So there is a 50/50 shot....

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    May 23, 2008 9:45 PM GMT
    Of me packing up at the end of June (or selling most of what I own) and moving to San Francisco with my company as we have a major office out there. Coming from the NYC metro, I expect a high cost of living...what I did not expect was to NOT find any viable apartments (even studios) on craigslist on the 1900-1950 area...(actually i found around 50 listings)...so I am a bit nervous. I have also never been to SF before...but I moved to NYC before I really visited and loved it so the same will happen here - not truly concerned. I would appreciate advice from everyone who is able to give it...what would you tell this east coast guy about living in the west...

    Yes the dog, the truck, and the "east coast-ness" would be coming with me icon_smile.gif.

    I pretty much know about THE CASTRO but don't know much else....

    HEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!
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    May 23, 2008 10:27 PM GMT
    The pace of life is very different on the west coast. People will walk and speak much slower than you are used to, even in major urban centers in CA. Be prepared for people to think you're on speed for the first couple of weeks.

    Weather varies considerably less over the course of the year than you'll be used to. In the SF area, there are still seasons, but the vary more on the wetness than the temperature--virtually all of the rain of the year comes between October and April, and the summers are relatively dry. There's still a temperature variation, but 90 in SF is much more pleasant than 90 in NYC is. Also realize that SF is on roughly the same latitude as DC, so you can expect a lot of variation in the hours of daylight between summer and winter.

    Referring to it as Frisco will get you laughed at by people from and/or naturalized to CA. This seems silly to me, but it's what I experienced.

    Beach volleyball and water polo are relatively major sports in CA.

    Earthquakes of less than 5 on the Richter scale are mostly ignored by the local population. Your first one of 4-5 magnitude will seem a much bigger deal to you than to anyone nearby.

    Be prepared for hills. The terrain is significantly more rugged than what you'd be used to from NYC.

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    May 23, 2008 11:03 PM GMT
    When did San Francisco become Jackson, Mississippi? icon_smile.gif

    I thought lots of people from the east go there as they can stand the thought of moving to LA...I would think most would talk somewhat quickly but enjoy a more laid back life...

    Frisco aye? I think I'll call it that just to annoy people.

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    May 24, 2008 4:17 AM GMT
    Some west coastsers might misinterpret east coast candor and forthrightness as being overly aggressive or hostile. I'm not sure if that is true of SF, but it certainly was when I lived in the Pacific Northwest. The first loud New Yorker I met scared the crap out of me.icon_lol.gif
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    May 24, 2008 7:16 AM GMT
    Woo. LaSalle, think of it this way... in SF you can marry! icon_cool.gif
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    May 24, 2008 10:15 AM GMT
    LOL NY State is not tooooo far away from the marriage prop...

    as for my forthright-ness rby...yes that will probably have to be toned down slightly...but even if i rub someone the wrong way, ill just tell them to look at the "doe eyes of my puppy" and not the "15mpg city suv i drive" ha.

    im pretty excited about it but again its a 50/50 shot and i have NO idea where i would live out there...im looking at the east bay and the penninsula which seem to have the best value for the homes but again i dunno. specifically pacifica seemed like one of the best places to live.

    thoughts?
  • Koaa2

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    May 24, 2008 10:27 AM GMT
    I lived in the Castro and loved it. I think it is one of the best places to live in the City, not only for the Gay life, which is changing a bit, but because of the location to transportation downtown, entertainment and the ability to walk to meet all your needs. You would not have to own a automobile if you lived in the Castro and could commute to work. I also think it has some of the best weather, as the fog will settle right above the hills and it is quite often very sunny. I visit once or twice a year, and always stay at Becks, in the Castro, great coffee shop right across the street. I love where I am but San Francisco is always in my heart. If you can afford it, thats where I would live. Have fun.