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Old 07-31-2020, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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You're welcome! I should've also mentioned you can take BART to CSUEB or SFSU from Concord/Brentwood but it's a decent commute- 55 minute train ride, plus a bus or shuttle to the campus for another 15 to 20 minutes. From Morgan Hill you could conceivably take the bus or Caltrain to SJSU which is in Downtown San Jose (the reason I highlight this is parking at SJSU is horrendous, and driving and parking at SFSU is terrible too, CSUEB is the best parking out of the three).
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Old 08-02-2020, 04:36 PM
 
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Good luck. You'll have to figure out where your job is, and how much it pays, before you can hone in on schools and housing. Traffic isn't quite as much of a nightmare in the Bay Area as it is in LA, but that's not saying much. Cost of housing here is obscene compared to the rest of the state, especially the closer to Silicon Valley you are. Honestly, unless you land a job that pays 6 figures, you'll be better off finding something in Sacramento or San Diego. Also consider lower cost areas. Bakersfield and Fresno don't have much to offer, but perhaps you can find something in a slightly less awful Central Valley haunt like Merced or a pleasant, affordable town like Chico (both with universities).
you say Fresno or Bakersfield dont have much to offer yet those cities are way bigger than Merced and all other central valley cities. And Fresno State is a highly regarded school, and UC Bakersfield has been long standing longer than startup UC Merced.

You consider Fresno and BAkersfield more of the awful haunt of the central valley and nothing to offer? You out of your mind boi. Fresno is the ONLY relevant city in central california and represents all of the central valley. It's the 5th biggest city IN THE STATE, and the 34 most populous city in THE UNITED STATES. It boast having fresno state, fresno pacific, several community colleges, and even UCSF Fresno campus. It has a highly regarded k-12 school district in Clovis unified. It's the closet major city to 4 national parks and still only 2 hours from SJ, and 3 from LA or SF. It's a big city that has most amenities and stores you wouold expect from big cities. And you have the audacity to say merced or say other small central valley cities are better? LOL boi get out. Fresno also is safer than a majority of the other big cities in the state.
I always have to point that out because crime is also the go to statistic people seem to think makes Fresno bad:
https://www.gddlaw.com/2016/05/12/ci...nia-dangerous/
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https://abc30.com/homicides-down-by-...ounty/4978297/
For comparison:
Fresno COUNTY (fresno, clovis, etc): 32
City of Oakland alone: 66
Alameda COUNTY (includes oakland): 85
Contra Costa COUNTY: 38
San Francisco: 42
bay area source:
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/...omicides-2018/

Crime should no longer be the reason people hate or talk down on fresno. It has been safer than other desireable cities for several years. Maybe in the early 90s and 00s then sure Fresno could accept that wrap. But not as of late.

You probably know nothing about fresno or only have drove through the unfortunate only way to get there through 99 which is on the edge of town and outskirts that are considered the undersireable parts of town, and tell me a big city that doesnt have parts like that.
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Old 08-02-2020, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Richmond, CA
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Bakersfield has a CSU, not a UC. Fresno State is more highly regarded than CSU Bakersfield, sure, but it isn't in the same league as schools like Cal Poly SLO or any of the UC's. My opinion of both Bakersfield and Fresno is formed by my visits as well as friends I have from both cities. Sure they've improved over the years. So has Richmond, where I now live. California in general has been on an upwards trajectory. I wish Bakersfield and Fresno well, but they're not for me or anyone I know. Maybe in another 20 years they'll be as nice as Sacramento, but they'll likely still be hot as heck with terrible air pollution.
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Old 08-02-2020, 10:41 PM
 
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As others have pointed out this thread is ridiculous without a budget. This is one of the most expensive markets in the country and people are talking about Sacramento,Morgan hill, Bakersfield Fresno etc
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Old 08-02-2020, 10:48 PM
 
Location: California
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If you can swing it I think Livermore meets all your family needs
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Old 08-02-2020, 11:53 PM
 
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they're not for me or anyone I know. Maybe in another 20 years they'll be as nice as Sacramento, but they'll likely still be hot as heck with terrible air pollution.
Could not agree more.
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Old 08-03-2020, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Berkley might be perfect.
Berkeley is very very expensive. OP mentioned some lower cost areas, I assume Berkeley is out of budget.
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Old 08-04-2020, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Richmond, CA
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Berkeley is very very expensive. OP mentioned some lower cost areas, I assume Berkeley is out of budget.
OP would need a salary of $200K/year or more to comfortably afford a 3 bedroom house in Berkeley. They start at $1,000,000 for an okay property in an okay area and go up from there. And don't forget that Berkeley has sky high property taxes.
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Old 08-04-2020, 02:13 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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OP would need a salary of $200K/year or more to comfortably afford a 3 bedroom house in Berkeley. They start at $1,000,000 for an okay property in an okay area and go up from there. And don't forget that Berkeley has sky high property taxes.
OP, could clarify what she's looking for, but I assumed she's looking to rent, and may not need 3 Br's. We don't know. Possibly a townhome or condo would do. She said she expects to come out of the divorce pretty broke, which means she won't be looking to buy.
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Old 08-04-2020, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Richmond, CA
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OP, could clarify what she's looking for, but I assumed she's looking to rent, and may not need 3 Br's. We don't know. Possibly a townhome or condo would do. She said she expects to come out of the divorce pretty broke, which means she won't be looking to buy.
Good point. Renting could be more practical in the Bay Area, especially considering current market conditions. Rents are down in most areas while real estate prices have been static/increasing. The tricky part will be finding a family-oriented rental, as opposed to stack-and-pack apartments targeted to college kids and brogrammers.
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