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Old 06-08-2007, 09:31 PM
 
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Hello all,
First time poster,but has been lurking in this forum for a while. Me and my wife and 2 kids ( 1 & 4 ) definitely moving from NC to San Francisco maybe this fall. My main concern was my kids ( of course housing will be the second ). Need advice on where to settle, im thinkin' american canyon right now. We 're both on healthcare area ( PT & RN )Benicia could be good according to City Forum stat but housing was way out of my budget ( combine income probably $ 200K ). Its a shame i'd never been to California but heard a lot of good things like weather, diversity, and talented people. Thanks.
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Old 06-08-2007, 09:50 PM
 
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We live in Benicia and love it. Prices are starting to come down here too.
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Old 06-10-2007, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
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I would say check somewhere out like Fremont, Redwood City those are very family friendly areas I personally like although they are a little more south than benicia(about an hour) but Fremont is a great city and Redwood City area is pretty good too.
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Old 06-10-2007, 06:25 PM
 
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Your housing dollar will go relatively farther in American Canyon than Benicia.

I have friends in both cities... the ones in Benicia truly enjoy living there and they are very pleased with the school system.

The ones that live in American Canyon, love their house, but really nothing else. It also gets quite windy in American Canyon... so I've been told.

Any idea where you will be working? Both cities you mentioned require commuting over a bridge if you plan to work in the East Bay. You will have NO trouble getting a job in the Nursing Field... some hospitals still pay sign-on bonuses or help with a moving allowance. It is common for Bay Area RN's to make 100k per year. Some make much more and the job schedule can be very flexible...

I haven't checked prices in a while, but what about Pleasant Hill or Martinez?

Pleasant Hill has the kind of neighborhoods where a lot of people stay and add on, enlarge or remodel vs moving and as such the 1950's ranchers have performed well value wise.

I would try to spend some time, maybe renting for 6 months to a year before making the long term house commitment...

You should have no trouble getting a job lined-up before you move. We always have several traveling nurses in my facility... it is a great way to experience the country 6 months at a time.
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Old 06-11-2007, 11:56 AM
 
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As someone who currently lives in American Canyon I thought I'd respond. I agree that you can definitely get a little more for your money here than Benicia. You also could buy something much "newer" since a lot of the homes here have been built within the last 10 years. But to be honest, if I had it all to do over again, I'd probably buy in Benicia. Why? Because Benicia has much more of an established community feel to it, and because the schools seem to be quite a bit better than Am Can.

At the time we bought (2002), it was all about getting the most house for our dollar, and we definitely go that in American Canyon. But what we also got was a town still searching for an identity. The town itself is relatively new (incorporated in 1992), and it seems to be struggling with its fair share of growing pains (and how best to manage it). They've built all of these HUGE houses (many are over 3,000 sq. ft) without the infrastructure to support it. Attempts have been made recently to improve that by widening roads, opening new schools (which, by the way, are ALREADY full, with even more houses yet to be built!), and building more shopping centers. Yet I feel like the town is always struggling to keep up. You would think there would have been better plan in place.

As mentioned earlier, house prices in the general area (American Canyon, Vallejo & Benicia) have dropped quite a bit in the last year, so it's definitely more of a buyer's market than it's been in quite some time. That said, this isn't North Carolina either! I think the previous poster makes a good point about renting for 6 months or more before buying. The market doesn't show any signs of going back up any time soon (at least not in this immediate area) and it'll give you some to look around to see what areas you like.
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Old 06-17-2007, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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We will also be moving to the area soon, you should check out the San Ramon/Dublin/Pleasanton (Tri-valley) area. It seems to be very family-friendly with good schools. Not sure what your price range would be, but prices are coming down a little bit.
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Old 06-22-2007, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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I grew up in Dublin, and dispite it's growth and higher housing it is still a great place to live. You are right by the freeway too so no matter what direction you are going it's easy to get to...although the traffic is getting really bad! Sigh...wasn't that way 30 years ago! I digress though.
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Old 07-11-2007, 01:02 AM
 
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If you are still looking, we have a great home for sale. We are relocating from Novato (Marin county) to Atlanta. Not sure of the commute from Novato to
Benicia but really love our neighborhood. Very child friendly with a good public school system. check out 55 Alconbury Way Novato CA 94949 - Gina Drohan (broken link) if you are interested.
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Old 10-21-2008, 05:55 PM
 
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American Canyon has a lot of foreclosed houses for sale right now. It is a good place to look. Not sure what school system that falls into out there. Benica schools are very good.
What part of NC are you moving from? Price wise you will be in for a shock. But I do love living in this area.
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