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Old 06-13-2013, 06:37 PM
 
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I was out in California recently and was pretty impressed with Walnut Creek. I've been playing around with the idea of moving out to CA but one requirement that I have is that it has to be a realistic commute to work (for me, 1.5 hrs one way tops). I work in IT so I would think most of the jobs would be in San Francisco. Is this realistic from Walnut Creek using the BART or via driving?
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:03 PM
 
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I think so, but I'd also point out that there are a lot of tech jobs all over the Bay, especially more South towards Silicon Valley. That would be a far commute.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:33 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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BART is a 35 min train ride into downtown SF and faster and cheaper than driving. Only problem is parking fills up so you have to get there a little early or get a permit unless you live within walkning distance or take the bus.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:10 PM
 
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Most of the best IT jobs will be in the San Jose and peninsula areas. Both are nightmare commutes from Walnut Creek.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:26 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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See where your job turns out to be, then figure out where the best place to live is. The employment part of the picture is the wild card.
The commute to SF from WC is a piece of cake, but you have no idea where in SF the job will be. Additional commuting via MUNI may be necessary. And if your job turns out to be in San Jose, then WC might not be the best choice for a home address. You never know where you may end up landing a job. Could be at Lawrence Livermore Lab, you might end up commuting in the opposite direction from WC.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:20 PM
 
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See where your job turns out to be, then figure out where the best place to live is. The employment part of the picture is the wild card.
The commute to SF from WC is a piece of cake, but you have no idea where in SF the job will be. Additional commuting via MUNI may be necessary. And if your job turns out to be in San Jose, then WC might not be the best choice for a home address. You never know where you may end up landing a job. Could be at Lawrence Livermore Lab, you might end up commuting in the opposite direction from WC.
I presently work remotely and can move basically anywhere in north america so I don't need a job atm. I think it's a worthwhile requirement to be near a city that has good amount of IT jobs as it's possible that I may need it down the road. That's why I'm asking generally about commuting to SF as I don't really have a specific address
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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Most of the best IT jobs will be in the San Jose and peninsula areas. Both are nightmare commutes from Walnut Creek.
Y, silicon valley is the best place to be for IT. San Jose is on my list to investigate more for this reason alone
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:24 PM
 
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are there any other areas not far from SF that
1) that have affordable rent and property prices (for me $350k for a condo)
2) low crime
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:56 PM
 
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You can get a 1-bedroom condo at that price in many places. Palo Alto is probably the best place to stay in the Bay Area, a it put you in the center. But it is pretty expensive. But, who knows, you may get a oldish condo around there somewhere
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:56 PM
 
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BART. take the train. there is parking at the stations. you can read or work on the train. bart trains are fairly nice. try to avoid the busiest commute times to get a seat. it's a pretty relaxing commute. i've done it.
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