A Question for the guys in the San Francisco Bay Area

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    Mar 27, 2010 4:43 PM GMT

    I have been living in San Francisco for three years and although I like some parts of city living, I am thinking about looking into a move out to the Peninsula. I work in the city but I am willing to commute for a better quality of life (more value for the money, a larger place etc). Sometimes I work a lot and travel a lot for work and I am looking for a nice peaceful place to unwind when I get home.

    Most of the people I know who live on the Peninsula are married coworkers who have different criteria for where they live (good schools etc). I realize for resale value I probably do want to live someplace with good schools but I myself have no children.

    I rent now but I am looking to buy. I have looked at places in San Francisco and even though prices have come down some, I have not seen any place that made me think about buying it.

    So, a question for the guys who live on the Peninsula. How is life on the Peninsula, which towns would you suggest I look into? Is there enough to do on the Peninsula or do you find yourself coming into San Francisco most of the time anyway? Did you pick where you live because its close to work, or was a reverse commute an option for you?

    Google maps suggests that San Francisco to Sunnyvale is a 1 hour commute along the 101 with traffic so that's probably as far south as I would go.

    I am not opposed to living in East Bay or North Bay but my perception is that it is a tough commute to the city or to parts of the Peninsula from these locations.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
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    Mar 27, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    The East Bay is fine for commuting if you live close to a BART station. Much better than driving either over the Bay Bridge (from the East Bay) or the 101 (South Bay).
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    Mar 27, 2010 7:22 PM GMT
    I have lived 30 yrs in the Bay area much of it on the Peninsula, Sam Mateo Burlingame area and loved it there. I travel the Bay area so know most of it. That area is great to commute and gives you access to the City. It was easier for me to get to SF restaurants and the Castro area than many that live in SF. I moved to the East Bay Alameda with my second lover and now single still find it easy to get to SF.

    Depending on your activity level the Peninsula offers some better options especially if you are within the 20 min radius of SF. It certainly is warmer out of the city during the summer and very easy to get to if you want to utilize what SF has to offer.

    Be warned that many that live in SF have the Dorothy from Kansas syndrome and believe nothing exists outside the bridges icon_eek.gif. If you want friends and colleagues to come to dinner that live in SF they usually need a months advance notice and a list of Hotels or a spare bedroom. Even if you live like I do 20 min. from SF.

    Best of luck to you
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    Mar 28, 2010 1:20 AM GMT
    I'm a city dweller, (I rent) but friends live outside SF.
    Sunnywale as youre suggesting, is really south--that would be a long commute to SF and back. I dont think Google maps has that correct. It might be more than 1 hr. But lets assume, its an hour. If you spend 2 hrs of your day (round trip) stuck on the 101-S, Im not sure youre imporving your quality of life.
    Also, because of Silicon valley, things dont necessarily get cheaper as you move south away from SF.

    I'd say, you should try and stick to San Mateo as the southernmost town. Burlingame has some nice spots too and SF is easy access on the 280 or 101. You can choose between Caltrain and Bart and park your car at those lots if you want to limit driving (assuming you work downtown and struggle with parking).

    Good luck.

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    Mar 28, 2010 4:16 AM GMT
    Any feedback on Daly City? I was thinking about taking a job in SF. And Daly City seemed like a reasonable commuting distance. But I have no idea what the area is like in terms of people and things to do.
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    Mar 28, 2010 4:24 AM GMT
    xrichx saidAny feedback on Daly City? I was thinking about taking a job in SF. And Daly City seemed like a reasonable commuting distance. But I have no idea what the area is like in terms of people and things to do.


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    I'll toss another one into the mill: Brisbane is actually a cute little undiscovered community. Way close to the city, but with kids and yards and a sense of community. And amazing views. It's like the "Bernal Heights" of the peninsula.

    SundaySwim is right about San Mateo and Burlingame. Nice places and not too far from SF. Very quick to the airport, and close to BART and Caltrain.

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    Mar 28, 2010 4:28 AM GMT
    I guess I'll scratch that one from my list. icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 28, 2010 4:29 AM GMT
    You should go and explore the cities, towns and neighborhoods all over the bay area. There are so many great places that you can BART or commute into.

    But like Rocco said, don't expect people from SF to come visit you. Most people who live in the city are highly averse to crossing a bridge or passing Brisbane.

    There are SOOO many wonderful towns and cities in the bay area, explore and when you find a place that speaks to you explore real estate. Move for the community that fits who you are... there are so many wonderful options.
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    Mar 28, 2010 4:35 AM GMT
    xrichx saidAny feedback on Daly City? I was thinking about taking a job in SF. And Daly City seemed like a reasonable commuting distance. But I have no idea what the area is like in terms of people and things to do.


    I moved here from Southern California about ten years ago and never thought I would like it. Really miss the weather, friends etc. I moved into the city and have come to really like it. Small town feel for a big city....hard to explain until you experience it for yourself. People are really nice. There is something for everyone. Daly City is not far, however it is perpetually foggy and damp and more family than anything else.

    You may want to take a few trips for short periods of time to check out different areas or rent a room or explore a short term lease so that you are not tied to some place that you are unsure about. After six months or so, you will have a much better idea where you want to be and can easily make the move.

    Let me know if you need any help man. Good luck.
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    Mar 28, 2010 10:11 AM GMT
    No one mentioned the North Bay. Most of it is expensive to buy but relatively cheap to rent compared to SF and amazingly beautiful.
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    Mar 29, 2010 12:59 AM GMT
    San Mateo or Burlingame is a nice city. The San Mateo bart station is easily accessible, so if you like public transport then there you have it. It would be a pain If you prefer to drive to work though. Morning traffic on 101 is insanity!

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    Mar 29, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    I have never lived on the Penisula, but find the traffic too much to bear on 101-
    instead i chose to live in the North Bay, Marin county is an easy commute to SF and takes advantage of nature a lot more., check it out.!
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    Mar 29, 2010 1:23 AM GMT
    I lived in Burlingame for 3 years and really enjoyed the time I spent there a lot. I think it's better then Daly City since its usually foggy there but Burlingame and San Mateo areas are always sunny and it is close to Bart as well with easy access to downtown SF. 101 can be interesting to get navigate so if you can take Bart so much the better.
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    Mar 29, 2010 6:08 AM GMT
    xrichx saidAny feedback on Daly City? I was thinking about taking a job in SF. And Daly City seemed like a reasonable commuting distance. But I have no idea what the area is like in terms of people and things to do.


    Fog you have to love Fog! Not in the flatlands but up close to the Ocean so you will see plenty of wet fog especially in the summer. I personally think there are better places close enough to SF to commute unless you like....did I mention FOG!