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Old 05-08-2011, 03:02 PM
 
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I'm 39, yearly budget of 40.000 and like to hang out. Should I move into Palo Alto and stay next to the campus or go through caltrain and live downtown?
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Old 05-08-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I'm 39, yearly budget of 40.000 and like to hang out. Should I move into Palo Alto and stay next to the campus or go through caltrain and live downtown?
My husband works at Stanford, and I looked at tons of apartment and rental housing there. Was there again today driving by some of those places. You get far more for your money if just live in SF around Potrero Hill, Dog Patch, Mission Bay renting than you do renting in Palo Alto. Plus you must have air conditioning or can be miserable in Palo Alto in summer. I prefer to live where I need no air-conditioning.

We chose SF & Pacifica. Also the Caltrain Baby Bullet is good down to Stanford, gives nice opportunity to read some books, use computer on the train. Much better overall experience. Palo Alto not bad, it's just very expensive for what you get in housing, and not much of an entertainment scene. My husband said he was bored to tears when a post doc living there. That's why he moved to the city.
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Old 05-09-2011, 03:16 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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Plus you must have air conditioning or can be miserable in Palo Alto in summer. I prefer to live where I need no air-conditioning.
I respectfully disagree.

Sure, compared with San Francisco, maybe PA is warmer in summer, but it's not that unpleasantly hot. I live in PA with no A/C, and the summers don't get THAT hot, certainly not compared with inland communities (and I speak from the experience of living in Southeast Asia, and the East Coast, where it gets really hot and humid). Perhaps you might need A/C maybe 10 days out of the year if you're really that sensitive to heat.
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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I respectfully disagree.

Sure, compared with San Francisco, maybe PA is warmer in summer, but it's not that unpleasantly hot. I live in PA with no A/C, and the summers don't get THAT hot, certainly not compared with inland communities (and I speak from the experience of living in Southeast Asia, and the East Coast, where it gets really hot and humid). Perhaps you might need A/C maybe 10 days out of the year if you're really that sensitive to heat.
I agree!. Palo Alto is warm and pleasant suring the summer. I live in the area and don't have or need A/C. The weather is much nicer than the constant wind and fog you get in San Francisco.

As for the commute, do you really want to travel 70 miles round trip every day?
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:47 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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On 40k you'd probably end up living with roommates in SF, it's up to you if you're into that. Palo Alto I would guess is about as expensive but I imagine you could find a cheap studio somewhere around the Silicon Valley area, maybe in San Jose.

It's up to you if you want to live in SF, you are 39, it's up to you if you want to live in a college town like P.A. or in SF which is a pretty young city, or if you want to live in a quieter more suburban area near Stanford.
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Old 05-10-2011, 04:22 PM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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You're going to be on the ramen noodles for breakfast lunch and dinner plan if you expect to be able to live in Palo Alto on 40K/year.
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