Exodus: For Bay Area millennials, moving up means moving out

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Jul 8 41 Comments

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/07/07/for-bay-area-millennials-moving-up-means-moving-out/

He informally surveyed about 40 friends and found only one or two planning to stay here. “In the last few years,” he said, “we’ve really hit a wall.”

The Hursts sold their home on Pepper Tree Lane for $930,000 and are moving near Spokane, Wa., where other Bay Area friends have moved. The couple is building a 3,200-square foot custom home, with a big lot for their golden retriever, Buddy.
They sold the house in June, less than three years after they bought it. For the next month, they’ll teach summer camp and live with Jen’s parents. In August, they’ll pack up their new RV, take a long vacation and leave the Bay Area for good.

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TOP 41 Comments
  • Facebook FSYS26
    “The Bay Area is increasingly becoming a place unaffordable to the children of NIMBY parents, who have blocked the approvals of new homes that lock out our own sons and daughters from being able to live in the communities in which we raised them”

    I do not sympathize
    Jul 8 1
    • Apple / Eng lmfaoapple
      Yep NIMBY locals, the second most unsympathetic group, first being boomer NIMBYs
      Jul 8
  • LinkedIn cd-
    I’ve noticed that all the people that have moved out are white people
    Jul 8 4
    • Oracle alwzangry
      Probably because they didn't exhaust all their energy in getting to their 'dream destination' - the silicon valley!
      Jul 8
    • LinkedIn cd-
      Probably because white privilege makes them safe anywhere they go.
      Jul 8
    • Oracle alwzangry
      Okay, wtf does white privilege have to do with this? I have seen plenty of my other co-workers have moved too. It helps to have an awareness of places other than silicon valley that are livable. Where did the 'white privilege' people go where others cannot?
      Jul 8
    • Intuit fryibhy
      it's because of the demographics. they're moving back to America by leaving. I'm sure many people don't prefer to live in a region with half the population being migrant workers from all over the world. many "white people" (really it's just Americans-- the issue being that mostly only white people are Americans there) don't want to live in an international city state like Singapore where they no longer feel connected to the national identity they grew up with.
      Jul 8
  • Google browndude
    > “I’m working at 150 percent,” said Jen, a bio-chemist, “to be lower middle class.”

    Nothing to see here
    Jul 8 0
  • Apple / Eng lmfaoapple
    Great to see Tanner and Karen living their best life
    Jul 8 0
  • Apple freshmoney
    I’m moving out, it’s screwed and honestly too expensive
    Jul 8 9
    • VMware herathakur
      But atleast I would be able to save a bit more. No state tax and relatively less expensive housing. I am fine living in east side. Here in Bay Area even the suburbs are also not affordable. I guess that's not the case with Seattle, right?
      Jul 8
    • Microsoft adios2019
      You can buy 3,000 sqft house at 1.2M in the eastside. I bet the same quality will be around 3M in bay area. This house will have schools rated at least 8 or above. Skiing is less than an hour away so winter is actually fun. Summer is the best. You work hard during spring and fall. Honestly though, I don’t know why engineers in Blind complain about weather when their life is either work, on-call, or watch Netflix. In Bay, you either stuck in suburbs or city. In Seattle, you can go to both in 30 mins. Eastside is great for raising family. Seattle is for singles.
      Jul 8
    • VMware herathakur
      I think most of the people here are concerned regarding weather in Seattle, which really is not an issue for me. Another thing people might be concerned about is diversity, I think Bay Area is more diverse and Seattle is mostly white and tech people?
      Jul 8
    • Apple / Eng lmfaoapple
      Bay Area is fake diverse and Seattle is white as fuck
      Jul 8
    • Microsoft adios2019
      Seattle is a mix of white, Asian and a little bit of Indians and Russians.

      Eastside is mix of Asians, Russians and Indians. Seattle is full of American immigrants as well :) most of them are from elsewhere. White people you see are 2nd or 3rd generations of Russians, Norwegians or immigrants from Canada and Australia. There are many Asian Americans of 2nd or 3rd generations. Big Japanese population (Nintendo and Subaru have HQ here).

      Tech has lots of Indians in Seattle. Start ups don’t have many but big tech like Amazon has less Americans than Indians or Chinese. Microsoft is like 50% Indians except Bing (Chinese mostly) and Xbox (Americans mostly).

      If you point out Seattle and eastside don’t have many African Americans or Latio population, that is right. We have diversity problem in that regard.
      Jul 8
  • Microsoft NoSummer4U
    Literally a problem created by the local government. Looks at the housing policies in state of TX. No state has seen the kind of population boom like the state of TX in the last decade. Still, they managed to keep housing prices in check because of the local laws that react faster to demand.
    Jul 8 2
    • Microsoft pJcW86
      Geography isn't as limiting ie bodies of water and mountains but agree the city limiting zoning causes these issues.
      Jul 8
    • Facebook wertyq123
      Well, Bay Area is full of empty lots and low density areas. Restrictions zones and regulations makes almost impossible to build new houses.
      Jul 8
  • Microsoft pJcW86
    "It's tough being rich"
    Jul 8 0
  • WeWork RPvk36
    Right; Entitled white people seeking refuge to place where their white privilege still matters.
    Jul 8 3
    • Oracle alwzangry
      Wtf does this have to do with skin color? Where did they go where others cannot go?
      Jul 8
    • Nextdoor / Product recess
      Found the liberal apologist. duH wyTe MeN iS eViL
      Jul 9
    • Google NSFW4
      Sounds racist
      Jul 9
  • Samsung
    chajimogo

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    chajimogomore
    I don’t mind moving to Spokane as long as I am Anglo Saxon. There they left that part out.

    Tons of ppl who have ridiculous mortgages would love to move out. But most areas outside of the typical tech hubs are not going to be minority friendly.
    Jul 9 0
  • Google / Eng OmgS48
    Yeah. Moving on...
    Jul 8 0
  • Microsoft adios2019
    Many people will leave. Many will stay. Many will come. Such a meaningless article with no useful statistics like how many moved out vs moved in and who are those people.
    Jul 8 1
    • Facebook public2
      It did share that more move in than out lol
      Jul 8
  • Oracle alwzangry
    Yeah, there's no reason for real estate prices to ever come down in Bay Area... Nobody sells because of high paper-value/prop 13, rental demand, and AirBnB. Of course, we can't allow competition from high density housing, although we like employers to come here.

    I also think I'll remain hot and sexy when I am 80 years old.
    Jul 8 0
  • Nextdoor / Product recess
    Carpet baggers. Hope Buddy pisses on their bed.
    Jul 8 0
  • Apple RoidRage
    I’m not a fan of the Bay Area but it’s still the best in terms of opportunities for what I’d like to do. This is coming from a person who heavily resisted and then finally relented and moved here from a lower cost geo.
    Jul 8 2
    • Apple wos8
      How long have you been here for? Do you feel it’s been worth it?
      Jul 10
    • Apple RoidRage
      5 years. I’ve got other reasons to be here though. Spouse is from here and also works in tech and because of Apple we decided to just settle here. I do feel it’s been worth it from the compensation perspective and getting out of my downward spiraling previous employer. That said, Apple was in my old geo as well- it just so happens the mothership reached out first.
      Jul 10
  • Facebook public2
    Glad they found a solution. Spokane is nice enough area and they will live super well. Why is this news?
    Jul 8 4
    • Facebook bhha
      Isn’t Spokane pretty bummy? I remember seeing it on cops multiple times and everyone there looked like a drug addict
      Jul 8
    • Facebook public2
      Naw, standard mid sized town. Lots of great skiing nearby in Idaho and plenty of nice folks. Big houses and yards. Weather is much more extreme than seattle though. Super hot in summer and cold in winter.
      Jul 8
    • Yahoo / Design getAway
      Didn't you buy a property there ?
      Jul 8
    • Facebook public2
      Me? No
      Jul 8