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Old 02-26-2014, 02:32 PM
 
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If the jobs are roughly equivalent, then come to SF. It's much more like Seattle. You can scrape by in SF, Oakland, or Berkeley while you're young and working all the time, and buy a beautiful place in the East Bay hills when you're a partner. It's not urban at all, so I'm personally disinclined to living there at least at this point in my life, but it's unimaginably beautiful, e.g. Wildcat Canyon. This is a fairly common trajectory.
This is what I was thinking, exactly.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:43 PM
 
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I like the more real, down-to-earth women around the Bay, compared to LA. They're easier to approach, people are friendly in general, and the size of the cities around the area isn't overwhelming, like LA. Decent public transport, too, if that makes a difference. It beats dealing with traffic.
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:03 PM
 
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I've had more than one person tell me that they thought SF was "Man Francisco" and that there were not very many women (although it definitely feels that way out here in LA too going out sometimes). Anyone have thoughts on that?

Also, kind of particular, but while I've heard that interracial relationships are more common in the Bay Area, any Asian American males out there interested in sharing what their SF/Bay Area dating experiences have been like?
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:20 PM
 
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I like the more real, down-to-earth women around the Bay, compared to LA. They're easier to approach, people are friendly in general.
Not my experience at all. I find the people in LA are much more friendly and easier to talk to.

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and the size of the cities around the area isn't overwhelming, like LA.
This is one of the things I dislike most about the Bay area. I like how most places are connected together in LA without annoying bridges. SF is very small,only 7x7 miles. The towns on the peninsula are jammed in between the Bay and the San Andreas fault. Then go to East Bay and you get a small strip of communities jammed in between the Bay and the Hayward fault. This lack of space contributes to the ridiculously high real estate prices in the area.

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Decent public transport, too, if that makes a difference. It beats dealing with traffic.
The lawyers I know drive around SF in their Audis and Lexus LS460s. Staying home or walking beats dealing with SF Muni!

After living in both places there is zero possibility I would pick SF over LA if presented with equivalent job opportunities.
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:36 PM
 
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Not my experience at all. I find the people in LA are much more friendly and easier to talk to.
I agree with Z about the friendliness. People chat with me passing on the sidewalk, waiting in the checkout line, anywhere out-and-about. It's a hallmark of the Bay Area, always has been.
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This is one of the things I dislike most about the Bay area. I like how most places are connected together in LA without annoying bridges. SF is very small,only 7x7 miles. The towns on the peninsula are jammed in between the Bay and the San Andreas fault. Then go to East Bay and you get a small strip of communities jammed in between the Bay and the Hayward fault. This lack of space contributes to the ridiculously high real estate prices in the area.
The bridges are spectacular! The Bay is beautiful to cross. And if you don't like bridges, ride BART to the East Bay. Clearly, you're not from the Bay Area originally.


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The lawyers I know drive around SF in their Audis and Lexus LS460s. Staying home or walking beats dealing with SF Muni!
The lawyers I know live in the East Bay and commute. Muni is for people with lots of patience and no car. Trans-Bay public transit is for people who don't want to deal with traffic and toll booths. East Bay transit also if for people who don't want to hassle driving.
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After living in both places there is zero possibility I would pick SF over LA if presented with equivalent job opportunities.
Suit yourself. I'll take the Bay Area any day.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:17 PM
 
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Interesting, and good to hear some LA people chiming in. Although I've also found that, for the most part, people aren't so friendly out here in LA to random strangers (it varies a little from neighborhood to neighborhood). Also, if I make the move to SF, I want to live in the City/get the full experience, even at the more expensive cost.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:28 PM
 
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People chat with me passing on the sidewalk, waiting in the checkout line, anywhere out-and-about. It's a hallmark of the Bay Area, always has been.
I find that the friendliness of the Bay area is inversely proportional to the distance from San Francisco. SF=the least friendly place I have ever lived. However when visiting places like Livermore or Vacaville I found the people to be very friendly.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:49 PM
 
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I find that the friendliness of the Bay area is inversely proportional to the distance from San Francisco. SF=the least friendly place I have ever lived. However when visiting places like Livermore or Vacaville I found the people to be very friendly.
You may be onto something, there.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:18 PM
 
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I think you should try SF. The reasons you liked Seattle apply more to SF than LA in my opinion, and if you think you can go back to LA easily if SF doesn't work out, then you have nothing to lose by giving SF a shot.
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:55 PM
 
Location: SAN ANTONIO AREA
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GO fir IT WHILE YOUR YOUNG, BOOYAH............
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