Moving to the Bay Area -- where to live?
July 12, 2014 6:57 AM Subscribe
My spouse is about to be offered a new job that splits time between Emeryville (most of the time) and Redwood City. Where should we look for a house? Bonus earthquake question.
posted by anonymous to Home & Garden (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We can spend about $500k, and we definitely want to buy a house. We have a dog that needs a backyard. We've been living in houses throughout our relationship, and it would be hard to adjust to a rental. Additionally, we're trying to get pregnant.
I'm especially concerned about safety and green spaces. We currently live in Austin, TX and enjoy a very safe neighborhood (as a woman, I feel perfectly safe walking the dog or going for a run at 1am) and our house backs up on a greenbelt. I love waking up and seeing trees from the window first thing.
I'm also mildly concerned about schools because of the potential kid thing. But since it'll be a while, it's not as important to me as not getting stabbed at night or having trees.
Finally, I don't like to drive, but I have a medical condition that requires close access to doctors. I need to be able to get to the services I need, preferably without driving on bridges or freeways. Bridges freak me out, especially in earthquake country.
Speaking of earthquakes, how can we know a potential home is safe? I know that most of the houses we'll be looking at have survived multiple quakes, but how do I know we'll survive the Big One?
Assume we know nothing about the area. Thanks in advance!
Anon because neither of our current jobs know we're leaving.