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Old 12-05-2011, 07:59 PM
 
Location: San Leandro
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I hear ya, if I was in the same boat I would do the town house thing too. But the thing is townhouses are not fun. My mom still lives in one and she is lucky, she lives in an end unit. You have to share walls with your neighbors, which means you can hear what they watch on tv, what they argue about, and even when they make love.

And yards are not exactly big, if you have one at all. Not the type of place you can throw a baseball around with your son or have a big dog running around in.

Everyone has to make do and work with what they have got. Some people need space, others don't. You can't always fit a family of 4 or 5 into an 1100 sf town home and for some the 300k + price tag on such a small home is just too much.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:54 AM
 
Location: San Ramon, CA
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I hear ya, if I was in the same boat I would do the town house thing too. But the thing is townhouses are not fun. My mom still lives in one and she is lucky, she lives in an end unit. You have to share walls with your neighbors, which means you can hear what they watch on tv, what they argue about, and even when they make love.

And yards are not exactly big, if you have one at all. Not the type of place you can throw a baseball around with your son or have a big dog running around in.

Everyone has to make do and work with what they have got. Some people need space, others don't. You can't always fit a family of 4 or 5 into an 1100 sf town home and for some the 300k + price tag on such a small home is just too much.
I considered all those factors too. I also live in an end unit (connected to 2 other units) with 2 car garage AND 2 car full driveway, over 1000 sf backyard, and I NEVER hear my neighbors (the walls are actually quite insulated from noise since the home was completed in 2001). We have bbqs in the backyard and even have enough room to play catch as well. In fact it actually feels much like a single family. The shared wall on my side is the bathroom, kitchen and stairway, not the bedrooms and living room.
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:39 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Edit: Wow, this thread got started in 2008. Real estate prices in Antioch are still on the low end.

Soooooooooooooo...I say go for it, but factor in the cost of private school. However, if you can get yourself in a nice area that's close enough to BART, it's not bad.

It's too far out for me, but I'm still single and looking. For friends who are settled or for friends that just prefer the 'burbs, it's definitely affordable. Some areas I've heard can be dodgy (some crime spots), but just check the areas in the daytime and night and check the crime reports. However, there are bargains there, and, honestly? If I had the money, I'd buy now too.
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:25 PM
 
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I bought in Antioch because of having the Bart nearby plus accessible bus line. Definitely great price per sq. Footage. Wonderful to have big bedrooms, large new kitchens and big backyards. I prefer the more ammenities here than in Pittsburg. Plus next to Brentwood shopping is great. I find Antioch to be diverse with a higher Hispanic population. My children went to a charter school then private high school. Some areas have no Mello ross plus low tax. The best advantage is easy access to the Delta waters. It's also socioeconomically diverse.
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:29 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I grew up in Antioch in the 90's and early 2000's, it has not gotten any better since I left. I would never live in Antioch.
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:44 AM
 
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I am wondering this too. It may be a better option than Sacramento.
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:14 PM
 
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i have family in antioch and they think its dangerous. They've been thinking of selling; owned the house for 20+ years when it wasn't bad.
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Old 10-23-2015, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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It's plain as day that this poster is a real estate agent. Pittsburg and Brentwood are both also FAR nicer and less dangerous than Antioch.
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Old 10-23-2015, 05:34 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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So because someone actually likes living in Antioch that makes them a real estate agent?
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Old 10-23-2015, 08:10 PM
 
Location: where the good looking people are
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I am wondering this too. It may be a better option than Sacramento.
I doubt that. Have you been to Antioch in the last 15 years? It's New East Oakland.

I drove down Sycamore recently this month to drop off a friend who needed a ride. Bunch of black dudes between the ages of 16-25 walking the streets/hanging out 11:45 PM....on a TUESDAY. Call it a hunch, but I don't think they are employable. Anyone with a job or going to school doesn't walk around aimlessly at that time, unless there is nightlife near by.

Antioch is a slumburb.
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