How do I get a feel for living in/near Silicon Valley in 48 hours?
January 12, 2014 9:20 AM Subscribe
I'm interviewing with a major tech company near Palo Alto and planning a weekend trip to visit the area. I currently live on the East Coast so this would be a major change for me. Where should I visit/what should I do there to get a sense of what the lifestyle might be like if I decide to take the job? Do you have suggestions for neighborhoods to visit or not
posted by RobotNinja to Work & Money (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm having trouble planning this trip - I don't know whether to randomly cruise through neighborhoods, look up actual real estate openings before I go, or ... uh ...? What's the best use of my time to help me make a decision about whether to switch coasts?
I'm a young professional living in the suburbs now. I'm not a big fan of big cities - I hate places like New York, but Boston is nice. Feeling safe is extremely important to me. I have a yard now and some nice walking paths through my neighborhood that I enjoy a lot, but I've also been ok in some previous more urban apartment areas if they have nice shopping/restaurant areas to walk through. I prefer newer construction, but I realize that might not be a possibility. I expect I'd move to an apartment at first in CA before searching for a home. From what I've seen, the real estate is insanely expensive in most of the area, so I'm a little curious as to where everyone actually lives that works out there. I don't know much about the traffic, although I expect it's bad; I'd prefer something around a 45-minute commute or less.
Trying to get a feel for the area feels very daunting to me. I'm looking for advice on neighborhoods to drive through/places to see while I'm there so I can get a sense of if I would want to move to the area. Also especially interested in other East-Coasters who made the same big change. What areas near Silicon Valley sound right for me? What's the best way for me to understand what I might be getting into in a weekend trip? What is life like in Silicon Valley?