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Old 12-18-2013, 08:18 PM
 
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I am a 33 y/o single mother of 2 (15 y/o son and 7 y/o daughter). Very nervous as i have never travelled to California. I work in the patent and trademark industry. My job is opening an office in San Mateo. Looking for suggestions on safe, family friendly neighborhoods to rent a 3bedroom place, schools, preferbly a performing arts high school. My son attends Duke Ellington here in DC for visual arts. He has 2 more years left and i would like to keep him on the same path. Salary approximately 65000. Please help me get my wheels turning as i am totally clueless, excited yet scared. Thankx guys!
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:32 PM
 
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I hate to break it to you but you don't have a lot of options with a 65k salary. San Mateo is the Peninsula which is beautiful but expensive. Check Daily City since it's less expensive than other parts of the peninsula. Not sure what the safe areas are. How much do you want to spend a month?
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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65k here is like 30k for the rest of the us. Especially with kids. You will have a tough time for sure.
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Old 12-18-2013, 11:25 PM
 
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Hahahaha! When I saw AA, I thought she meant alcoholics anonymous. I was thinking, why are you guys assuming she is Black.

Anyways, $65k is not possible for a family of three to live in anywhere from SF to SJ. I guess it is possible, but life would be very tough. You should look toward East Bay. Maybe you could find something in Fremont. It's very safe, more affordable and not too far from San Mateo.
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Old 12-19-2013, 12:49 AM
 
Location: oakland / berkeley
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No comment on the other things, but it's not going to work on the Peninsula. Look at the East Bay, and work on your patience for commutes involving a bridge.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:01 AM
 
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Thank s for the responses guys, lol at alcoholics anonymous.... That is another reason I felt I needed to post. I am not looking to move to San Mateo, i dont mind the commute. I am moreso interested in affordable living. I also can negotiate my salary. What is a feasible salary for you guys? 65, 000 goes a long way and provides a comfy life here in DC. However, I understand the cost of living is higher. I am not opposed to living in Fremont, Oakland, Ive been reading up on Berkley also. But again, I am clueless and dont know where to start. Just highly excited for the new opportunity. Any and all feedback is appreciated.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:16 AM
 
Location: oakland / berkeley
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I suggest renting a short-term place for a few months via a service like Airbnb, and taking your time to find a more permanent neighborhood. You'll have time to develop a feel for different communities, commute options, lifestyle, price, etc.
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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That DC life on $65k with two kids needs more like $120k here in the Bay Area. And I might be underestimating the code of renting in a good school district. And you'll definitely have an hour commute, or more. I work in San Mateo, live in Oakland, my commute is about 45-50 minutes each way.

You could try Alameda, schools are good. And perhaps your son can go to Oakland School of the Arts, which is an easy bus ride or drive through the tunnel from Alameda. You'll have about a 45 minutes commute. That is your best bet. A two bedroom apartment is around $2000.
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:06 PM
 
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Probably better to live in San Jose for now. If you're in the patent and trademark industry, I see your company possibly moving in the future to downtown San Jose, where the USPTO will now be officially located.
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Studio City, CA 91604
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$65k a year to live in the Bay Area with 2 kids???? Seriously?

You should either:

1.) Stay where you are...
2.) Ask your boss for a COL raise...

or

3.) If you're set on coming to California, start looking at Tracy, Antioch and Stockton and expect at least a two-hour commute each way!

I don't see any other options on $65k a year.
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