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Old 10-25-2007, 11:59 AM
 
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We will be relocating to the bay area soon. We have a 3 year old and a new born. Looking for information on family friendly neighborhoods (good schools, kids activities, neighborhoods with other families with young children) in the bay area. My husband will be working in Palo Alto and I will be looking for a job after we get there. (I am a software engineer).

Any information will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-26-2007, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Check out Belmont, San Carlos and the western part of Redwood City. You'll find housing to be a little more expensive in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. San Carlos has a small town feel with good schools such as in the White Oaks district.
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Old 10-26-2007, 05:17 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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If you can afford it, on the other hand, Palo Alto is very nice. Menlo Park is variable, with good neighborhoods close to really terrible ones like North Fair Oaks.
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Old 10-27-2007, 01:46 AM
 
Location: In the Redwoods
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I agree - if you can afford it, Palo Alto is a great place to raise kids! Menlo Park is really nice around Sand Hill (near Stanford) and along Santa Cruz/Alameda de las Pulgas, but does have sketchy parts in the south & near 101. Redwood City, Belmont and San Carlos are nice, but unless you go private, your kids won't be in the best schools. If it's not too far north, you should look into San Mateo (SM Park or Hillsdale area), Burlingame & Foster City... I grew up in San Mateo Park, and had a pretty darned good childhood there - of course that was 20-something years ago, but it's still nice. And if you head south, I'd recommend Mtn. View, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, and Saratoga (the last two being quite pricey). Good luck!
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Old 10-27-2007, 09:15 PM
 
Location: right outside your window
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Mill Valley

~ close to getting the software engineering job in the city, or even North of it...

All the best to you
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