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Old 08-09-2007, 11:55 AM
 
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I'm a single professional in my mid-20s, and I'm going to start work next month in downtown San Jose. I want the most dynamic, interesting place to live I can find, preferable in a downtown. And yes, SJ will seem like a city to me, as I'm moving from a suburban South Carolina town.
I have a small dog, so nearby dogparks are a plus. I like going out, so nearby restaurants and bars are good, as is young people nearby. My brother lives in San Fran, so I plan to drive there a lot, so between SJ and SF is OK. Otherwise, I don't want a long commute to work (preferable 10 minutes or less). I live by the beach now, so nearby water is a huge huge plus.
I'm looking to spend around $1200, and I don't really care about the size of the place, just the location's safety and potential nightlife. I also don't care about family-friendly or school districts because I don't have kids.
I looked at Santana Row, Mountain View, downtown SJ and Japantown briefly, and they all seem to meet my criteria. But I've been told I should instead look at Palo Alto or Santa Clara.
Any thoughts?
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Old 08-09-2007, 09:21 PM
 
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Ten minutes? Near San Francisco is not near San Jose. Near the beach is not near San Jose. Near San Francisco is not a beach worth going to. It's all mutually exclusive here, but no drive is too bad. You could live near CalTrain in either SF or SJ and commute to work/brother without having to drive, too.
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Old 08-10-2007, 04:06 PM
 
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Thanks, krudmonk. I guess I can't have it all. Any thoughts on where young professionals live (with the shortest possible commute time to SJ)?
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