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Old 10-10-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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a company based in Sunnyvale has offered me a job but I am on the fence about relocating since the offer is a 1,000.00 less than what I earn at my current position in Houston. I have always loved California and the position is very interesting and better than my current role, but I'm not sure if the cost of living will be worth it.

I have researched areas to live and would consider either Mountain View or Santa Clara, but what are some realistic expenses (i.e. groceries, taxes, housing, etc) that I should consider when making this move.

Also, it seems that apartments range from 1500-2000. Is there no way to rent for something in the 1000-1500 range.

Any help would be much appreciated
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Old 10-10-2010, 04:55 PM
 
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Many people in this area have room mates to share expenses. You are moving to The Bay area and landlords are able to get high rents. However, you can find something on Craig's list or in the San Jose Mercury News for less in areas further away from Palo Alto/San Jose area. I heard about a service called Home Minders where you can live in home that is for sale for just the upkeep of the property while the owners move on until the property is sold. I have seen rents as high as $14,000 in the City so the south bay is usually a better deal. Also, contact some local realtors who might know of properties for rent that aren't listed elsewhere. In general, many people in this area have either left or returned to their parents so rents have declined for now. Only you can decide whether the pay and lifestyle here are in your own best interest. Another thing to consider is the stability of the company and the potential for future pay increases. My husband's job probably won't be here in five years and will go where many others have already gone. Your support system is also a big consideration regardless of any job.
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:09 PM
 
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Look on Craigslist. It's not hard to find a studio for $800-$1000 range or 1bd room apartment for $1200 in Mountain View, Sunnyvale area.
I used to live in Houston too. 77072
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:23 PM
 
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Im moving with my Fiancee to the area. She hasn't found a job yet but will be on the search for one. Im not totally sure if my salary would be enough to live out there. Its in the 60s range. Will this be hard to get by with in Bay Area.
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:52 PM
 
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Im moving with my Fiancee to the area. She hasn't found a job yet but will be on the search for one. Im not totally sure if my salary would be enough to live out there. Its in the 60s range. Will this be hard to get by with in Bay Area.
Enough or not, it's really up to you and the way you spend your money.
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Old 10-10-2010, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Look on Craigslist. It's not hard to find a studio for $800-$1000 range or 1bd room apartment for $1200 in Mountain View, Sunnyvale area.
I agree that you absolutely can rent an apartment in Mountain View or Sunnyvale in that price range starting at $800 for a studio. But that is the rock bottom price, and there will be a good reason the price is that low. Think small, old, noisy, paper thin walls, and many other issues that probably will not be resolved. If you are not picky about where you live, and don't mind sharing your apartment with a few roaches, an $800 a month apartment may work for you. Otherwise with sheared housing, the same amount of money will have you living in a much nicer place.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:02 AM
 
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Im moving with my Fiancee to the area. She hasn't found a job yet but will be on the search for one. Im not totally sure if my salary would be enough to live out there. Its in the 60s range. Will this be hard to get by with in Bay Area.
I make only 52K and have money saved in the 401k and in the bank. It really depends on your expectations. If you expect to live in as nice a place (in terms of location, square footage, & amenities) as you do in Houston, then you may not be able to make it. If you're willing to make some tough trade offs, then you'll be fine.

Generally, I find that people who live payday to payday will live payday to payday no matter where they live or how much they make. People who make savings a priority will have savings no matter where they live or how much they make.

That said, it will clearly be easier to be able to both live a nicer material lifestyle and get ahead financially in a place like Houston than it would be in SV. The exception being if there are career opportunities here that wouldn't exist for you in Houston.

2 other things to think about: 1. Do you want to own a house? 2. Do you want kids? If the answer to both of those is "yes" then I would not live in this area unless you've got great income potential. Plain Jane single family tract houses in middling school districts easily cost 500K.

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Old 10-11-2010, 06:05 PM
 
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The first years of marriage can be very stressful so it might be wise to just let the relationship develop and strengthen. What would happen if one of you decided to go home but the other one didn't? If she doesn't have a job, what kind assistance would you give her until she gets back on her feet? I know this a little off base but having made several big moves, I know I can always find the grocery store or bank but one of you can't withstand the transition, it could be very painful for everyone. You should do well on $60,000 here but again, check out the stability of the company as everything is temporary in this area, especially employment. Don't worry so much about the housing as it too is only temporary. You can always move if you don't like where you are. Just enjoy the ride!
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Old 10-12-2010, 04:52 PM
 
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Houston is SO much less expensive than here, I would hesitate to take a job, here, that pays less than in Houston. KWIM?
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:38 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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If you're being paid more in Houston than you would be here, then stay. That's a no-brainer. Houston is so much cheaper it's not even funny.
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