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Old 08-18-2014, 06:33 AM
 
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Hi

I plan to move to Bayarea this September.
I have a family with 2 kids, one will turn 5 in middle of September.

My work place is in Market street, SFO.
I would like to have a balance in terms of commute time (less than 30 minutes - door to desk), less expensive rent for apartment, good school for my son turning 5 in middle of September.

So far my options are:

Inside City, like in Mission street, 15 mins walk to work - but rent is expensive, not sure about schools.
Daly City - BART ?
San Bruno - Take Caltrain
Burlingame - Take Caltrain
Union City - BART
Fremont - BART

Can you please give some suggestions.
My son turns 5 only in middle of September. I believe school cut off date is Sep 1.
Will that be an issue?


Thanks
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Old 08-18-2014, 08:59 AM
 
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Your son will qualify to attend Transitional Kindergarten (not regular kindergarten) due to his birthday falling right after the cut-off. All school districts offer the program.

You can take BART from San Bruno to Market Street, SF. (or Caltrain if you prefer).
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:44 AM
 
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There is no such thing as a school district in the city of San Francisco, it uses a dumb and complicated lottery system to assign kids to schools. In short, there is no guarantee which school your kid will get into. Many families in SF send their kids to private schools.

You can find more information here:

Confused by San Francisco’s Public School Lottery? Here’s Our Explainer. | Bay Area Real Estate Market Blog | Pacific Union

I'd suggest you use padmapper.com to see the rental options plotted on a map. But in general, "less expensive rent" and "good school" don't usually go together.

If you're looking for good public schools, you'll probably have to live outside of SF. A few towns I'd suggest: Berkeley, Albany, Alameda, Moraga, Castro Valley, and I'm sure there are more. Yes, they are mostly in the East Bay because the Peninsula is even more expensive.

From within SF, I think Richmond and Sunset Districts still have a few good elementary schools (but they get progressively worse starting with middle schools), but again, no guarantee your kid will get into those schools.
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:21 AM
 
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Thanks to both of you for your reply. It was quite useful. I will check out padmapper.com.

I too preferred San Bruno.

Meanwhile, I was checking in rent.com and found 3 interesting apartments which were not very expensive.
Lakewood Apartments, Parkmerced and Kirkham.
Do you have idea/feedback on those?
Is that a good neighborhood?

Once my son turns 5 in September, will he be moved to regular kindergarten automatically or does he have to wait till next year?
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:09 PM
 
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A recent article about the San Francisco school system:

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancis...nt?oid=2875677

There's a Lakewood Apartments on John Muir Drive just south of Lake Merced. I haven't rented there, but can offer a con and a pro about the neighborhood:

con: Your only transit option is the 18 bus, which runs only every twenty or thirty minutes. You'll probably want a car here.

pro: You'll be right next to beautiful Fort Funston, San Francisco's leading dog park and mecca for hang gliders. Fellow Feathers Fort Funston I think most would feel quite fortunate to look back on a childhood in the backyard of such a magnificent natural setting. Your kids might thank you when they're older, at least if they're not adverse to dogs.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:52 PM
 
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Once my son turns 5 in September, will he be moved to regular kindergarten automatically or does he have to wait till next year?
He missed the cut off for regular kindergarten but will qualify for transitional kindergarten. He will have to wait a year to attend regular kindergarten. They generally don't offer transitional kindergarten at all elementary schools (yet), but you can get further information here on SF's program -

http://www.sfusd.edu/en/enroll-in-sf...dergarten.html
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Old 08-20-2014, 02:54 PM
 
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Meanwhile, I was checking in rent.com and found 3 interesting apartments which were not very expensive.
Lakewood Apartments, Parkmerced and Kirkham.
Do you have idea/feedback on those?
Is that a good neighborhood?

They are in the western part of SF, which is fine. The area is slow, quiet, very residential, and family-oriented. It's not convenient and the weather is foggy most of the year.

Parkmerced is slated to be torn down rebuilt sometime in the near future, just fyi.

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Old 08-21-2014, 11:13 PM
 
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I'd recommend Daly City or Burlingame, they are nice and have friendly neighborhoods. I don't like Fremont though, it's just dry and bland.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:47 PM
 
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Meanwhile, I was checking in rent.com and found 3 interesting apartments which were not very expensive.
Lakewood Apartments, Parkmerced and Kirkham.
Do you have idea/feedback on those?
Is that a good neighborhood?
Parkmerced -I would avoid this location

Lakewood - Inconvenient for public transit but ok if you have two cars

Kirkham - If these are the apartments on 5th & Kirkham it is the very convenient & walkable Inner Sunset location. One could take the N train downtown easily.

Watch out for airplane noise if you rent in San Bruno, especially near the mall.
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:23 PM
 
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Extend your commute to 40 minutes and get a place along the Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda corridor. Or extend it to 45 minutes and rent in Walnut Creek. You get a much better place to raise a family along with excellent schools.

Don't rely on Caltrain. My friend takes it to get to Mountain View and he gets into work late at least once a week. BART is a much better option.
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