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Old 09-01-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm moving to the bay area next week. The work place is a few blocks from the Metro Montgomery BART in the financial downtown area.

I'll be travelling a lot for work. My spouse is in another city, so we will be alternating weekend visits. So I don't need anything fancy.

I'm guessing a studio would be best, but am open to roommates. Seeing as how we have to maintain two apartments, I'm trying to keep my expenses low.

Area? Price range? $800- $1,000 per mos? Checking craigslist, looks like SF is more pricey. I've heard the commute isn't bad from places like Berkeley, Oakland, Millbrae etc, but seems you got to know where in some of those neighborhoods. I've also heard competition for apartments is really tough.

I've got a car which I can keep or get rid of. Still not sure about that either.

Any advice?
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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SF will be competitive for apartments right now with the stupid tech mini-boom and the new school year. Studios will start around $1100 and up for decent areas. I would look at Oakland where it's easier to park and you can get a studio for more like $750-900 in a decent area, check out if the Oakland airport would work for you. Getting to SFO from Oakland is kind of a drag though on BART.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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Apartment in Westlake part of Daly City or in NE quadrant of Oakland would be my votes.
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:06 PM
 
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Apartment in Westlake part of Daly City or in NE quadrant of Oakland would be my votes.
I'm sorry, but Daly City is depressing and grey. I vote no on that suggestion.
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:26 AM
 
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Getting to SFO from Oakland is kind of a drag though on BART.
I disagree. it is a breeze in my book and most trains are direct. It takes about 45 minutes from Macarthur and you are in the terminal. Oakland airport is a pain via transit.

Via car, SFO is around 25 minutes. But if you need to use long term parking, bart and driving are the same amount of time.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:36 AM
 
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Thanks so much for the advice.

I like the idea of NE Oakland, but not sure about the airport.

I have a lead on a room in a house near Broadmoor Village. $750. Any opinions on Broadmoor?
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:51 AM
 
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I'm helping someone move to SF right now, and haven't been able to find any decent (i.e. no Tenderloin, fog belt, or BV/HP) studios for under $1400, and if you can find something, there will be 30 other people who show up to view. It's a rough rental market right now. Oakland to the airport is actually pretty easy - if you're going to OAK better to take a cab, but if SFO the BART station terminus is inside the airport, very easy. I'd say Oakland or the fog belt (outer richmond/sunset) may be your only choices if you're trying to keep costs low.

In my opinion, Daly City is kind of the worst of both worlds - SF weather without SF benefits, but if you don't mind gloomy days then it could work.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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I'm helping someone move to SF right now, and haven't been able to find any decent (i.e. no Tenderloin, fog belt, or BV/HP) studios for under $1400, and if you can find something, there will be 30 other people who show up to view. It's a rough rental market right now. Oakland to the airport is actually pretty easy - if you're going to OAK
Hi, That is so depressing! Is the market that competitive in Oakland as well? Also, what does "BV/HP" stand for? Thanks!
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:56 PM
 
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Well this is what you get for under $900 in Oakland if you look around Lake Merritt, the Temescal/Rockridge, and Piedmont Ave:

SF bay area apts/housing for rent classifieds - craigslist

Mostly it's studios around 800-900 but you do still see some 1br's around the lake for under 900 but you'd have to make sure you were in a decent part around the lake and not in a ghetto part. Also the Temescal has some crappy areas especially if you go west of Telegraph. Looks like the rising prices in SF are starting to infect Oakland, I got a studio for $850 in Rockridge a year ago and looks like that is what studios in the Temescal and Piedmont Ave are going for now and generally those are cheaper areas than Rockridge...I actually don't see anything in Rockridge for less than 900, geez. It's amazing how much rents are going up when wages are so stagnant and there's not that many good new jobs here.

And BV/HP means Bayview/Hunter's Point in SF...really not a good part of the city.
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:19 PM
 
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And BV/HP means Bayview/Hunter's Point in SF...really not a good part of the city.
Hi Mayorhaggar,

Oh it didn't occur to me that that's what BV/HP meant. Thanks!

Is the Oakland rental scene as competitive in the sense that if I went an open house in Cleveland Heights or Rockridge, will I be there with 30 other interested parties?

TIA!
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