-living from wherever you are unless it's Manhattan.
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Hello All,

I am currently living in MA and I'm getting a little sick of the cold weather. My work has a location in Redwood City, CA so I'm just interested in learning more about it. I'm finding that decent areas are VERY expensive. I would be looking for a quaint town with good schools and a good place to raise a child. My husband and I have decent jobs but we are not rich and we also have daycare expense. Our combined income is about $90,000 but that might change if or when we moved. How are the beaches around there? Is there any area that would be affordable for us that is nice and within a half hr from Redwood City? Please let me know the pros and cons of living around that area.

Thank you

Hi I live in Redwood City, like the others have said it is not cheap to live here and this is probably the local minimum, meaning everything goes up from here unless you go into blight.

Figure daycare costs for a 2 year old around $1800/month, maybe $1000 if you belong to a Church. Gets cheaper as they get older. Renting a place within 30min, with good schools will definitely cost more than 2k/month on average. I can get to Montara Beach in about 20 min with no traffic, 280 to 92. I can't think of anywhere cheaper unless you go about 1hr-1.5 inland. Sorry.
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:49 PM
 
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As the area you are describing is essentially part of the SF burbs (check your geographic knowledge) you might want to post this in the SF Forum.
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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Thank you everyone! Sil Valley is not for my family. We are not rich. I'll get that area off my brain and start thinking about other places.

You've all been a great help
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