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Old 03-26-2010, 12:36 AM
 
Location: San Rafael, CA
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Hi all. I moved to San Rafael a year ago and love it. But it's just too dang expensive. I can afford a place up to about $1100/month. I'm trying to get an idea of any other places that are a little like north bay. one that has at least some eclectic neighborhoods. Some hippies, progressives, open-minded people with at least some type of alternative scene and plenty of nature to explore. I don't need a perfect neighborhood, but one with not too high of a crime rate. The job scene doesn't matter and racial diversity is a plus, but not necessary.

I want to be somewhat near the bay area but Sacramento is doable for me. I'm wondering if Santa Rosa is too conservative and suburban. East bay looks like a possibility, but there are so many communities that i wouldn't know where to start.
Any ideas or info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a bunch!
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:06 PM
 
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Hi all. I moved to San Rafael a year ago and love it. But it's just too dang expensive. I can afford a place up to about $1100/month. I'm trying to get an idea of any other places that are a little like north bay. one that has at least some eclectic neighborhoods. Some hippies, progressives, open-minded people with at least some type of alternative scene and plenty of nature to explore. I don't need a perfect neighborhood, but one with not too high of a crime rate. The job scene doesn't matter and racial diversity is a plus, but not necessary.

I want to be somewhat near the bay area but Sacramento is doable for me. I'm wondering if Santa Rosa is too conservative and suburban. East bay looks like a possibility, but there are so many communities that i wouldn't know where to start.
Any ideas or info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a bunch!
If I was you, I would look into the Santa Rosa area. It's about 30 min from San Rafael. It is cheaper and some areas will have what you are looking for. I think a reasonable person could live in most communities so I would not worry about one being "too conservative."

You could also look into the East Bay but I am not sure of the current rental prices. I guess you could look at craigslist to get an idea of the price.
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Old 03-27-2010, 04:27 PM
 
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Santa Rosa is cool for what you mentioned. There are a fair amount of hippies in area. The outlying areas are more suburban, Rohnert Park etc. More alternative towards Occidental, Guerneville etc. but certainly more rural. Santa Rosa is diverse.
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Old 03-28-2010, 04:01 PM
 
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I have lived in both Santa Rosa and now Sacramento. SR has a decent nightlife and there are a lot of areas where you can find an alternative influence. The downside I would say is that the area is a bit more clichey than others in the bay. It seems as though a lot of people have grown up and attended highschool in Santa Rosa and never left. The downtown/5th street area does have a bit of the "vibe" that you are looking for though . . . . . as far as apartments go, what do you consider a high rent? A decent 1 BR is Santa Rosa is probably going to run you $900.

In contrast, Sacramento has a LOT more going on. Midtown is a hipster/alternative hub. You will find no shortage of flavor in this area. The area has its' own unique feel with trendy hair salons, coffee shops, art museums, restaurants, clothing stores, bars, and even a psychic reader or two. It's a very ethnically diverse city as well, with whites accounting for less than 50% of the total population, which provides more flavor.

The music scene here is healthy and alive (better than Santa Rosa) and you can find a decent 1 br apartment for $695 in Midtown. Much, much cheaper than anywhere in the north bay or Santa Rosa.

If I were you I'd come check out Midtown. Check out the entire area between about L St and 9th and S st. and about 27th. I like midtown and have had pretty good times here so far, much better than Santa Rosa.
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