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Old 07-13-2011, 10:45 AM
 
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Me and my husband are looking into moving from Texas to San Francisco or the surrounding areas. Where is the best city to start off in and what places should we stay far away from?
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Fremont, CA
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Where will you be working? What is your budget? Do you have kids? What kind of weather are you looking for...etc.
You need to provide more info to get any good responses. The Bay Area is a big place with many different types of places to choose from.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:07 AM
 
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You're gonna have to give us more info to go off of, like:

1) your budget
2) what kind of place you want to live (1bedroom apartment, 2br house, condo, etc)
3) where you will commute to and how far you want to commute (the Bay Area is a MASSIVE region with a lot of traffic bottlenecks partly due to geography, so figuring out where you will work is the first thing you should do when looking for housing to avoid a completely pointlessly long commute)
4) what kind of city/town you want to live in--suburban sprawl, a dense urban area, or a rural cabin out in the sticks

Start out with this, and try and narrow it down some. There are a lot of crappy areas in the Bay Area--Hayward, East Oakland, the city of Richmond--but it would be easier to list them if we could focus on a specific area. Here's a brief description of the main parts of the Bay Area:

1) San Francisco: the big cheese, lots of office jobs. Dense and walkable. Best public transit in the region but Muni can be flaky. Tends to be windier and foggier than more inland areas, especially in the western part of the city. Expensive and housing is very small for the price.

2) San Mateo County, aka the Peninsula. Lots and lots of older suburbs, you'll need a car. Expensive because it's between SF and Silicon Valley, prices are similar to in SF but you'd get a bit more room for your money. North of Millbrae the weather is similar to in SF, south of there it gets warmer in summer the further south you go.

3) East Bay--Alameda County and Contra Costa County. More affordable than the Peninsula or South Marin, and easy to get to SF by BART. Berkeley and Oakland are pretty dense and walkable, otherwise it's pretty suburban. The areas along the Bay are cool in summer but not as cool as SF, but when you go inland to around Walnut Creek it gets very hot in summer, 90's and 100's are common.

4) Marin/North Bay: South Marin is super expensive, it gets cheaper when you go to around San Rafael or further north. A mix of typical suburbs with mansions set up in the hills. Sonoma or Solano Counties are cheaper too but can be a really harsh commute to SF. Weather ranges from fairly cool to very hot in summer depending on how far from the bay and the ocean you are.

5) Silicon Valley/San Jose: lots of tech jobs, but very expensive. Basically a lot of suburban sprawl. Warm and sunny in summer but not as hot as areas further inland.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:08 AM
 
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Question Stressing!!

Seems I left quite a few details out! My husband will be transfering with his current job for Sprint, me on the other will be looking once we move. We have no children and as for budget it would have to be no more than 1100-1200 for rent. I know this is not much in Cali but we have to start off somewhere. As for weather conditions we are use to hot and humid weather so not sure what conditions we'd like to live in, any opinions would be greatly appreciated. thanks
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:12 AM
 
Location: South Korea
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Where would his job be? $1200 won't get you much but would get you at least a 1br in the East Bay, maybe a 2br. Post what city his job would be in and we can give some more localized advice.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:15 AM
 
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As an asst. manager he is able to transfer to any store he would like. Ill be looking for a sales or customer position just until my nursing license is cleared in california, which they advised me may take 90 days. As for renting we would be happy with just a 1 bedroom but of course a 2 bedroom would be nice.
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:22 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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Well if $1200 is your ceiling then your money will go furthest in the East Bay or Solano County. Pick an area, do some research, and figure out whether you want to live somewhere more urban, more rural, or more suburban, otherwise I don't really know what to tell you.
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:44 PM
 
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My have a friend who rents a nice place in Sunnyvale for 1240. Just look around on Craigslist.
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Seems I left quite a few details out! My husband will be transfering with his current job for Sprint, me on the other will be looking once we move. We have no children and as for budget it would have to be no more than 1100-1200 for rent. I know this is not much in Cali but we have to start off somewhere. As for weather conditions we are use to hot and humid weather so not sure what conditions we'd like to live in, any opinions would be greatly appreciated. thanks
Good news on the weather front. I was at FT Hood for 6 years. There is no place in the Bay Area, or probably even the entire state of CA that will serve up TX weather. Our hottest cities are at least dry. I remember the oppressive heat and humidity. To add insult to injury, the state has the nerve to even get cold in the winter at times. I had a lot of good times in TX...just not with the weather. Running around in a steel oven (tank) dressed in chemical gear probably didn't help things....
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:57 PM
 
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Just wanna thank everyone for your help, going to do a little more research and plan a trip in september to look at all the areas.
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