Apartment recommendations in Silicon Valley
February 26, 2014 2:54 PM Subscribe
I'm moving to California from Michigan to take a job at HP. Do you have recommendations for a 2 bedroom apartment that meets my needs? Safety and dog walkability are prime concerns. Especially interested in perspectives on Prometheus Apartments Metropolitan and Americana.
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My wife and I are moving in early April and trying to figure out where we'll live. I'd like to be within a ~45-minute commute, so we're looking anywhere from San Mateo down to San Jose. Primary concerns are:
2 Bd/2Ba, $3500 ish max. Less than $3k would be less vomit-inducing, but I've nearly given up on that. 900+ sq ft, 1000-1100+ much better (we are moving from a house so everything feels tiny).
Pet friendly for large dogs (50+ lbs). Dealbreaker otherwise.
Washer/dryer in unit. Dealbreaker otherwise.
Should have good places to walk the dog outside the apartment. We have found several really nice buildings that are awesome except for the fact that they're on major highways or have almost no walkability. Villa Granada in Santa Clara/Sunnyvale is a good example.
Should feel and be extremely safe. We've read so many stories of car breakins and thefts that we're starting to despair about every location we look. Multiple extremely nice apartments have had car breakins inside their secure garages (550 Moreland in Santa Clara, which is extremely expensive for the area, comes to mind). Is this just the norm in the area??
We also prefer a nicer building. We visiting Southwood in Palo Alto, extremely close to work. It is right on a park and has a great location, but it is so, so run-down looking and is one of the most expensive properties due to its location. If I'm going to be paying $3k+ for a tiny 2 bedroom, I strongly prefer to have a nice, luxury-feeling building.
We like nature. I like the idea of walkability to a downtown area, but we do not want to live right in a downtown. We prefer more of a suburban feel.
We thought we liked Metropolitan in San Mateo the best, but we are unsure of the neighborhood, and its proximity to major roads 3rd and 4th avenue seem to make it non-ideal for dog ownership. On the other end of the map, we liked the Villa Granada facilities the best, but it is near almost nothing, the local supermarket felt unsafe, and there is nowhere to walk a dog. Opinions on those or similar properties are especially welcome.