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Old 10-01-2007, 10:16 PM
 
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Ok, so I'm considering a move across the country to take a job in San Jose. I'd never been in the area before, and didn't have a chance to spend much time there during my interview. But, from what I could gather, it was a beautiful area, but it seemed overdeveloped (lots of office parks, cookie cutter shopping centers, etc).

I'm young and single and want to live somewhere engaging and fun. Naturally, I ruled out SF because of the distance, but it turns out my workplace would be right in front of a Lightrail stop (work would be right by the airport). How doable would taking Caltrain from San Francisco, then hopping on the Lightrail to get to work be?

Then again, maybe I'm going about this the wrong way - maybe someone can talk me into SJ or a local area? Did I just not get to see enough of the area to form a decent opinion?

Thoughts are appreciated!
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:11 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I think it would be very time-consuming for you to commute from SF. The majority of your time would be spent commuting and working. If you're single and planning on enjoying the area, I would think you'd rather minimize the commute part. This is why I vote living near your job in SJ. There is plenty to do here and the entire bay area is your playground. Nothing wrong with having SJ as your base. Instead of living where the office park is (which I'm assuming is what the area around your job looks like), consider SJ downtown area or Mountain View. If you want to take the rail, you don't have to live all the way up in SF. How about cities in between? Palo Alto (pricey) for instance.
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:28 AM
 
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Live nearer to the older core of San Jose (downtown and surrounding neighborhoods). It's neither spread out with office parks nor polluted with cookie cutter homes.
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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It's possible to commute between SF and San Jose but it's very time consuming and a monthly Caltrain pass would be about $100. caltrain.com - home It's about 50 miles between the two cities. For all the hassle, it might be worth living with cookie cutter tract homes. But check out downtown San Jose and or around Santana Row Santana Row
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Old 10-03-2007, 10:16 PM
 
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I have a friend that drives from San Jose to SF for work. He commutes 1.5 hours each way. I would imagine it would take longer by train.

I would recommend Mountain View. Near the downtown (Castro Street) area. Young, hip, vibrant area.
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:41 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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I have a friend that drives from San Jose to SF for work. He commutes 1.5 hours each way. I would imagine it would take longer by train.

I would recommend Mountain View. Near the downtown (Castro Street) area. Young, hip, vibrant area.
Mountain View....You guys in the Bay Area really don't know what a hip place should be like.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Monterey Bay, California -- watching the sea lions, whales and otters! :D
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If you stay in San Jose, what about around San Jose State University? You'd be downtown, nearer to night life and have the activities of the university there.

I live in Santa Cruz and lots of people here work in San Jose. The cost of living is about the same, but Santa Cruz is a university town on the beach, with tons of things to do. I'd highly advise looking at Santa Cruz because it IS a young, hip, happening town!!

Otherwise, maybe Los Gatos.....

I live in the Lompico area of Felton (a small town above Santa Cruz), and there is another town nearby, Scotts Valley, that is right on Hwy. 17 (the route to San Jose), so many commuters live there -- it's only a few minutes to Santa Cruz from Scotts Valley. Our neighborhood link will give you an idea of what is around here -- it's an ideal area to live, enjoy Santa Cruz, the mountains, and still work in San Jose. Lompico, California - Santa Cruz & Silicon Valley Rural Living - Live Among the Coastal Redwoods, Loch Lomond Lake and Lompico Creek

I certainly wouldn't do San Francisco, though. Good luck.
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Old 10-04-2007, 05:40 PM
 
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Unfortunately, this is the one of the hippest area's in San Jose. SJ isn't known for it's "hip" neighborhoods.

I consider hip to be Boston's Back Bay. Denver's Highlands/Berkeley areas.

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I have a friend that drives from San Jose to SF for work. He commutes 1.5 hours each way. I would imagine it would take longer by train.

I would recommend Mountain View. Near the downtown (Castro Street) area. Young, hip, vibrant area.
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:40 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Mountain View....You guys in the Bay Area really don't know what a hip place should be like.
Yes we do... unfortunately, as Luke said, that's as hip as Silicon Valley gets. They weren't asking about the "hippest" place in the world, the OP was wondering about this area specifically - and Mountain View does happen to be a fairly cool town.
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Old 10-08-2007, 03:28 AM
 
Location: yeah
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Mountain View is far inferior to DTSJ in terms of "hipness." It has things happening, but the scene is basically Los Gatos Lite.
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