Cheap areas around San Francisco Bay area?

  • justinlee86

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    Jun 30, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I have been talking to a company regarding a job and they are looking to fill a position in the bay area. Therefore, I am scoping out the bay area to see what areas are affordable and don't cost an arm and a leg.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    Jun 30, 2011 10:39 PM GMT
    Define an arm and a leg.

    If your looking for anything under $700, its not gonna happen.

    What kind of place are you looking for too? Roommates? None? Suburbs? City?

    We need more info!

    Plus, its not gonna cost an arm and a leg, but it may cost your first child!
  • Webster666

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    Jul 01, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
    Any place you'd care to live will cost you at least $1000.00 a month rent for a studio apartment or a one bedroom apartment.
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    Jul 01, 2011 3:07 AM GMT
    I was interviewing for a few jobs a while back and researching the area. If you're looking to save money, then find a place somewhere on the peninsula and take the train into the city for work/play. Of course, it's not as exciting as actually living in the city, but at least you won't spend your entire paycheck on rent.

    Another thing you might want to consider is renting a room. This will allow you to save some money, and give you a chance to get to know the area better. If you get tired of living in a particular area, just move out and find another room to rent in a different area. No worries about getting stuck with leases.
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    Jul 01, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    CRAIGSLIST

    Aprtment share....rooms for rent.
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    Jul 01, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    Id give him $100 for his ass and balls
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    Jul 01, 2011 5:25 AM GMT
    Yes:
    Noe Valley - $$$$
    Castro - $$$.5
    Hayes Valley - $$$
    SoMa - $$$.5
    North Beach - $$$
    Marina/Cow/Pac Height - $$$.5

    Maybe:
    Twin Peaks - $$
    Mission - $$.5
    Sunset - $$
    Richmond - $$
    Nob Hill - $$
    J-town - $$.5

    No:
    Bayview - $
    Hunter's Point - $
    Tenderlion - -$
    Daly City - $.5
    Outter Richmond - $$
    Bernal Heights - $$
    Dog Patch - $$

    The city is made of a bunch of little districts that are all close together but can fluctuate significantly in price. I am naming the ones I can remember off the top of my head.
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    Jul 01, 2011 5:28 AM GMT
    "cheap" and "san francisco" are not mutually inclusive. you would have to go out a pretty good distance to find affordable housing. You can live east of the Bay like Walnut Creek or Concord and take the BART into the city.
  • delthespaz

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    Jul 01, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    The bay area is pretty large and with the bay smack in the middle, it affects commute times. You'll need to be a bit more specific about what city the job is in and how long you're willing to wait commuting to/from work.
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    Jul 01, 2011 6:49 AM GMT
    I did a bit of research when I moved to CA in Jan. All of my research was done in the East Bay.

    A studio in SF can cost you around $2000/mo. Way too expensive imo. You can get a place in Oakland for around $750/month, but it'd be in shitty, crime-infested areas where they got bars on the windows. A coworker of mine pays $1800/mo for a 2 bedroom in an area in Oakland called Jack London Square. I think the area there is a bit better. So if you want roommate that might be an option.

    I live in Alameda (once again, East Bay). It's a bit over-priced, but I'm happy with it. People here are friendly, I enjoy its small town vibe, no crazy ass traffic patterns, the weather is perfect here most of the time, and it's close enough to SF. 1 bedroom apartments here range from $1100-$1500 a month. It's separated from Oakland via tunnels so we rarely ever get crimes here. I pay $1285 for my studio, only because it has an awesome view of the Bay and SF city.

    Hope my experience helps.
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    Jul 01, 2011 8:24 AM GMT
    Berkeley is alright from what I saw. It's fortunate that it's sandwiched between Richmond and Oakland. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 01, 2011 8:29 AM GMT
    isn't it cold and foggy there?
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    Jul 01, 2011 8:54 AM GMT
    SF seems to have different weather, depending on which region you're in. So bizarre.
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    Jul 01, 2011 9:18 AM GMT
    Ok, in this paragraph I'm not talking about cost as I'm assuming the company should be able to match the cost of living of this area. As a young gay guy, you want to be living in the Castro, Duboce Triangle, Mission Dolores/Dolores Park, Mission, Lower Haight, SoMa. These areas in general are gayborhoods or close to ones and they are convenient because they are close to public transportation.

    Hmm, this post is totally about money. So Avada has a lot of nice money ratings. You definitely want to constantly refresh http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/roo/ as Sunday mentioned. You will want to get roommates or look for room openings for sure for cheaper rent (as opposed to getting your own place). It is possible to get $500 rooms if you are persistent, but good places go fast and the cheaper the place, the smaller the room and accommodations you'll have.

    That's all I have for now
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    Jul 01, 2011 9:25 AM GMT
    mmm I'm moving out of my place in the mission if your serious hit me up!
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    Jul 01, 2011 10:08 AM GMT
    Let's not forget he said "San Francisco Bay Area," not San Francisco itself.

    That's like saying you're looking for a place in Los Angeles County. The bay area isn't exactly small. You need to be a lot more specific. Commuting here can suck (not as bad as LA, but still) so I recommend finding something that minimizes the headache of getting to and from work.

    What city is the actual job prospect in?
  • justinlee86

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    Jul 02, 2011 12:17 AM GMT
    Yes well I have been doing my research...well somewhat and I was thinking around $1000 a month or so...car and all that would be provided by work, but i dont want to blow everything on rent.

    Room for rent might be another option, but we shall see.

    Thank you for some of the advice on here. The company did inform me that it would not be cheap to live there. But I figured some people on here might know the area somewhat...

    Thank you!!!
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    Jul 02, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    What zip code will you be working in?
    If you're actually going to be working in The City, you might want to forego the car.

    Housing and Car are perhaps the biggest expenses out here.

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    Jul 02, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    If the company will provide the car, power to ya! It helps me so much to run errands though a lot of my friends don't have a car. Street parking is ok in my area, though it's not as good in other areas and I have friends who pay for a garage space or have a place with one.

    $1000-1200 is doable, but really hard especially if it's a place to yourself, especially in all the areas you want to be living in. You'd need to keep on top of the ads.

    One thing you might want to do (as some friends have said this was useful) is to first find a shared place that has month to month rent so you get a feel for SF and figure out what areas you want to live in too