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Old 01-15-2008, 07:50 PM
 
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I am moving to the Bay area to work in Novato, CA. My folks are also moving with me---they are elderly and I need a pedestrian friendly city therefore I decided on Oakland.
Today, I am a bit nervous as someone said that I would have a 3 hour commute from Oakland to Novato---Please confrim or disagree.
Thank you
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Old 01-15-2008, 07:58 PM
 
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I am moving to the Bay area to work in Novato, CA. My folks are also moving with me---they are elderly and I need a pedestrian friendly city therefore I decided on Oakland.
Today, I am a bit nervous as someone said that I would have a 3 hour commute from Oakland to Novato---Please confrim or disagree.
Thank you
According to Google maps from the furthest edge of Oakland bordering San Leandro to Novato it's 1 hour 10 minutes in traffic. Add that again and you're
nearing a total commute of 2 hours 20 minutes.

So it's not a commute I would want -- why not move to Novato?
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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plus the 101 up by novato might be pretty slow as will the interchange by the bridge in emeryville. I would definitely live in Marin county. If you are commuting all the time, when will you see your parents?
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:12 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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You can use this tool to pick out a walkable area in the North Bay: Walk Score - Helping homebuyers, renters, and real estate agents find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:59 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Why Oakland? Not a town I'd move an elderly couple who have never lived there. Oakland has a lot to offer and it's a great place in so many ways but have you looked at the crime rate? Have they ever been there?

I'd check out some senior homes or small neighborhoods near Novato.
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:19 PM
 
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I am moving to the Bay area to work in Novato, CA. My folks are also moving with me---they are elderly and I need a pedestrian friendly city therefore I decided on Oakland.
Today, I am a bit nervous as someone said that I would have a 3 hour commute from Oakland to Novato---Please confrim or disagree.
Thank you
I wish I could work and live in Novato! It simply can't get better than that! But everyone has their reasons, I guess...

Drive from Oakland to Novato takes me about an hour when I do it around 6:30PM-7PM. I'd think 1.5 hours at 5-5:30PM. Never tried the other direction during the rush hour.

I wouldn't call Oakland "pedestrian-friendly". Sure it has sidewalks but the crime problem is big and spills over to the "nice" areas as well. I wouldn't feel comfortable if my elderly parents walked on any streets in Oakland.

If you really want a city, I think Berkeley or SF would be a better option.
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Old 01-18-2008, 01:47 AM
 
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I wouldn't call Oakland "pedestrian-friendly". Sure it has sidewalks but the crime problem is big and spills over to the "nice" areas as well. I wouldn't feel comfortable if my elderly parents walked on any streets in Oakland.

If you really want a city, I think Berkeley or SF would be a better option.
Good Advice! If you want a really pedestrian friendly area SF is the way to go! Check out Clement St. in SF. Tons of shops and restaurants and very close to the Golden Gate Bridge for the reverse commute.
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:15 PM
 
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San Rafael is very pedestrian friendly and adjacent to Novato- The morning commute goes against traffic so it would likely take 15 minutes- The only caveat is with the exception of safeway and walgreens the shops and restaurants close earlier around 8pm-10pm there, unlike SF, but i don't see that presenting a huge problem for the elderly-
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Old 05-02-2010, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, CA
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If you live in North Oakland or near Downtown Oakland, that will save you a lot of commuting time as traffic from East Oakland is heavy and once you pass the Macarthur Maze, the remainder of the drive is in the opposite commute direction and should be a relative breeze.

Evenings coming back from Marin might be bad sometimes tho cause 80 stacks up at Golden Gate Fields pretty much through the Maze in the evenings.

Another suggestion, as mentioned by others, would be to live closer to your job.

I don't know how 'pedestrian-friendly' you want to be, but Albany has a very pedestrian friendly downtown area that is very pleasant and might be a nice place for elderly parents to enjoy. Being in Albany would actually save you most of the headache of your commute.

At the same time, my elderly parents couldnt be torn away from Oakland even if I tried to bribe them. They absolutely love it there.

So basically you should weigh your options-get your parents feedback too.
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Old 05-02-2010, 01:44 PM
 
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Or consider that the OP is from 2008....decisions have most likely been made already.
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