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Old 09-12-2017, 12:22 AM
 
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Hello,

I'm thinking of renting a property on Elm Street. Near the intersection with Monte Diablo. Could you tell me if this is a good area please?
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:18 PM
 
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Hello,

I'm thinking of renting a property on Elm Street. Near the intersection with Monte Diablo. Could you tell me if this is a good area please?
It's a fine area. I live a few blocks away, walk down Elm very often (sometimes my wife and I go for walks to downtown Burlingame if we want something different, and we like to walk down Elm (and other side streets) vs. El Camino).

Nice thing about being on/near Monte Diablo is that you have a straight shot to the bay front (walk or easy bike ride).
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:02 PM
 
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I live in San Mateo now. 3500 is not going to be easy to find anything (SFH) West of El Camino. That is OK. San Mateo is nice, it "seems" like a bargain compared to, say, San Carlos, let alone Menlo Park or Palo Alto, but it is actually very expensive. Overall it's a "fair" deal given a need to be in San Mateo or Santa Clara county-adjacent.

When we were looking to rent (early 2017) nothing close to 3500 had 3 real bedrooms or wasn't in a poor location (next to a busy road, near the freeway, ugly, badly dated, bizarre floor plan, etc.)

Sunnybrae is a decent neighborhood also. Hayward Park may be out of reach. Note that San Mateo Park, pretty as it is, feeds into a less-good elementary school.

Some of the earlier posts from very scared people thinking that the Shoreview of the '90s is the same as today are not up to date at all. It's not that bad, but it's a mostly treeless noisy area. But it's near the water, so you get that.
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:34 PM
 
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I live in San Mateo now. 3500 is not going to be easy to find anything (SFH) West of El Camino. That is OK. San Mateo is nice, it "seems" like a bargain compared to, say, San Carlos, let alone Menlo Park or Palo Alto, but it is actually very expensive. Overall it's a "fair" deal given a need to be in San Mateo or Santa Clara county-adjacent.

When we were looking to rent (early 2017) nothing close to 3500 had 3 real bedrooms or wasn't in a poor location (next to a busy road, near the freeway, ugly, badly dated, bizarre floor plan, etc.)

Sunnybrae is a decent neighborhood also. Hayward Park may be out of reach. Note that San Mateo Park, pretty as it is, feeds into a less-good elementary school.

Some of the earlier posts from very scared people thinking that the Shoreview of the '90s is the same as today are not up to date at all. It's not that bad, but it's a mostly treeless noisy area. But it's near the water, so you get that.
Nowhere is really a "good deal" on the peninsula anymore. Even rundown parts of the peninsula are very pricey (think: SSF, San Bruno, northern parts of Milbrae). San Mateo is only relatively "cheap" compared to Palo Alto/Menlo Park, San Carlos/Belmont, or Burlingame. But compared to the East Bay, or the rest of the country (LOL)...yeah, expect to pay a lot more.

For what it is worth, 2BR units in the building I live in go for well below 3k. And they're quite nice (nothing overly-extravagent, but certainly "nice"). And I'm on the west side of El Camino (barely, though ). Shh...don't tell too many people!

Not a SFH, yes...nor a 3BR...but you get a good amount for your money. Compromises, I know...


Keep in mind: OP is from 2009. This was necro-bumped.
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