San Fran: where to stay?

  • hunkhunting

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    Jul 30, 2015 4:44 AM GMT
    Hi guys,

    I'm visiting San Fran for a month, with a view to maybe moving there.

    What would be the ideal location to stay, from which to explore all the key areas of San Fran, to see if I like living there?

    The location must be near a good pool with gym.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Cheers
    Chris
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    Jul 30, 2015 6:09 AM GMT
    hunkhunting saidHi guys,

    I'm visiting San Fran for a month, with a view to maybe moving there.

    What would be the ideal location to stay, from which to explore all the key areas of San Fran, to see if I like living there?

    The location must be near a good pool with gym.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Cheers
    Chris


    It's a question of budget and when you want to visit . A cheap hotel by the airport with a pool and gym, 15 miles from SF is around $ 6,500 for a month. Ideal places are $12,000 a month. Air b& b will run around $100 a night no gym or pool.
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    Jul 30, 2015 12:23 PM GMT
    Oakland is the geographic center of the Bay Area...you can probably find a sublet for 1-month...stay in Jack London, Lake Merritt, Uptown or Old Town area. Join the oakland Y for 1-month for gym n pool. Bart access all over the bay from the city to peninsula, to Silicon Valley to contra costa....

    Shoot me an email if any specific questions
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    Jul 30, 2015 3:02 PM GMT
    LeftofCenterus saidOakland is the geographic center of the Bay Area...you can probably find a sublet for 1-month...stay in Jack London, Lake Merritt, Uptown or Old Town area. Join the oakland Y for 1-month for gym n pool. Bart access all over the bay from the city to peninsula, to Silicon Valley to contra costa....

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    For vacation, Bart is ok. But don't live across the bay and expect Bart to be reliable getting you to/from work...especially if you work weekends. It breaks down often, and the entire Bart system is going to be down this weekend.

    "No train service between SF & East Bay Aug. 1st & 2nd and Sept. 5th, 6th & 7th"
    https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2015/news20150624-0
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    Jul 31, 2015 3:49 AM GMT
    I live outside of SF, too expensive to live in SF. Perhaps consider the East Bay (Oakland/Berkeley area) or further inland ( Walnut Creek/Concord). Like others mentioned it is easy to get to SF by BART and if you live in Oakland or Berkeley, you can also take an AC Transit bus to SF.

    I live further south(closer to San Jose) only due to work my fiance works in San Jose and I will be starting a new job at Stanford. Pricing is a tad bit more affordable but you are further from the city too.
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    Jul 31, 2015 7:16 AM GMT
    It depends on what you want. Do you want to live in SF the city and experience all that it has to offer? Lots of hotel deals in SF. I like the Mission, Glen Park, Castro, Noe Valley and Upper Market areas to live in. Bart and Muni are reliable. You can always say get a hotel deal at SFO outside the city and drive into the city, though parking in SF could be a pain in the ass. Have fun.
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    Jul 31, 2015 5:27 PM GMT
    It depends.

    Good pool with gym? In the city proper, that limits you to downtown areas, and not many good pools at that.

    Oakland and Berkeley (and some suburban towns) have YMCAs with pools. If you want to explore all of the "bay area," and not just the city itself, you probably want access to an automobile. You can get anywhere in the city by pubic transit (if you have a lot of time) but the USA is not known for good public transit. In the burbs, reasonable public transit is pretty much limited to routes commuting into and out of the city. There are 2 "car-share" services in the city, but you should first thoroughly check out their details before relying on them as a source of rental cars - as a non-citizen, it is possible you might not qualify . You might need a California Drivers license (which foreigners living here can obtain - but it might take a month to get the plastic license that rental car companies require.)

    Contrary to what Paul said, BART is fairly reliable - most "breakdowns" only delay things for a half hour or so. But it only goes where it does, and if you don't live near a station and have a destination close to a station, it is not all that useful (though one can take a bike on BART).

    (www.bart.gov)


  • hunkhunting

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    Aug 27, 2015 5:25 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone. I ended up doing a mix of downtown and castro.