(Closed) Is this a good price for an apartment? So lost.

posted 6 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Those rates look about right.  I would look on craigslist to compare going rates.  But from friends that live out in the Dublin/Pleasanton Area, that is definitely compareable.  Those apartments are all new construction and very nice.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Mrs Hedgehog: I was looking at Avalon Paseo properties (same management as yours) in Fremont since we’re waiting to hear back about a possible job for my Fiance in San Francisco.  I think it’s a lot cheaper than yours had listed but it’s not across from BART.  I think Avalon Paseo is on the bus route, he’d take a bus to BART.  Also, you can buy a permit to some of the BART stations if you want to drive to the nearest BART station instead of taking other public transit.  Our biggest concerns were cost (2 bedroom less than $2000/mo) which means we would have to live quite a bit further from BART and San Fran, we were also concerned about getting a cat friendly place.  

EDIT: From the research I’ve done, the rates you’re looking at seem about standard.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

It seems to be at the same price range as others in the area, but if you want space there are other neighborhoods as well. Reviews for those apts aren’t very good either, I know you shouldn’t read into reviews too much as people are more likely to post something negative than positive.
Have you looked into places in Alameda? I’m living in the Northbay but if I transfer to Cal Berkeley my SO and I are looking into places there. Love the old homes and victorian apartments. Plus access to SF and Oakland is really easy.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Yeah, it can be tough to get a good place there… there’s zero growth since it’s an island. I guess a lot of areas look inexpensive to me since I’m in Marin County in a 400-430 sq foot apartment that’s costing me just $75 less a month than my old 1500 sq foot townhome in San Diego.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Do you have to be in the east bay? Even if I had to commute to cal, I’d live in the city, especially if you’re saving for a home. Live in sf while you can! The only reason we moved was to buy a home.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I guess I don’t see much savings, as living in Dublin isn’t cheap, and the Bart ride would be fairly long going into the city. I rented a 4 bedroom in the sea cliff neighborhood for $2400, and that’s when rents were higher. Took me 20 minutes to drive to work, or 45 on muni. Sf isn’t the place if you want new construction, granite, stainless and a more suburban feel,though. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Mrs Hedgehog: I totally understand where you’re coming from.  It’s a balance between staying budget friendly so you can save for a downpayment on a house and being close enough to public transit.  Honestly, the only advice I have is to just keep looking through the listings and getting a feel for prices.  You might even find a house to rent for cheaper after you’ve lived there for awhile.  Maybe you could negotiate a shorter lease that way you know the area better once you are out there and want to move away from apartment living.  Good luck!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Mrs Hedgehog: Don’t have much advice to offer, but just want to say good luck.  I understand your wanting to be near the BART as traffic on 580 can be horrendous.  My Darling Husband lives and works in Livermore, while I’m in Davis for grad school.  Have you considered Livermore?  They have a cute downtown, and lots of good wineries in the southern area.  The BART doesn’t go out there, yet, but I think rent is slightly less than Dublin.  It’d be a short commute to catch the BART, plus I’m sure there is public transportation to take you there.  

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Ms Hedgehog I’ve been following your posts on your hubby’s transfer and although I don’t live there I’ve just come back from my honeymoon to San Francisco. We stayed near Union Square and used the cable cars and street cars for transportation. Driving in SF can be a nightmare and after I read some of the parking/moving violations in our AAA tourbook the public transportation looked pretty good!!! Just be prepared to squeeze yourself in cuz it gets awefully crowded at times. We got to know the locals real well this way… 🙂

I wish you well on your new venture and if you’re a “shoe luvin’ kinda girl” I found out that DSW (Designer Shoe Wearhouse) is opening a 4 story store in March and although I loved the 3 story one I visited I might just have to go back one day in the spring just to see all the lovelies!!!!

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