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Old 01-22-2014, 06:08 PM   #1
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Where to live in SF Area?

Next week I'm flying to SF to do an Area Tour. I should be getting an offer from one of the big companies in south of SF and they want me to start looking at places to live. The company has a shuttle bus service to take people to the office.

Where do you recommend living and why?

We prefer hotter weather and have stuff to do walking distance e.g. restaurants, groceries etc

I'm 33 y/o and moving with my fiance.
We are looking either to rent or maybe buy a small place.


Thank you for your help!
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:31 PM   #2
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Where's your office/work space? SF city limits is one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S. $3K a month get's you a mediocre sub 1,000 sq. ft. apt. in a mediocre area of town. Rough areas can be had in the low to mid 2K range. Weather in SF - a warm day hits 70 degrees, you can count the number of days it hits 80 degrees. Fog is common. The Peninsula, the 30-mile stretch from SF to San Jose, is also quite pricey, though has much better weather overall. 80 degrees is typical high temps, 55-60 degrees is common low temps. You can't really go wrong any where on the Peninsula, except avoid East Palo Alto. Palo Alto proper is very upscale, upper class - Stanford is in Palo Alto. If your office is in SF, my two cents - live north of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Rafael, and bus to work. Marin county is also pricey, has same weather as Peninsula, and is an incredible place to live/ride.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:36 PM   #3
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Check out the Bay Area Craigslist for an idea on prices. Only place more expensive to live in the US is Manhattan. Where is the job actually located?
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:41 PM   #4
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Check out the Bay Area Craigslist for an idea on prices.
Thank you! will check there!
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:47 PM   #5
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I live in Sunnyvale and work in Mountain View (right next to each other) it's expensive out here but with temps in the seventies all month who's gonna bitch!
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:51 AM   #6
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Just FYI but my son just moved there. He lives in the Marina district (east of the Presidio) and splits a nice 2 bedroom apartment with a friend for $3200 per month (includes 1 parking spot). It's a nice area. for a city

If you're coming from Nicaragua, I don't think anything there would be considered warm.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:39 PM   #7
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Where's your office/work space?
Thank you for the overview!

The offices are in South San Francisco, a few miles south of Brisbane in the peninsula.

One of the relocation ladies mentioned the tri-valley? they have a company bus from there... but 1 hour commute seems a bit to much...
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:16 AM   #8
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The further south or east from SF you get, the warmer it will be (longer commute too).

Danville and Pleasanton are nice. Cupertino is a huge bedroom community with lots of stores, but I don't know about night life. Most of the smaller cities like San Mateo, Palo Alto, and San Ramon probably little revitalized down town areas if you can find a place close to them. Anywhere in the city of San Francisco is going to be cold and windy.

Danville: upscale stores like the Blackhawk shopping center (and the vinatage auto museum there)
Pleasanton: IMAX movie theater, hot rod shows a few times per year
Cupertino: excellent proximity to good riding in the Santa Cruz mountains, such as Highway 9

All the others: close proximity to public transportation
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:28 AM   #9
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A commuter bus is nice, but being in CA, you'll be in not only prime motorcycling weather, but also in the only place where you can split lanes legally. I would definitely be looking to take advantage of that if I were moving to the area. If you do plan on commuting on your own at all, 280 is a much better experience than 101.

I lived there years ago, in Palo Alto and Mountain View. Spent a good amount of time in the neighboring towns as well (Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, etc.). They're all good areas, though I recall Mountain View and Sunnyvale to be kind of a symptom of the dot com boom--lots of apartment buildings and convenient shopping and such, but not necessarily a whole lot of personality. Granted, this was 10+ years ago, so some things may have changed.

I hadn't heard of the term "tri-valley" before, but my impression of most of the east bay was that it was more affordable, for a reason.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:41 AM   #10
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Next week I'm flying to SF to do an Area Tour. I should be getting an offer from one of the big companies in south of SF and they want me to start looking at places to live. The company has a shuttle bus service to take people to the office.

Where do you recommend living and why?

We prefer hotter weather and have stuff to do walking distance e.g. restaurants, groceries etc

I'm 33 y/o and moving with my fiance.
We are looking either to rent or maybe buy a small place.


Thank you for your help!
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:11 PM   #11
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Hi All,

Just to give you a quick update. I got an offer and passed the background check!

Now just waiting for the lawyers to get me the paper work to process the visa.

It looks like I'm going back to California after almost 7 years

I miss the ADV community in Cali and all the amazing off-road riding in the region
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:05 PM   #12
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Congratulations and welcome back! Where'd you decide to call home?
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:52 PM   #13
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Let's just hope he's not moving to Sonoma County
It's just too close to real trails, the beach, under a hour to City, but I guess it could be worse
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:34 AM   #14
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I will probably move to SF at the end of March or beginning of April.

The company will provide at least 2 months of free corporate housing "in the city" and I might be able to extend that by another month.

These 2-3 months will give me an opportunity to get a better feel of the area. I'm looking at buying a used KTM to explore around. I already have BMWs, Suzukis and Yamaha bikes (bc of moto rental business) so it is time to see what the KTM is all about!

Just FYI I crossed Africa last year on a F800GS two-up with my girlfriend and did all of Latin America solo in 2006 with a F650GS Dakar.

In the area tour we visited a few neighborhoods in the city and a few towns/cities in the peninsula all the way south to Mountain View. We did not visit any area outside the peninsula.

So far we (my gf) liked a couple places around mission/dolers st. We also liked San Mateo.

The company is located in South San Francisco so the commute from the "city" is not that bad and pretty closed to San Mateo. I have start working at 7am because working closely with Europe so I will miss most of the rush hour traffic.

Let's see how many of you FFs I get to meet once I move out there!
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