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Old 03-05-2009, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Layton,
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Thinking of moving to Bay Area and I am not sure which city or area is the best place to raise a family. I have a 2 year old and a baby. We are only planning on living there for 5 years or so. I just want to live in a place that is very family friendly and has good schools. We can afford up to $2000 a month for rent or mortgage payment. We are relocating from a Utah suburb. It is really nice and quiet where we live now, lots of parks, and all the neighbors know each other and kids play in the streets, etc. I would like to find a place like this. My husband will be working in San Francisco so I don't want to live in a place that is too far away, maybe a 30 min. communte. Thanks so much!
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Try Walnut Creek or nearby Pleasant Hill. It's about a 30 min commute by BART into the City and I'm pretty sure you'd find a house to rent with your budget. It's family friendly and has all the parks/good schools etc that you are looking for.
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I would second the Walnut Creek area, but $2000 a month, I am not sure. Others will fill in on this better. My first thought was going to be suggesting Novato, but it would be further than 30 minutes. In the bay area 30 minutes is considered a short commute...

Living in the bay area is going to be very different than living in Utah..that is for sure.
Nita
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Old 03-07-2009, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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Take a look at Alameda.
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Old 03-07-2009, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Layton,
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what about Pacifica or Daly City?
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:55 PM
 
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Take a look at Alameda.
Agreed. Great town, and you can commute to SF via ferry.
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Old 03-08-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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You're in for culture shock. A 30 minute commute means Alameda, Daly City, and Pacifica as mentioned, as well as further south, maybe San Bruno or Millbrae. Or maybe Oakland via BART. Either way, you will be paying more than $2K a month, and the schools will probably be marginal. If you are coming from a conservative area and desire that same lifestyle with good schools, the best choice is probably Danville, but that's an hour commute and not exactly a cheap place to live. You need to really think about this move. It's a common ploy for companies to offer transfers to the Bay Area but not offer the salary increase necessary to live here. I hope that is not the case.
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Old 03-08-2009, 06:52 PM
 
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Or maybe Oakland via BART.
Or via ferry from Jack London Square.
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Layton,
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My husband's job will be different from here. He's a nurse but will be working in a whole different field of nursing. A lot of his friends worked in the bay area, made lots of money (by working a lot of overtime) and then came back to Utah debt free and able to work a normal 36 hour week. That's kind of what we're thinking. I know it's going to be way different. I hope I am prepared enough for the change. It will definately be an adventure.
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:45 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Or via ferry from Jack London Square.
Maybe, but Oakland isn't exactly known for its schools.
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