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Old 08-06-2011, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Hi, I am a single woman in her 30s planning to move to the Bay area next year. I've read several times on this forum that it is possible to find a studio in SF for $1000-$1200/month. But I've searched on Craigslist and elsewhere online and haven't found anything quite that affordable that is not in a less desirable neighborhood. As I'll be living alone, it is utterly important to find a place in a neighborhood that is as safe as possible. Is it really possible to find something less than $1200/month? I have to admit, I'm feeling a little discouraged. I've begun to consider living outside the city. But ideally I'd like to be in SF itself as, among other things, I want to experience the pedestrian lifestyle. Coming from Miami, that is a totally alien notion to me.

Thank you so much for your attention and for any information you may provide. Best to all...
I'd look in outer richmond district but you'll have to be lucky to find anything that isn't a converted garage.
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:16 PM
 
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Are there any neighborhoods that you'd suggest I stay the heck away from in SF (I already know about the TL and Bayview) and in Oakland?
From what I've come to understand, primarily from these forums, is that (speaking of Oakland now) in the Temescal and Rockridge neighborhoods, you pretty much want to be east of Telegraph...parts west of that divider can get quite sketchy.

Around the Lake Merritt area (Adams Point, Cleveland Heights, etc..) you want to be careful as you get down close to International Blvd., and I've heard other posters on here say that East 18th is a good north / south divider between the nice enough / sketchy areas (you'll want to stay north of there, especially at night)

As for Glenview, Dimond and Laurel neighborhoods, I think (as a general rule) as long as you stay north of the 580, you should be fine. I'll defer to others on here though, as I'm really not very familiar with these areas. I'm sure there could be rough pockets north of the 580, or decent pockets south of it. As in any big city, it really pays to know your areas.

I'll also defer to others on SF neighborhoods to avoid.


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I've come to realize that it will be very important to me to have space for my loved ones to visit.
Don't forget your family...they may want to visit too!
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:42 PM
 
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Thanks guys!! Now I know exactly where to look on padmapper.com. And I feel much better than I did yesterday. Thanks!
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:21 PM
 
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Heck in some nice parts of Oakland you could get a 2br for under $1200, probably in areas like Adam's Point or the Dimond.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:45 PM
 
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Yes, that's what I'm hoping for. I'm already decorating my guest room in my head!
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Those areas in Oakland are closer to SF than half of SF. Transit is really fast from Temescal/Rockridge/Piedmont Ave/Lake Merritt. The BART ride is about 20-25 minutes max. (For reference, the Sunset or Richmond take about 40 minutes via bus to get to downtown SF). Driving from North Oakland outside of the commute time is about 15 minutes to downtown SF.

I used to go to SF a lot more, but now it is more like 3 times a month. (I no longer work in SF)

In terms of the "SF scene" Oakland has much of the same: cool restaurants, interesting bars, interesting people. But the best thing is for me is the diversity. Going out in a mixed ethnic group of friends is completely common and almost expected. Also, you'll find that places are full of a range of ages and incomes levels (in addition to the ethnic diversity).
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