Suggest some Bay Area (peninsula) neighborhoods that will meet our needs
March 16, 2012 4:18 PM Subscribe
Bay Area Housing Filter: Partner has been offered a great job in Santa Clara (Hooray!) Where might we live that would not reduce our quality of life and/or suck up all the extra income?
posted by paddingtonb to travel & transportation (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We live in Oakland (Temescal) right now, and we love it. He loves the short bike ride to UC Berkeley, I love my short walk to BART, the neighborhood vibe with cool old houses, being able to walk everywhere, compost, go to the farmers market, ride bikes and have easy access to work and friends in SF. I own an internet company and work from home a lot, but my business partners live in the city and I meet with them a few times a week.
But we can't really stay here. The commute would be 2 hours in traffic and that loss of quality of life just isn't worth it.
However, I'm nervous about moving to the peninsula. All of my friends live in SF or the East Bay and I'm worried I'll be lonely and/or that I'll feel like I've settled into suburbia.
Kids are on the horizon, but not for 3-4 years, and I'm inclined to want a walkable neighborhood when we have them anyway. If you think that's a factor, feel free to weigh in.
Are their cities or neighborhoods we should be looking at that are:
-walkable (decent restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance)
-have some history to them
-that give me a 45 minute door-to-door commute to SOMA on Caltrain (close enough that I can go every day if I want?)
-rent wise, we're paying about $1900 right now for a 2BR, but the new job will raise our net income by almost 50%, so we can go up from there.
He's thinking Menlo Park, but that's an hour+ for me according to google maps and rents are worse than in SF.
[upon preview: there are tons of similar questions, but mostly from single guys with different priorities. The ones that seemed most relevant were a few years old and I'm worried the commute time estimates might not be accurate, but if I've missed a keeper, I'd love to read it]