Post # 1
Hello All! My FH is being assigned a position that requires us to relocate so the bay area. We are heading over there in May.
Right now we live in DC. We don’t know anyone in SF so any advice you can give would be great.
We are thinking of living over in Oakland (we heard Rockridge is the place to be there). I’ll also be looking for a job, I have a master’s in PR and have done PR & Marketing. I also am very interested in the arts (museums, performances etc.). We are big sports fans, though for Philly teams — we are excited to live in an area that has two pro football and baseball teams! I also love to explore "hidden treasures" i.e. quaint shops, yummy sandwich restaurants and bakeries, parks and weekend getaways.
If anyone has any suggestions on resources (for jobs, housing, getting acclimated, etc.) or places to become acquainted with right away, please send them my way. If you prefer to private message me that’s cool too!
We’ll be planning our wedding cross country after the move, but I would love to find some little hidden treasures that may be able to be incorporated to our wedding 🙂
Post # 3
I live in the bay area and I would not recoment Oakland as a place to live. There is a lot of crime among other things. I live in Pleasanton about 15 miles east, to further east you go the nicer it gets….suburbs I guess. PM me if you need more info.
Post # 4
Welcome to the Bay. I’ll actually be in DC next year for a year, so we’ll be switching. There was a thread a month or two ago on suggestions for things to do in SF area that might be intresting. I’m going to disagree with the above poster about living in Rockridge being too dangerous, but I definitely think it’s a matter of preference (so I’m just offering a different opinion). For sure Oakland is a higher crime area than areas further east, but there’s a lot more to do culturally. and Rockridge is definitely one of the more gentrified areas. Also, commuting East to West is very long and trafficy…but from Oakland you can BART to SF. If you can swing it though, I think I’d prefer to live in SF except that it’s more expensive.
There is plenty to do, of course…and Oakland and SF will offer a lot of the cute shops/restaurants that you’d like. You may also consider some parts of Berkeley as well, b/c it sounds like you might like it (or areas on the border between Oakland and Berkeley). Definitely take a look at the other threads…but feel free to PM if you want more specific suggestions.
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Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale
We love Rockridge!!! We have some good friends who live over there and have seriously considered moving there. While it is technically Oakland- It is a much better part of Oakland than the more scary parts. And believe me. I am picky. Plus, you’ll have Zackery’s pizza within walking distance!! We also love Elmwood in Berkeley and North Berkeley. Central Berkeley can be a bit spotty.
Let me know if you want other suggestions- like neighborhoods in SF or Marin.
Since Craigslist is based in SF -Craigslist is a great resource!! So check there for jobs and everything else you may need. One last thing, Project Wedding has a pretty large Bay Area group (unfortunately, much more so than Weddingbee- for some reason I’ve found we are lacking Bay Area brides). Hope this helps.
Post # 6
Thanks! I’ve heard that Rockridge is among the nicer areas in Oakland. Basically, we’re looking for some place that I can walk down the street in the middle of the day with no worries. I’ve lived in Philly (Manayunk area) and in DC with no problems. We’ve also considered Walnut Creek which is further east (as I’m sure you ladies know lol).
Post # 7
Yes Rockridge is definitely the nicer area in Oakland. If you live in Walnut Creek expect a long commute if you work in the city, it look me about 45 mins to and from San Francisco when I worked near there.
If you love sandwiches my favorite place in San Francisco is the Submarine Center, it’s also about 10 mins from the beach so on a nice day I grab a sandwich and head over there for a picnic. Also an FYI, at Ocean Beach in the city people won’t usually wear bathing suits because it’s usually not hot enough to. There’s also a place I’ve been wanting to try call the Yellow Submarine.
Also try Crepevine, there are a fre locations, great sandwiches, salads, breakfast, and crepes here.
As you can tell I love food 🙂
Post # 8
I’m in PR – I don’t know what your focus has been (consumer maybe?) but there are jobs out there, although understandably less jobs than the last few years. A majority of PR jobs in the Bay Area are for technology companies or PR agencies with tech accounts, so if you can scrounge up some tech PR experience between now and May or just read up on it – you’ll have more choices.
Post # 9
What city will your FI work in? Is it closer to the city, is that why you are thinking more in the Oakland area?
Post # 10
He will be likely traveling between 3 offices in the area and has company car so we don’t mind a commute. We heard Oakland is much more convenient for public transportation and a little less expensive.
To umitheelf: I did some nonprofit and consumer PR but I’m pretty familiar with the tech world. I went to Syracuse where that was nailed into our brains pretty well. I know consumer firms are far and few between so its more competitive.
Post # 11
Oh I forgot to mention that you totally need to check out the place where I am having my dress made. Even if you already have your dress, her hairpieces and the jewelry she sells it gorgeous and totally unique. It’s called Atelier des Modistes, and it’s on Hyde Street in the Russian Hill area.
Post # 12
Thanks fizicsgirl and meso3! That’s exactly the sort of thing I’m looking for. Fizics.. where abouts in DC are you relocating, have you been to the area? I can pass on some great restaurant recommendations!
Post # 13
Welcome to the Bay! 🙂
I am in Livermore in the East Bay, much more East than Oakland, though I’m over there frequently since I have some extended family who live there. While overall Oakland does have a much higher crime rate (rather notorious in the Bay Area), the Rockridge area is on the edge of it, practically in Emeryville/Berkeley, and is nicer. Piedmont and Piedmont Ave is fairly close by to that area as well, and from the sounds of it seems like a neighborhood you might enjoy — a whole street of little shops, coffee places, etc. and a niec place to live.
Having grown up in the East Bay and then rented in different parts of the Bay for a couple years before we took the plunge and bought a place in Livermore, I would say the rent/mortgage amount usually is indicative of the area. In my experience, you really get what you pay for in terms of the location and you’ll see the avg. rent rates even within the same city will vary accordingly. Since in Oakland, the safety of areas can be so different within short distances from each other, visiting each potential place in person and scoping out the area will be key to your search.
I am assuming public school systems aren’t a big consideration for you guys at this point — but if so, then I would probably not recommend most Oakland areas.
Transportation wise, BART runs through the East, South and North Bay to SF and makes getting to the city not too bad at all.
Personally, I am a super-suburban girl to the core so I don’t think I’d consider living in Oakland; I prefer a little less industrialized — but that is me. 🙂 Feel free to PM me if I can help you with anything!
Post # 14
Does anyone have any suggestions on Walnut Creek area? I know its further east and a little more suburban, but it looks like its right up our alley.
Post # 15
Hi GaBGal – I don’t know much about Walnut Creek, but right nearby is San Ramon, which is a pretty nice place too. The apartments and houses are pretty nice & reasonably priced comparing with the rest of the Bay Area. It’s also close to Bart and has an excellent school system.
Post # 16
Walnut Creek is a nice area and you could definitely find an apartment walking distance to the nice outdoor shopping area (Broadway Plaza) there. It’s not a mom and pop shopping area per se — more upscale w/ a lot of brand name chain stores, but still a very pleasant place to just walk around. I have friends who live in the Alpine Park Apartments in Walnut Creek, which is near the plaza, and they like it a lot — prices there range from $1400-2500/month. There’s a BART station in Walnut Creek as well so traveling to the city would not be too bad; driving would not be all that bad either except there can be a lot of traffic going through the tunnel to get to the city.
I currently work (and Mr. P and I used to live) in San Ramon, which the pp mentioned above. The newer side of it is a very upscale type neighborhood with a lot of new housing being developed and prices will definitely reflect that, but that said, it is a nice, nice place to live and is super safe as well. The downside is that there is no BART station close by, but they do have a bus system.
Hope to help!