Advance planning for a move to San Francisco...
February 20, 2013 5:42 PM Subscribe
This is actually more like a two part question so bear with me. We are very likely moving to the bay area in the near future and could use some guidance. Also, we are heading there in about 10 days as my wife has never been and I want to make sure she falls in love with it.
The first part of my question revolves around where to live given that my office will be located in South San Francisco. I've spent some time in the city but I am not familiar at all with the suburbs. I've looked at past questions here and many of the recent ones seem to revolve around singles or childless couples but we have a five year old and are considering a second in the near future. While we'd love to live in San Francisco, the story I hear is that schools in San Francisco proper are generally poor so which suburbs offer good to great public schools while avoiding a horrendous commute? Even though it's unlikely that we'd live in the city, I would also like recommendations on family friendly neighborhoods just in case. As for criteria, when I lived in Chicago my commute was about 35 miles but took 1-1.5 hours, and while I can manage that, I'd prefer to keep it under an hour. The office will be close to a Caltrain stop and close enough to a BART stop so that should open up some options, right? We are a very urban minded family and would prefer to avoid cookie-cutter suburbs but I am open to any and all recommendations.
Secondly, my wife and I will be heading out for a long weekend in a couple weeks and I want to make sure she's loves the area. She has never been but lived in Minsk until her early teens and then lived in Chicago so she is looking forward to relocating to a major city (we're in Ann Arbor currently). Where should we go while we're in town? What restaurants, in a variety of price ranges, should we visit? What are some decent bars/lounges we should visit? I am fairly certain my wife will absolutely adore the area but I just want to make sure we really hit the highlights so hints and suggestions would be great.