SF Bay Area residents – where to live?

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Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

cece_intheuk: those are all great neighborhoods! Honestly, budget will be your biggest limiting factor. Get a rent controlled apartment if you can because otherwise, your rent will go up anywhere from 7-12% a year. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

If you want to get out of the city, there are great neighborhoods in Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, etc… Just depends on how CITY you want to be. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

cece_intheuk:  also something to think about — what are the odds you’ll work in the South Bay, eventually? Mountain View, Palo Alto, etc.? Potero Hill and Bernal / Glen Park are great for those. East Bay (where PrahaJess suggested) and North Bay (Tiburon / Sausalito) are not so good. 

Just depends on how long you see yourself staying and where you might work after FiDi. 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Rockridge and North Berkeley are both great, too, if you want to be close to BART but have a little more space/a lot more sun. Lots of great hiking close by, too. I love Glen Park, my work shuttle picks up there. Cole Valley is also pretty adorable, and walkable to the park. It’s juuuuust outside of the fog line, too, so you’ll have a touch more sun in the summer while western San Fran is drowning in fog.

Sausalito/Tiburon are pretty but kind of inconvenient (you are at the mercy of the ferry or the GG Bridge). I find them overrun with tourists often and Tiburon is almost obnoxiously quaint – kind of has a Hollywood sound stage feel to me, and is an “older money” residential area.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you’re looking for something easily commutable, you’ll have to rule out the north bay. Right now you’re looking at SF itself and the east bay. I personally would never move to SF, which is why I recommend North Berkeley, Rockridge, or by Lake Merritt.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

cece_intheuk: No worries! A friend of mine picked the East Bay (Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda) because kids! Stay at home wife! and now they are miserable because they don’t have rent control, feel trapped and hate the 45 min. commute. 

I commute to Berkeley (not North Berk, just downtown Berk) by BART and it’s a hike. From door to door I’m looking at 45 – 60 minutes each way to the Mission (includes the walk to the BART stop). Something to consider if you decide Rockridge / Berkeley is right for you and you end up commuting to Palo Alto / Mountain View. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Don’t currently live in the bay but grew up in san Jose( willow glen)  area And its the best place I ever lived. Hoping to get transferred back. Willow glen, saratoga, Los gatos, Campbell All amazing South Bay areas 

whoops missed sf. I also lived in the east bay. Walnut creek it waa a great area. 

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Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I live in Emeryville – used to live in Berkeley – and it’s about 15-20 mins to the Mission via BART (love Emeryville, but there isn’t rent control here, and rents have soard in the past few years as Emeryville has completely redeveloped itself, so you’re looking at the same 10-15% hike every year unless you buy), so if you lived close to BART in Berkeley/Rockridge, you’d probably not have longer than 25-30 mins commute time if you hit the trains right. I commute to South San Francisco via the Emery-go-round bus, BART, and tech shuttle and it takes an hour, whereas downtown is much, much faster. You can also take the ferry from Jack London Sq in Oakland to the Embarcadero, with has free validated parking. Transbay buses are also good options from Oakland/Berkeley/Emeryville. Cole Valley will mean a MUNI commute which is less reliable than BART, so that’s something to consider (many places in San Fran proper take longer to get downtown than locations in the immediate East Bay, since they don’t have direct BART access).

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

cece_intheuk:  Definitely keep in mind what side of the city you are on. The eastern side is the sunniest with around 260 sunny/clear days per year, whereas the other side has the fog rolling in all the time and is foggy/cloudy like 300+days/year. My aunt lived on the foggy side and said it drove her mad until she finally bought a house on the eastern side of the city where it’s sunny.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

I live on the little island of Alameda, which is quite safe, very charming, affordable, and an easy commute in because of proximity to the highway and a ferry that literally takes 15 minutes to get to the financial district (the ferry building/embarcadero). I love it here and would never move to SF, although there are really nice (read: expensive) neighborhoods.  Did I mention I can walk to the beach in about 5 minutes?  🙂

ETA: There is also carpooling a block from my house as well as the transbay bus that goes to the financial district in about 20 minutes. And we get plenty of sunshine in Alameda, but it’s generally a few degrees cooler than Oakland and other inland East Bay cities. 

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Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I taught in Alameda for years and would definitely second checking it out. My only caveat is that it doesn’t have its own BART station, so you’d have to do a bus to BART (which is fine; I often did it from Berkeley, where I lived). But if you have a car it’s a moot point.

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