San Jose/Bay Area Living

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    Oct 03, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    So I tried searching the forums but couldn't find anything so I figured I might as well just ask...

    I might be relocating to the San Jose area for my job and have been scouring the internet to find recommendations for a good place/area in San Jose to live. But I can only find outdated recommendations (2 years old or so) from various websites. Are there any guys out there who live there now who could give a recommendation? I'm looking for an area where a single 31 year old guy can go out and meet other people my age easily but I also want to be able to access outdoor places (love running and hiking and want to take up biking). I'm thinking either downtown San Jose or Santana Row....but I don't want to overlook any other potential areas to consider. A co-worker recommended Palo Alto but I'll be working in Downtown San Jose so not sure about the commute.

    Also, does anyone have good gym recommendations?

    Thanks in advance guys - I really appreciate the help. If you have any other advice to give about living in the area, please share.
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    Oct 03, 2011 9:13 AM GMT
    Downtown, mos def, especially if you're working there. SJ is small, so your commute by foot will be a breeze. That will make your life really nice. I founded two companies in downtown SJ and I lived in Paseo Plaza condos - was awesome.

    There's a ton of cool condos and apts for rent there now, with gyms and pools and such, and they're all 10 years or less old (a ton of building went on pre-crash),

    We had a little gym in Paseo Plaza that I used after hours, and a great pool/hot tub. I miss that. I drove to the old SJ Gold's on Meridan for my real gym -- 10 min drive. They bulldozed that Gold's down and built two ones to replace it which both sucked IMHO. Don't really know the gym situation there anymore as I left for SF 9 years ago. Yikes, time flies.

    But DONT live in Santana Row -- unless you want to live in a mall.

    SJ is ragged on by almost everyone in the bay area, but they've never lived there. If you live downtown, it's actually a great little place to live, and when you get stir crazy (cause it is a rather small downtown for a city of a million people), you can head up to SF for your fix. Then when you freeze your ass off in SF, you can be grateful for the weather in SJ icon_smile.gif

    Here's a CL link for ya:

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/apa/sby?query=&srchType=A&minAsk=&maxAsk=&bedrooms=1&nh=36

    Enjoy!
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    Oct 04, 2011 5:31 AM GMT
    iguanaSF saidDowntown, mos def, especially if you're working there. SJ is small, so your commute by foot will be a breeze. That will make your life really nice. I founded two companies in downtown SJ and I lived in Paseo Plaza condos - was awesome.

    There's a ton of cool condos and apts for rent there now, with gyms and pools and such, and they're all 10 years or less old (a ton of building went on pre-crash),

    We had a little gym in Paseo Plaza that I used after hours, and a great pool/hot tub. I miss that. I drove to the old SJ Gold's on Meridan for my real gym -- 10 min drive. They bulldozed that Gold's down and built two ones to replace it which both sucked IMHO. Don't really know the gym situation there anymore as I left for SF 9 years ago. Yikes, time flies.

    But DONT live in Santana Row -- unless you want to live in a mall.

    SJ is ragged on by almost everyone in the bay area, but they've never lived there. If you live downtown, it's actually a great little place to live, and when you get stir crazy (cause it is a rather small downtown for a city of a million people), you can head up to SF for your fix. Then when you freeze your ass off in SF, you can be grateful for the weather in SJ icon_smile.gif

    Here's a CL link for ya:

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/apa/sby?query=&srchType=A&minAsk=&maxAsk=&bedrooms=1&nh=36

    Enjoy!


    Thanks iguanaSF! I definitely appreciate the info and your thoughts. I think I will take a look into living in downtown SJ and thanks for the craiglist link - I didn't realize how easy it is to go apartment hunting through CL!
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    Oct 04, 2011 5:40 AM GMT
    This whole area is so spread out that it's hard to come up with a "good" district. Probably the most gay district is the Rose Garden (It's halfway between downtown SJ and Santana Row), which has some nice places. It's also one of the more expensive places to live, but … if you can afford it, it might be worth it.
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    Oct 04, 2011 5:56 AM GMT
    Just moved to the area in July. Found some good executive appartments in the North San Jose and Santa Clara area. You can take public transportation to downtown easily. Great group on appartments on North First community feeling, some 49ers live in the complex.

    There are several 24 hour fitness gyms in the area.
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    Oct 04, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    Skip San Jose all together and live on the coast. I live in Monterey and its gorgeous. I've never been a fan of the city. The Monterey coastline is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see.
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    Oct 04, 2011 7:24 AM GMT
    Saber170 saidSkip San Jose all together and live on the coast. I live in Monterey and its gorgeous. I've never been a fan of the city. The Monterey coastline is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see.


    That's nice in theory, but the commute over 17 into San Jose will be a nightmare for him. In the winter? With the road closed all the time? That's a prescription for a hellish life. If his job was on the coast, totally, but I wouldn't send my worst enemy on a daily commute over the Santa Cruz mountains.
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    Oct 04, 2011 7:55 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    iguanaSF said
    Saber170 saidSkip San Jose all together and live on the coast. I live in Monterey and its gorgeous. I've never been a fan of the city. The Monterey coastline is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see.


    That's nice in theory, but the commute over 17 into San Jose will be a nightmare for him. In the winter? With the road closed all the time? That's a prescription for a hellish life. If his job was on the coast, totally, but I wouldn't send my worst enemy on a daily commute over the Santa Cruz mountains.

    I've done that drive many times. One of my oldest friends used to live in San Jose and when I'd visit we'd drive to Santa Cruz and down to Monterey. Beautiful, but I can't imagine doing it daily. Or in the winter.


    Agree it's a wonderful scenic drive -- and it's amazing how the air clears as you come over the top of Skyline Drive and head down to the ocean.

    But those that do it every day end up either insane or dead.
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    Oct 04, 2011 8:03 AM GMT
    If you want to be close to the trails (running, hiking, and even Mt. Biking) try Sunnyvale, Cupertino or Mt. View as options as well.
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    Oct 06, 2011 4:02 AM GMT
    awesome - thanks for all the good suggestions! also, now i look forward to checking out the monterrey coastline when i get there (even if i don't get a place there)!