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Old 08-11-2021, 02:27 PM
 
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Well I guess I will counter other options to go all the way to Fremont. If you don't mind a condo, this is a very nice condo community that I used to live in in Redwood City. Centered around a pond, it's a really nice and quiet ambiance.

Could buy a 2 bd, 2 bath unit for ~ 1.1 million. And HOA, so yes it's a bit above your budget, but only 10 minutes to Menlo Park.

https://www.redfin.com/CA/Redwood-Ci...1/home/1374646
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Old 08-11-2021, 04:46 PM
 
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Here is one I found right off the bat


https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4...15578980_zpid/
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Old 08-11-2021, 07:47 PM
 
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Be prepared to go a couple hundred over asking price.
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Old 08-12-2021, 08:56 AM
 
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Be prepared to go a couple hundred over asking price.
This is an important thing to keep in mind, though IDK how much it applies to townhomes vs. SFH's. RE all over the BA gets bid upwards like crazy, OP. I'd recommend looking for a townhome in or near Menlo Park, which is beautiful, and has a charming downtown. Compared to Fremont, which doesn't really have a downtown, and while definitely cheaper, would involve that bridge commute, and lacks charm. Someone said F'mont has more going on than MP & environs; I'd like to know what that "more going on" entails, as I hadn't noticed it's a particularly happening place. In any case, it depends on what your priorities are.

IMO paying more to live where you work, or nearby, would pay off in improved QOL due to eliminating a difficult commute, but only you and your wife can decide that. In the meantime, tour Fremont and other options, and see what your impressions are.
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Old 08-12-2021, 09:54 AM
 
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This is an important thing to keep in mind, though IDK how much it applies to townhomes vs. SFH's. RE all over the BA gets bid upwards like crazy, OP. I'd recommend looking for a townhome in or near Menlo Park, which is beautiful, and has a charming downtown. Compared to Fremont, which doesn't really have a downtown, and while definitely cheaper, would involve that bridge commute, and lacks charm. Someone said F'mont has more going on than MP & environs; I'd like to know what that "more going on" entails, as I hadn't noticed it's a particularly happening place. In any case, it depends on what your priorities are.

IMO paying more to live where you work, or nearby, would pay off in improved QOL due to eliminating a difficult commute, but only you and your wife can decide that. In the meantime, tour Fremont and other options, and see what your impressions are.
It does apply to townhomes. I am speaking from experience as a former townhome owner. Townhomes typically have a lower price point per square foot, but are not any less susceptible to overbidding. Of course, this also depends upon location.

If you don't want to get into a bidding war, look into buying a new home directly from the builder. You'll probably have to pay a premium for this, but at least you have the certainty that you know what you'll be paying and you have lower risk of repairs needed in your first few years there.
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Old 08-12-2021, 11:22 PM
 
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I would recommend Fremont. I would not recommend Union City, I feel that Union City is overpriced for the city that it is.

Fremont is a lot nicer , with more to do.

Here is an townhome in Fremont.

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3...25011761_zpid/

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4...25030207_zpid/
More to do

Fremont

Pick one
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