Housing in the bay.... Need an advice!!!πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

May 11 88 Comments

Guys, give me some advices how to rent a private studio here
I am tired of living with strangers. Please, help!!!! How to rent studio here, not so expensive? Or maybe just to get morgage???? I am tired of this terrible housing, please, please, give me advices or I will drive myself crazy.
Thanks!❀

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  • New zon2b
    Move out of the bay. ASAP
    May 11 11
    • No. Not agree. Not lol at all!!!
      I pay $800 for a room. What 30-40 K are you talking about?
      I spend just around $10K for living with strangers. But the main issue, that I hate that and I am falling to depression at the end.
      And this is not funny at all.
      I feel really bad 😭
      May 11
    • New / Eng
      TechLeed

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      So you pay $800 for a room, and your miserable. So you pay $10k to be miserable with people.

      Have you even looked at the prices for studios in SF? They're 3-4k+/mo. There's 36k if you buy the low end.

      I'm not trying to make you depressed I'm telling you the situation you're actually in. Don't be persuaded by an inflated salary when you have to spend it to even get it.

      If you move further out your rent goes down but you commute increase, you may be fine spending hours in traffic, or live in a worse off area (not that it's good to begin with, just worse than another option). It's a balance of cost and time spent in the car. Very valuable time you could be doing other things rather you want to do than extra hours in the office because you don't want to sit in traffic.

      Your happiness should be number one priority because it's the last on everyone else's list (exceptions are people who you're friends with, but you'll always interact with more strangers than true friends)
      May 11
    • I am almost crying right now. Thank you very much. That advice, that was my post for. And you helped to get my brain back in.
      I really appreciate your answer.
      Tomorrow might be the last day of my life, nobody knows, but I didn't live at all, and felt miserable....
      May 11
    • Capital One Vfua50
      Move to Seattle or Austin . Bay Area is for young crowd who works hard for better TC .
      May 11
    • I do work hard. Very hard. I am just tired of housing stuff
      May 11
  • F5 Networks RRA
    Current TC/YOE?
    May 11 6
    • I am not a dev, just QA.
      May 11
    • F5 Networks buzz-word
      With that salary, no house for you. That’s how bad it is.
      May 11
    • Right😭 Maybe at least a little studio? Maybe they will give it to me in morgage? Not sure
      May 11
    • F5 Networks buzz-word
      You can rent in Pleasenton area perhaps
      May 11
    • Probably, I can. I posted everywhere yesterday. Just checking the options right now. Definitely wanna to improve my style of life. I am sending to you good vibes🌝
      May 11
  • Uber / Eng
    B4k4

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    B4k4more
    Consider moving to Texas or North Carolina. They have decent cost of living and have a lot mor opportunities in the data field without the same level of competition. Raleigh, Dallas, Austin are good places to consider. All the very best mate!
    May 11 7
    • New mikito
      Don't be scared, people in Texas are nicer than in Bay Area. You'll also save on income tax.
      May 11
    • Seriously? But how they treat people with accent? I've heard they are very conservative. Here, in Bay, it is melting pot, so everybody accepts me. It is also important. Not being an alienπŸ™„
      May 11
    • New mikito
      They don't care as long as they understand you. Of course, they had less exposure to foreign accents compared to Bay Area, but it usually helps to rephrase what you've just said to help people understand you. Again, it's just a language barrier, not a cultural one.
      May 11
    • Sounds good. I might consider that again!
      Thank you for decent advice this evening πŸ‘
      May 11
    • New / Eng
      TechLeed

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      I think there is a stigma that the south hates anything that doesn't match their skin. Despite "southern hospitality" being a thing... In the big cities you shouldn't have that be an issue, especially in Austin, still plenty of traffic around Austin so at least visit and get a feel for the area.

      Don't let your blue friends fearmonger.
      May 11
  • Facebook
    InstagrΠ°m

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    InstagrΠ°mmore
    Move to Seattle and buy a nice SFH
    May 11 14
    • New / Eng
      TechLeed

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      Just pivot your view from being alone to just how good of an opportunity you are at right now. You are in America, making 90k, debating on where to live in the most expensive state with skills people are willing to pay you for.

      That's pretty good imo, it's all your outlook but from my understanding you have a hell of an opportunity so don't soil it with thoughts about rain, embrace that you have weather and shelter that protects you and makes it your home.

      Home can be anywhere but it just requires you to _make it_ home. And that is different from everyone. Good luck, I'd only consider wasting money on therapy (plenty of people will listen to you for free) unless you think you're actually depressed instead of just homesick. Bring your home to you, culture, objects, paintings, games, whatever. The only one preventing you from being happy is you, so get out of your own way and find the things that make you truly happy and embrace yourself with them.
      May 11
    • I would!❀ Whoever you are, thank you very much for all those answers and help me today.
      May 11
    • I would definitely do all that. I just forgot for short period of time, how live is value. I've been surviving for some period of time, so it changed me a little and made me to start running those rat races. But I would stop and listen to myself, my soul and inner voice
      May 11
    • Capital One Vfua50
      Yeah go to Seattle or Austin
      May 11
    • Everybody agree here. I should probably go.
      May 11
  • New / Eng going2g
    OP move to the Dallas area. I know a QA there making 60k. No state income tax and you can get your own 1 bedroom apartment for $1k/month.

    The people there are really nice, your friends who are trying to scare you probably haven't even visited. I'm guessing you're an immigrant, and there are huge immigrant communities there.
    May 11 3
    • I will probably consider that. Thank you for good decent advice!
      Yeah, I am an immigrant, you got it
      May 11
    • New / Eng
      TechLeed

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      If anything they just hate illegal immigration.

      Emphasis on the illegal part.
      May 11
    • I am legal, so should be good, I guessπŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
      May 11
  • Tesla afkisdi
    There are some tiny private studios in people's backyard, sometimes they build adu's. You can look into those? Tiny af though, but you get your private space. Will need to share laundry
    May 11 5
    • I am ok to live in tiny. But I don't want to live in the garage or those small storages for stuff. I need something livable with kitchen and bathroom.
      May 11
    • Tesla afkisdi
      Well how much are you willing to pay then? 90k isn't a lot in bay to not have roommates....
      May 11
    • Around $1200 for studio. I think it is reasonable. Tiny studio for quiet single person doesn't cost more
      May 11
    • Tesla afkisdi
      Loll then why are you still looking for advice then??
      May 11
    • What do you mean, why? Because I need an advice how to find a cheap studio.
      Maybe some secrets, or hidden website. I don't know
      May 11
  • Uber / Eng
    B4k4

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    Texas has low rent, low state taxes, large well established immigrant diaspora and growing opportunities. I have several friends who moved from California to secondary cities to escape the housing crunch.
    May 11 3
    • Really? So you recommend it to me? What's feedback from your friends? How they like it?
      May 11
    • Uber / Eng
      B4k4

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      B4k4more
      Most are happy. Travel and find the right community that suits you. Life is a journey my friend - the road goes onwards
      ...
      May 11
    • πŸ₯° I like that. But to travel I need vacation. I am contractor, that's mean no vacation 😣
      May 11
  • New / Eng
    10yoe250k

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    10yoe250kmore
    GTFO from SFBA. CoL is slowly killing you while you are ranting on Blind.
    May 11 1
  • And that commute, that's kill me. To get from Cupertino to San Jose, take me almost 2 hours both ways every day.
    OMG, there is no light at the end of the tunnel, looks likeπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ
    May 11 6
    • Visa / Eng kjzO64
      Once the Milpitas BART station opens up you could have a no car commute. You could walk to BART and then transfer to the VTA light rail.
      May 11
    • Right...but the main problem, I don't know where to move. I almost didn't visit any states. Since I immigrated, I was working for 3,5 years, without vacation. That's probably a reason of my depression.
      About value is also correct.
      I am trying to boost my value with online courses on weekends, but it is sooo slow, so even makes me more depressed and seems for me that I will never get it done. πŸ™„
      May 11
    • Once the Milpitas BART station opens up you could have a no car commute. You could walk to BART and then transfer to the VTA light rail.>>>> Hope so. But I don't rely on it anymore.
      May 11
    • New / Eng
      TechLeed

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      Self learning is a skill in itself that is valuable. Any progress to advance yourself should be seen as a net positive instead of dwelling on the negative of time it takes to do so. Eventually over time you'll know what segments you need to understand and how to grok information. These are skills that are valuable in any field because if you can do it in one you can certainly understand other fields much better.
      May 11
    • Yeah, 100% truth. I agree. Thank you!🌞
      May 11
  • Facebook public2
    Find a place you like and expect to pay 4500 to 5000. That's it.
    May 11 5
  • New / Eng
    10yoe250k

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    10yoe250kmore
    Have you considered becoming homeless and claiming welfare benefits? It can bump your TC.
    May 11 5
  • Thermo Fisher / Sales zeussical
    Check Gilroy. Maybe you could take Caltrain close to where you need to be?
    May 11 4
    • Visa / Eng kjzO64
      Good idea. A quick Zillow check reveals that Morgan Hill is also cheap enough, and Morgan Hill is closer.
      May 12
    • At me check Gilroy. I think too far from my workπŸ˜‘
      May 12
    • Thermo Fisher / Sales zeussical
      As Visa said, Morgan Hill could be an option too.
      May 12
    • I am checking Morgan Hill on Zillow right now. Thank you guys!
      May 12
  • May 11 1
  • Visa / Eng kjzO64
    You can get a one bedroom apartment in the east bay for < (90k / 12) * 0.3 = 2,250.

    You’ll have to commute a bit, but you’ll have your private space.
    May 11 1
    • Yeah, I can, but do I need to? I can easily rent a studio here, in San Jose for cheaper, but....I am trying to save as much as I can. Looks like it is not the option anymore, since I ended up with strongest headache every weekend.
      May 11
  • LinkedIn / Other ZerotoIPO
    You can live in a guest house or detached bedroom. They have private bath, private entrance, but shared kitchen. They go for 1300 or so in bay are.
    May 11 1
    • Shared kitchen is the worst part. At the end it is coming to the situation, when I can't use kitchen at all in 99% of situations.
      So this option is not matching at all.
      But...thanks for attention anyway
      May 11