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Old 01-28-2014, 09:49 PM   #31
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Pass on anything in the N.Bay. Crossing the Golden Gate on a daily basis would be a PITA.
If you ride a moto most of the time it's no more PITA than crossing any of the other bridges but with a better view and a nice color to boot!

$3 on a motorcycle in carpool hours makes it only 50 cents more expensive. Closer to the awesome coastal roads.

The problem is that there's no easy or timely way across the city to South City or south of the City. It all sucks unless you come around through Berkeley and ride the Bay Bridge but then, well, you might as well live over there.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:32 PM   #32
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:57 AM   #33
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If you will be working south of SF you'll hate the commute from Novato, it will kill you.
Novato is out then!
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:02 AM   #34
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It really depends on what you do. I spent the last 10 yrs as a VP Eng at Oracle and I don't own a tie. Until recently we lived 1/2 time near Half Moon Bay and it was great. Not hot in the summer, but great in the fall/winter. If no one screws up on 92 the commute was better than coming from the SouthBay.
I spent the last 4 dressed up as penguin in Switzerland. i wore jeans, tie and jacket on Fridays until they called my attention that I was being unprofessional! So suite and tie everyday. If I get the job it would be the same as before just for a different company and in SF.

It sounds you have a pretty cool gig!
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:04 AM   #35
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Fremont is hot in summer and nice enough if you like Indian food.

I would frankly look at renting a townhouse or apartment with a one car garage adjacent to the Colma BART station.

Colma ain't exactly hopping but you can still catch a train from downtown at about 1am and get there (but not going the other way).

Yes its foggy. But all the same you are minutes to the airport and downtown on the BART train. Everything you need is within minutes.

Time is a precious commodity. Don't spend yours commuting.
I'll check if they can show us that area! thank for the info!
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:10 AM   #36
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I am not from the area, but I visited one my friends who relocated out west a few times over the last couple of years. Los Gatos was great! He lived off of Summit Road. Great riding and great location. YMMV
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:06 AM   #37
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Los Gatos = $$$$$$$$ ...but nice, yes.

If you would be working in south SF, you might even consider a place over in Half Moon Bay. That would totally separate you from public transportation, though, but the ride would be nice (assuming you could avoid rush hour).


Most companies in SF are fairly casual, from what I hear. Jeans and sportcoat is pretty good for everything but client meetings.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:15 AM   #38
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I think you made my point.

Yeah, I suppose I did.


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Old 01-29-2014, 01:29 PM   #39
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I'll check if they can show us that area! thank for the info!
Cheers, Colma is worth a look. If I was single that's what I would do. I'd dump my cars keep the bike and maybe buy a vespa too.

I figure between registration, fuel, maintenance and insurance that would offset a budget about 500/month (plus any car payment, parking, tolls, etc.) by not having one car. Dumping two would be more better.

That makes the rental rates real competitive for the location and transit is at your door. Especially if you have GF that works to share rent. You can always rent a car for a day here and there for the COSTCO (So. City) run.

I'm not opposed to having a car (heck I have three) however to be sensible if you don't need one why pay all the coin. Quality of life is important.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:29 PM   #40
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Warmer weather + close to work + affordable. In the Bay Area, you can only pick two. My picks:

Warmer weather + close to work = Hillsborough or Burlingame
Warmer weather + affordable = Dublin or Pleasanton
Affordable + close to work = South San Francisco or Pacifica

Keep in mind that "affordable" is relative and that you can go very cheap if you want to in parts of Oakland or even SF.

Personally, of those choices, I'd live in Hillsborough or Pleasanton. If I wanted to surf in the mornings, then Pacifica. If I was hell bent on living in the city, then Glen Park (BART is just a few stops from work).

As for riding a motorcycle to work, it can be dicey from a safety standpoint, depending on which roads you take. I do it from time to time but personally feel like I'd be tempting fate if I did it every day. YMMV.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:08 PM   #41
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East bay!.....
Oakland is jumping!
Oakland hills montclair.....close to mountain bike trails.
Berkeley
Emeryville
Alameda
all mild tempertures but you will have have to drive over bridge.

If you want warm head out to the 925 area code !
Orinda .walnut creek. Danville. All posh.

You can truly pick your weather depending how close or far you get away from the golden gate.....

money and time no object....... marin
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:55 PM   #42
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IMO
Pass on anything in the N.Bay. Crossing the Golden Gate on a daily basis would be a PITA.
Not so. It's probably the least conjested of all the Bay Bridges. Plus, if you're on a bike (as I am every day) it's a a doddle. Car pool lane from Novato to Sausalito (and on 101 it only requires two people per vehicle to qualify - or a motorcycle).

I live in Central Marin and work South of Market. Free motorcycle parking. Door-to-door, on average is 30 mins. On a *bad* day (accident or bad weather) add 10 mins.
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:16 AM   #43
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east bay!.....
Oakland is jumping! (over your fence and through your window - no police reports, just call your insurance company).
oakland hills montclair.....close to mountain bike trails. (monaghans has 2 buck 24 oz pbr at happy hour, plus 50 cent wings on wed. No complaint)
berkeley (fuck you hippy)
emeryville (you've been on sf redbook too much)
alameda (mcgees is ok, think the dugout is long gone)
all mild tempertures but you will have have to drive over bridge.

If you want warm head out to the 925 area code !
Orinda .walnut creek. Danville. All posh. (and drunk and kids driving to oakland to buy crack in mama's volvo).

you can truly pick your weather depending how close or far you get away from the golden gate.....

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Old 01-30-2014, 06:45 AM   #44
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THere are some nice communities up in the coastal/Santa Cruz mountains that are quiet and much cheaper than in the valley. Rustic, yes, but rustic is good. If you are commuting mostly on a moto, the traffic is really not an issue. I commute 50 miles each way, each day from the south, my commute is about 45 minutes each way, do the math. In my car, by myself, about 1 hour. You have to choose your commute times right if you are caging it. On the road by 5 am to work and leave work by 3, traffics not a problem usually, even in a cage. Redwood City has about the best climate on the Penninsula, and the cheapest rent.
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:18 PM   #45
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No matter how nice an area might be the distance to get there counts.
50 miles = 1 hour avg = 2hours extra per day avg, it does not matter
who is driving.
I disagree, traffic congestion does matter.
In the bay area to many people for various reasons just do not see a M/C,
the long odds are stacked against you.
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