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Old 04-30-2009, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Flower Mound, Texas
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Hi, I need some help. My husband has a job opportunity in San Pablo and we no nothing about this area. Is it safe for two boys fourteen and ten. Are there good schools and what is the cost of living for a nice three bedroom in a nice neighborhood. I am hearing awful things about this area and I am not too excited about moving there. Any help would be appreciated. He has other job opportunities in other areas besides California.

Thanks,
Raelyn
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:43 AM
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Location: Cardboard Box, CA
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san pablo is a middle/working class city
the costs of living are high, but not as high as most of the rest of the bay area
if your kids are pushovers/unable to stand up for themselves, then high school will suck anywhere
if not, they should do fine anywhere
where did you hear "awful" things about san pablo? its a fine city, with alot of foreclosures on the market at the moment. Im sure you could find a steal.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:51 AM
 
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Check out the rating for the San Pablo Middle school.

Helms Middle in San Pablo , CA - School Ranking, Test Scores

To get decent schools in the area you would have to go to places like Albany,Pleasant Hill or Walnut Creek.

For a nice three bedroom in a nice neighborhood:

Albany Single Family Home (http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1048-Cornell-Ave_Albany_CA_94706_1105163464#Detail - broken link)

Pleasant Hill Single Family Home (http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/760-Duke-Circle_Pleasant-Hill_CA_94523_1108222842#Detail - broken link)

Walnut Creek Single Family Home


The schools in the area are also facing massive budget cuts:

West Contra Costa school district slashes jobs, increases class sizes

State budget would force school budget cuts
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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San Pablo will scare your average city data poster. Get ready for the fear mongers to write off the entire city.
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:45 PM
 
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San Pablo will scare your average city data poster. Get ready for the fear mongers to write off the entire city.
While I am not scared of San Pablo (grew up right next to it) I would not by choice buy a house there. There are definitely nicer places to live within relatively easy commuting distance. With kids I'd say that Albany would be a good choice - nice town, good school system, easy commute to San Pablo.
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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While I am not scared of San Pablo (grew up right next to it) I would not by choice buy a house there. There are definitely nicer places to live within relatively easy commuting distance. With kids I'd say that Albany would be a good choice - nice town, good school system, easy commute to San Pablo.
Yeah true but Albany is more expensive, the only problems I have with San Pablo is the lack of Bart and I don't find any area that appealing.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:35 PM
 
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Yeah true but Albany is more expensive . . .
You get what you pay for . . .
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:53 AM
 
Location: San Diego,CA
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There really nothing to do in San Pablo. No coffe shops, no nice shopping plazas, or anything really going on. They got a mall, Hilltop, that is pretty crappy. I have to live here in San Pablo until my lease is up in July. There's closer places to live that offer more to live like Albany, Hecules, Berkeley, Concord, Walnut Creek. I just got back from San Diego, and I cant believe how much better it was out there. Way more things to do, and alot nicer. Hey, but to each his own. You can send me a message if you have any other questions.
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Hi, I need some help. My husband has a job opportunity in San Pablo and we no nothing about this area. Is it safe for two boys fourteen and ten. Are there good schools and what is the cost of living for a nice three bedroom in a nice neighborhood. I am hearing awful things about this area and I am not too excited about moving there. Any help would be appreciated. He has other job opportunities in other areas besides California.

Thanks,
Raelyn
cost of living and cost of property depends on what you are accustom to..You may find it acceptable or out of reach. You will not want to live in San Pedro, but there are many wonderful families towns with in a 30 minute commute.

Nita
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