In February/March 2014, my roommate and I will be free to move almost anywhere within California. She graduated last year with a BFA in Writing. I write code. Where should we move in order to find a job for her, preferably in small press?
I live with my best friend and her husband. He is in the Air Force, and will be going on a one-year unaccompanied overseas assignment/deployment (non-combat) in February. As far as we've been able to confirm, she will receive BAH
based on where she lives while he's overseas. Since BAH is based on the average rental market in a generalized area, this seems to free us up to move almost anywhere, within reason.
Our primary reason for moving is to more easily find her a job. She interned for a small press in NYC during college, and would love to work for a small press out here, but any writing/editorial job would be considered. I work in software, and I currently have a job that's primarily remote that I can continue working after we move, until/unless I find something local that's better.
We're considering the Bay Area as a first choice, and possibly the LA area. I grew up in LA, and she grew up in New York, so we're not intimately familiar with the different parts of the Bay Area. We'll both have cars, but we'd (she more than me) prefer a minimal commute.
BAH will cover, or help us cover, rent initially. It ranges from $2000-$2500 around the Bay Area. So, we're looking for a 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment a couple hundred below the BAH rate for whichever area we choose, once pet rent (2 cats) and utilities are factored in.
Which areas should we be looking at for the best match of not-outrageous rent prices for a one-year lease in February/March, and interesting small press-type jobs?